|He began to lay this floor and ending up ripping it out three|
times before he got what he wanted.
|The mosaic entry tile and the Italian Porcelain being laid...with our tiny|
dog Cinnamon at the side --- she lived to be approximately 16
years old. The best doggie ever at only 4 pounds.
|Cinnamon's burial plot next to our house. Deputy Dave built her|
a little pine coffin and I wrapped her in a beautiful piece of fabric.
After 16 years of her giving us unconditional love,
this was the least we could do.
As for carpeting, my friends in Germany and one of my best-friends from Spain tell me that America's idea of wall to wall carpeting is the most awful thing possible to own inside a house. What? Who are these people? Foreigners! That's who!
|Deputy Dave doing what he does best.|
And I can tell you another thing I learned from living in Germany...do NOT cross a in-country German woman who has cleaning on her mind, she is powerful, she has dangerous cleaning tools and she KNOWS how to use them.
|Deputy Dave had removed all the builder grade tile from the floors|
and from the fire place surround --- so he mimicked the mosaic entry floor
design around the fireplace, and I thought he did an awesome job.
|That is my little brother at around 15 years old and |
who is now nearly 40. But, that carpet was there when I was
8 and it was there when I was 18 and when I was 28 and beyond.
Gotta love resistance to change!
But, my flooring complaint right now relates to being a pet owner of two large dogs. It's like I've shot myself in the foot. Yes, we have lost our minds by housing two large high-shedding dogs (which I will NEVER do again) and this means that we constantly have tons of dog hair floating around, tufts can be found in the corner, under furnishings, a constant renewable layer of dog hair settles across my electronics and I detest this never-ending battle. I vacuum obsessively. It's not a pretty thing. The vacuum cleaner remains jam-packed with dog hair, in spite of constant emptying of the dirt container. It's ridiculous. Weekly, I am appalled that I have so much dog hair in my house. I think I'm developing dog hair anxiety. Is there such a thing?
Our Australian Shepherd could literally produce enough hair to daily create several toupees for those on a tight budget.
Maybe I should start making them and selling them on EBay.
"Get your official AUSSIE toupee right here! Real hair! Thick, tri-color black/tan/white toupee that only smells like dog when wet."
Anyway, I'm so glad to not have wall to wall carpeting downstairs cause that is where our dogs mainly live. However, our tile takes some serious destructive traffic. I can mop three-four times per week, but it doesn't matter, paw prints always end up all over the place. Want to find the backdoor? Follow the paw tracks. I just mopped yesterday so they should REALLY stand out.
As for large doggies living in the house...I'll never make that mistake again, especially not with high-shedding breeds. However, I'm committed to my two big doggies, for life. I love their adorable shedding butts. I just can't keep up with the messes, the destruction, and the shedding they cause. How did I end up in the dog house?
I am the woman of the house...How did I allow this to happen? How could I have been so ignorant about large dogs and the amount of shedding they produce? I truly had no idea, but I've now been educated. My level of wisdom has cranked up a notch. I now know that there are indeed breeds of dog that shed more hair than can be imagined. Even our shepherd, with the under coat removed, there are still huge problems with shedding. It's a losing battle.
I get dressed to go to lunch with my husband, Howdy runs over to us as we're walking out the door and he lightly brushes by me. I look down, my leg is literally covered in dog hair. I cannot sit on my own furniture because the dog hair is EVERYWHERE. It's leather, so I usually start whacking it with a dust towel. WHACK WHACK goes the towel and I also vacuum my sofas so every crack can be cleaned of dog hair.
|This little fluff ball, our Howdy, would end up leaving serious|
fluff balls all over the house.
Since I'm whining about dog hair, I want to make it clear that we do brush the dogs. We even have a special brush to remove the under-coats. But, my point is...I've raised my kids...it's time for some house-keeping rules that will lessen the "keeping" part on my end.
There's no doubt that the constant dog hair all over EVERYTHING makes me nuts. The job of cleaning all that never-ending hair fallout is too big of a job. As soon as I am finished with these two big dogs, I'm retiring from big dog land...no more big dogs in the main house. This has been a hard lesson for me...I never even knew large dogs could shed so much because I had never owned a large dog before these two shedding monsters. For the record, the Australian Shepherds are awesome dogs, but they are shedding machines.
One day, when I'm no longer living in big dog land, maybe we can finally enjoy the luxurious feel of wall to wall carpeting again and gross out all of our European friends. But, there won't be any more carpet until I'm not frazzled daily by excessive dog hair. However, I must be honest...the Yorkie that recently joined our family does not shed. I can hold her against me while wearing a black blouse and there is not a hair on me from her little body. She feels like silk and does not shed. If you want a low-shedding dog, a Yorkie is definitely a recommendation.
Maybe we should start planning for that nice climate-controlled dog house next door. Yes, people in Texas have these souped-up dog kennels, only for triple digit days so you won't end up with permanent hot dogs being roasted by the Texas heat. My husband's cousin has one of these nice dog houses so she can keep her house free from dog hair. Smart woman.
It's a good thing we have a few acres, I have a feeling we're going to need it. But, the dogs won't get a mosaic tiled entry...just sealed concrete and perhaps I'll paint them a wall mural with all kinds of bones. It'll be the "Dog Coop" and I will finally be able to live in a house that's free of dog hair!!! Now, I really want to put a sign in the yard and get moved to our land.
I'm dog hair exhausted. Honey, can we put the sign in the yard next week?