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Monday's pets on furniture (and a book)

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

This is our cat Greta from Spain. She is in our chair (her chair) looking for reading some book of the shelves.
- Virginia

Since I have no animals of my own (currently living a gypsy-student-life), I thought I'd submit a photo of this wonderfully colorful cat I found outside a shop in Lillehammer, Norway.
- Silje

Our pug enjoying a little bit of Seattle sun!
- Heather and Greg

In picture is my 3,5 months old frenchie Bella chillin' on my bed.
- Sandra (Zagreb, Croatia)

When my dog-girl, Pumpkin, jumped up on the table this morning (free-pile find with a sheet aluminum top with hand-crimped edges!) I couldn't resist taking the photos and sending them to you. (My husband made two of the adirondack chairs by copying the third one.)
- Melissa (El Cajon, CA)

Please find my two kitties, they are siblings and 18 weeks old now. The one on the lucite chair is Aslan The Kuching ('Kuching' means 'cat' in Malay language) and the one on the coffee table is Suri. They practically do not walk on the floor or rugs, they chase each other, hop and fly from one couch to another, to side table to my breakfast nook chair and table and to the kitchen stool. Quite a handful, they are my babies.
- J.

In the wardrobe, the black cat is Petit Coeur (little heart in French). On the bench, Miss and on the by the kitchen sink, Lipton her son.
Maria and Co (Switzerland)

Below is a picture of Pony on the couch at home in beautiful City Heights, San Diego.
- John

Here is a photo of our dog Polly sitting on a vintage leather chair with a Madeline Weinrib pillow and purple cashmere blanket. 
- Melissa (Los Angeles, CA)

This is "Rosie" Biscuit...she loves to sneak onto the sofa!! Rosie lives in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada with her loyal family...The McCormacks
- Lynne

Attached is a picture of our rabbit, Otis. He is sitting on our family room chair, wanting to be part of things, as the rest of the family sat on the couch.
- Catherine (Warrenton, Virginia)

This is my college apartment bedroom. There's actually 2 kittens in the photo, Beau and Lola, both just 4 months old!
- Alysia (San Jose, CA)

When I weary of telling my dog Walker that, no, it's not necessary to alert me whenever someone walks by, I pile the couch pillows on the chair by the window where he likes to perch while "on duty." Yesterday I walked in and he had burrowed into the pillows, and I was so charmed I couldn't even yell at him. Dang!
- Kathleen

Coco and Daisy on an antique French lyre-back chair in the living room
- Sharon (San Francisco)

A few weeks ago Nancy Chwiecko (interior design professor) contacted me about a book she wrote with Amy Fernandez, noted dog expert and author. It's called There's a Dog in the House, and focuses on designing homes with dogs in mind, which I think is a very important topic as I always think of my 7 cats when I make design choices for my home. Many of you who have made it this far into this post have a dog and appreciate decor, and know it's sometimes difficult to blend the two worlds. This book provides practical advice to design solutions to make life with your dog more harmonious. There are tips like choosing plastic chair (I'd suggest a Panton S chair) for dogs who enjoy a little nibble on a wooden chair leg, what type of flooring is dog-friendliest, how to design a dog shower, and there is a huge resource list at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to have peace in their home with their 4 legged children. :) (The book can be purchased HERE and Nancy also has a website).

Reader Comments (14)

I love me some Corgi cuteness!! Pumpkin and Walker cousins?
Polly looks perturbed by Mom's picture taking.
Could Rosie and Otis be any sweeter?
Pony looks like he's cookin' up some major mischief...it could happen any minute now.
Quiet please...don't disturb Coco and Daisy.
There all purdy darn cute...love 'em all..Long live Pets on Furniture!!!

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD of Dogland

Another great line up. I always look forward to the Monday post. Love the cat in the linen closet and the bunny on the easy chair!

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra


cutest post EVAH!

*kiss kiss*

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Greta looks gorgeous in her Barcelona chair ;-)

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCris

ohmygosh, that first photo is DIVINE! i want to live in that house! so colorful and happy ... er, does greta need a cat nanny?

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppyLovePrincess

Fun post, and a great book idea! You should write a cat version!

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Pumpkin is a cutie!!

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTHE BASICS Magazine

Thanks for posting my Pumpkin-girl. I wonder if she and Walker are related somewhere back there in their histories. (Pumpkin's ears were both upright like Walker's when she came to live with us and s-l-o-w-l-y flopped a few months later. We think she is cute in spite of it.) Your blog is wonderful -- full of such good ideas and lovely spaces. Thank you! Melissa

15 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Dear Kim,
Thanks for showing the pics of my furry friends on your website.
Miss, Lipton and Petit Coeur will be absolutely thrilled to know that pets friends from all over the world will see them.

Sunny greetings from Switzerland and millions of compliments for your blog, I am hooked since I discovered it thanks to a comment I read on the "chez Larson" blog.


16 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria and Co

I am in love with Otis.

16 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRBH

Pumpkin is adorable. We love his ears!!

16 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJGF

What a great idea for a regular feature on your blog. And a great idea for a book! We have some posts planned for the near future on how we make our home pet-friendly.

Thanks so much for including sweet sisters Coco and Daisy!!

17 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I used to ignore these posts but they have slowly grow into me....i think i need a cat or a dog who looks like a cat now!! Love love your space!!

17 Aug 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpanglishchic

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