If you didn’t know already, Pearl runs this house like the little itty bitty diva she is. Mathew and I are wrapped around her little paws (ya know, since she doesn’t have fingers) and Pearl pretty much gets what she wants. In short- she’s spoiled.
|How can you resist this face?! That’s right- you can’t.|
I partnered up with Apartment Guide to give y’all the deets on how I keep Pearl’s pet-friendly space stylish. As an Apartment Guide Blog Partner, I will be sharing ideas to make your pet-friendly apartment feel like home.
Before we even got Pearl we started spoiling her. I bought her a pink crate, a pink fuzzy blanket (with a matching toy), tons of “organic” toys (who am I?!), and even ceramic water dishes with a damask pattern. Needless to say, I became a crazy dog mom who needed my dog to look fab and have all the luxuries a pup deserves. I also wanted to make sure when we chose our little Pearl, that she would be the right size for an apartment. We had a neighbor who had a large dog living in the apartment who seemed to have lots of stress issues because he didn’t have much space to play and run inside. Pearl is only 5 pounds so for us, she’s the perfect apartment-sized dog and has lots of space to run and play when we’re home.
Apartment Guide offers tips for bringing a new pet into your apartment and helping them adjust to your home. Our apartment is a pretty good size. It’s a little over 1,000 square feet, is 2 bedrooms, and has 2 1/2 baths. It’s perfect for us, and the apartment staff here are AMAZING. Because we wanted Pearl to “live” in a central location when we would be away at work, we found the perfect nook for her. It was really important to us to have a good spot for her in our apartment so she could adjust easily.
You see, our apartment complex offers a cute little computer area next to the living room/dining room and there was no point into utilizing it as our computer area since we already had a really nice glass computer table. I also had a HUGE engagement picture that we blew up for our wedding, and needed somewhere to put it. I made it my mission to decorate the nook as best as I could. It’s currently fall decorated (as shown below) and Pearl’s Party Place is underneath. It’s the perfect spot because if I need Kasey or Angie (our lovely apartment gals) to check on Pearl, she’s not just cornered in a bedroom. Pearl’s still a baby and can’t be left at the house to roam around alone, so her crate underneath the nook is perfect.
Pearl’s Party Place consists of: her hot and baby pink crate, an extra bed (girlfriend needs two beds because she’s so spoiled), her damask bowls with her pink monkey place mat, and her hot pink bucket of toys. I really wanted her area to look nice because it’s out in the open. Although I wanted her space to be stylish, I needed to make sure it was cost-friendly. I scoured pet stores in person and online, and ultimately bought the majority of her stuff off Amazon because I was able to get the best deals. I also have Amazon Prime which gives me free 2 day shipping, so I made sure to utilize that too.
|Our nook with Pearl’s Party Place|
|Pearl got hungry while I took pics. A girl’s gotta eat, right?|
For pet tips and inspiration, I really have a few handful of blogs I read. Of course, the fab Whitney of I Wore Yoga Pants to Work is one of them. She keeps it real and loves her Malteses Ella and Sibby so much. Plus, they’re so adorable that I can’t help it. Recently, she talked about pet anxiety in a new apartment. I remember when we got Pearl, we made it a point to make sure she would be comfortable with us from the start in our apartment. Oh, and if you haven’t seen her post with her dogs playing dress up before her move, you need to NOW because it needs to be meme.
I also love the All Things Dog Blog when it comes to pup stuff. I recently stumbled upon it and love how there’s TONS of info like vet archives, dog trainer posts, and even pet solutions. Carrie knows what she’s talking about and has a great bit of information on there! I know with Pearl, we’ve definitely needed some pet solutions (like chewing the carpet in our apartment) and have learned that bitter apple spray is helpful to stop chewing.
If you’re ready for a whole new space or looking to move with your pet, Apartment Guide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you search for the perfect pet-friendly apartment community. Apartment Guide provides helpful suggestions for moving to and exploring a new neighborhood with your pet. Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide will help point you in the right direction. I’d love if you “Liked” Apartment Guide on Facebook, tweet them at @AptGuide on Twitter, “circle” them on Google+ and follow them on Pinterest for real-time tips and updates on how to make the most of your small space. Apartment Guide has REALLY helped Mathew and I with some great tips on apartment living with pets, and I know they’ll be able to help you too.
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