There are many rewards that come from living with two dogs—twice the fun and companionship, for instance—but there are many challenges too: it’s twice the responsibility, a pain to walk them if they go at different paces (as mine do) and a serious expense. There’s also the dreaded Dog Apartment Smell, and challenge of finding doggie accoutrements that aren’t too cheesy. I do my best. For instance, they dine from these cute ceramic bowls, which I’m a big fan of because they’re super-sturdy. But I’m also intrigued by this Yeti bowl, because it’s also sturdy, and indestructible too, which the ceramic bowls obviously aren’t.
There is a super-cute pet supply store not too far from where I live called Love Thy Beast, and the boys like it there so much that when we’re walking up Second Avenue, they automatically turn at Fifth Street so we can go in. That’s where I got this fleece-lined puffer; I’m also quite interested in this snow suit for when the weather is seriously winter-stormy.
The bane of my winter existence is the salt that gets sprinkled on the sidewalk when it snows, which helps melt said snow, but also gets in the dogs’ paws and hurts them. Why everyone doesn’t use this pet-safe artificial stuff is beyond me, but until they do, I’ll outfit Sammy and Mister in booties; I especially like these, because they look like mini-eensy Wellies, and stay on better than most.
When I’m not in the mood to deal with booties, or when there isn’t too much salt on the sidewalks, I’ll use a thick coat (very important that it’s thick) of Musher’s Secret—you’ve really got to work to get it into the crevices of their paws, where salt settles.
Sammy is part poodle and therefore doesn’t shed at all, but Mister more than makes up for that by shedding copiously and constantly, and when you wear as many black clothes as I do, that can be a problem. So I use this fur remover brush, which works pretty well on the sofa too.
And, of course, I go through a lot of these. I’ve tried a lot of lint rollers, and so far am convinced that these are the stickiest.
Mister tears the stuffing out of every toy I introduce to the household, but these suede toys I pick up at Love Thy Beast hold up better than most. Plus, they’re really cute.
As far as the aforementioned and dreaded Dog Apartment Smell goes, I do my best by keeping things clean, and burning lots of this Fornasetti incense, which has an appealingly woodsy scent with notes of thyme and lavender.
Poor Sammy is diabetic, which requires twice-daily insulin injections, and he’s got some other health problems as well that require medication, and all of the syringes and bottles of medicine make for a less-than-attractive spectacle on my kitchen counter. So I put all that stuff on a John Derian tray like this one and it not only keeps them organized, but helps pretty things up just a bit too.