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SHANO
2nd November 2006, 03:46 AM
My husband is super crazy about pet hair, etc. I'm sure he's going to want to keep the puppy off the furniture. But I don't know how I'm going to resist snuggling up on the couch with him. How many of you keep your pups off the furniture? I'm thinking of getting him his own little couch or something. I don't want him to feel left out because he can't get off the floor. :(

WoodHaven
2nd November 2006, 04:14 AM
lol-- the no furniture rule lasted two DAYS. I sat on the floor with the puppy and hubby was upset. I said it was a lap dog-- I sat with my lap near the pup giggle. Then the pup slept on the bed and then we got two (one was our daughters) then.... I vacuum three times a week. Hair on clothes is something DH still doesn't like. Oh well...

Moviedust
2nd November 2006, 04:21 AM
Ditto Sandy!!

These dogs have to be near their people, and they are small enough that the people would have to be on the floor to be near them. Cavaliers believe they should sit on throwns, but they will make do with your armchair, your couch, and your bed!!

We even have stairs so the dogs can get on and off the bed unassisted.

lorin
2nd November 2006, 04:42 AM
Izzy and Abby have full access to our furniture.

Due to their digging when they're wet we did get denim-fabric couch covers and it works beautifully.

KingstonsMom
2nd November 2006, 05:36 AM
Oh please let him be near you! You will be missing out on so much. Cavaliers love to cuddle up with their owners, and it will probably be extremely hard to keep Bosley on the floor. Maybe your hubby will compromise???

Alison_Leighfield
2nd November 2006, 10:54 AM
I do let mine, all three, on the couch to sit and cuddle with me...they have a blanket which I put on the furniture first before they jump up...a good shake outside gets rid of the pet hair...

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

Cathy Moon
2nd November 2006, 12:18 PM
:lol: We were planning to let them up on one love seat only :lol: That lasted about 1/2 day, then we realized how silly we were being! :roll:

Maxxs_Mummy
2nd November 2006, 12:19 PM
We bought leather furniture so the dogs could sit or lie there whenever they wanted :lol:

He's worse than me, he was the one who brought Maxx up to our bed when he was a puppy as he was 'all alone downstairs :( ' - soppy thing he is, wouldn't have him any other way :lol:

The only mistake I made was buying white bedding when we redecorated our bedroom :roll: I did buy a nice lilac throw to go on the bed and stop the muddy paw prints but Charlie trashed it within a few days of his arrival :roll:

Now I just put up with the paw prints and change my bed twice a week. I vacuum every day to keep the hairs down so it really doesn't bother me,

Doggydad
2nd November 2006, 12:37 PM
Shano - What a handsome Cavvy in your Avatar! (Duke)

BTW, our cavvies do let us on the couch most of the time. ;)

Bruce H
2nd November 2006, 12:52 PM
Bosley's daddy is absolutely beautiful!!

Absolutely, all our dogs are up on the furniture. Why wouldn't they be, they're our "kids" :lol: I can't imagine not having a bunch of dogs sitting next to me when I'm sitting on the couch. The only thing we have trained them to do is stay on the floor if we have a plate of food in our lap, as we sometimes eat dinner in front of the TV and watch the news. That was the toughest training we ever had to do and they are really pretty good at it.

If you have fabric furniture and hair becomes a problem, you could buy leather, so much easier to clean up.

BTW, Doggydad really has it right!!

merlinsmum
2nd November 2006, 01:33 PM
Mine go wherever and whenever they want - I have throws over the sofa as its suede but thats all. Everything else can be washed! ;)

pippa
2nd November 2006, 02:01 PM
Yes mine too! They love to cuddle up and are real lapdogs. I hoover everyday and change the bedding more often than before but they are worth it.

If you are ever having a bad day and you just sit down on the sofa and a little furry baby (or two) just jumps up,looks at you with those big brown eyes ,licks your face,sighs and cuddles in to you ,it can turn your whole mood around!

luvzcavs
2nd November 2006, 02:35 PM
Do you mean, does my cav let me on the furniture ??
If I'm lucky I get a spot but it has to be between Harry and Digby and I have to sit on the crack in between the two seats and on a wooden beam Ouch !
Needless to say I have just ordered a new 3 seater lounge. The boys have me trained well. :lol:

Lindsay
2nd November 2006, 03:08 PM
My cavs are let anywhere they please. I keep a HUGE blanket on the couch (unless I have company) just to keep the fur shed to a minimum and they also insist on eating their treats/raw hides/kongs/etc. anywhere but the floor and that keep their slobber off the fabric. I was very hesitant when I bought my couches because they are a micro-fiber material, but it has been almost a year and it has held up like a champ! :flwr:

GudrunTheRed
2nd November 2006, 04:07 PM
I have a light tan microfiber fabric sofa which is very easy to clean, but I also keep a beige cotton blanket on it that is the same color so it looks nice and is easy to wash.

I love how all the furniture companies have all these wonderful new microfiber fabrics that resist stains and clean up sooo easy in case you do spill something. I also made sure that when I bought my sofa 2 years ago from Bassett Furniture I paid a little extra to get the Guardian Furniture Protection Plan which covers the entire sofa including the fabric AND the frame. If I spill anything on it they will come out and clean it for me, and if they can't get it out they'll replace the sofa! So in this case, the extra $75 was worth every penny!

Cathy T
2nd November 2006, 04:43 PM
Do you mean, does my cav let me on the furniture ??
If I'm lucky I get a spot but it has to be between Harry and Digby and I have to sit on the crack in between the two seats and on a wooden beam Ouch !
Needless to say I have just ordered a new 3 seater lounge. The boys have me trained well. :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

We lasted with the "no dogs on the furniture" rule for all of about 1/2 hour! :roll: I was concerned about how my husband would feel about the dog hair (major pet peeve with him) and it's amazing how well he adapted. I have lint rollers in each room and a big one to use on the bed. I also vacuum every other day. A necessity with two hairy monsters. I also was very picky about dog hair. Now I don't think the coffee tastes right without a piece of dog hair floating on the top for garnishment! :D

LauraD
2nd November 2006, 06:33 PM
:rotfl: I love all the comments!! We allow Riley onto the couch with us only if one of us invites him (we are trying to make sure that he keeps his manners when we visit other people's homes, so we get invited back ;) ) That said, he is invited and spends almost every evening with us on the couch cuddling him. :) He is not allowed on the bed (i know, what a cruel household we are right? icon_devil ) but he does sleep in our bedroom in his soft crate. As far as dog hair, well i have to salute all of you, we don't clean nearly as much. We live with dog hair and don't really mind until it gets really bad. Neither of us enjoys housecleaning at all (we both HATE it actually) and i guess we have kind of a high tolerance for what's "dirty". icon_whistling
But we do vacuum and sweep and use sticky rollers to remove unwanted dog hair from furniture and clothing. So maybe we are normal after all? :D

duncans_ma
2nd November 2006, 07:15 PM
Our dogs are on everything....my one saving grace is that they can't get on the bed unassisted so at least there is somewhere to leave stray sock or something when dressing. We are talking about splurging(investing) on a Roomba that will vaccuum constantly and provide entertainment for the dogs. icon_whistling :D

http://store.irobot.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2174930&cp=2174940

arasara
2nd November 2006, 07:33 PM
Keeping the dogs off the furniture - all I have to say is .. HAHAHA.. yea right!!! I think I would crush his little heart if I kicked him off the furniture. Kosmo's new favorite sleeping place is on the arm of the sofa looking out the window. :roll:

For pet hair, we just got a central vac.. :w**h**: It works SOOO well!! I use it on the couch, bed, window sills, EVERYTHING and I am starting to threaten to use it on the hairy little man.. icon_whistling icon_whistling Apparently they do make dog attachments now! icon_devil

Denise G.
2nd November 2006, 07:40 PM
Wrigley and Mia don't care for the couch. I never sit on it because I have an overstuffed/sized chair and ottoman that I regularly use. They get up on the ottoman and in the chair if I'm not in it. I keep the chair/ottoman covered with two throws and we're all happy!

Bruce--how did you train your kids to stay on the floor when you're eating. Wrigley just sits and stares at me while I'm eating, but Mia is practically sitting on the plate. :lol: What's your secret??

moniechris
2nd November 2006, 08:10 PM
My fiancee and I just bought all new furniture for our house. We intended to keep them off of it...fat chance!! My cavies have already broken in the back cushion on the couch because they like to lay there and put their heads on my neck. I swear sometimes they think they are cats :)

SHANO
2nd November 2006, 09:41 PM
Thank you for all the comments! Well I guess the puppy wins already and he's not even born yet! I think I'm just going to REALLY stay on top of the brushing and get him the AMAZING FURMINATOR! LOL! My husband will get over it. As long as I stay on top of the shedding thing. Plus, our sectional couch is the microfiber, so it should be just fine. I'll just give the puppy his own special cushion with a blanket over it. Hubby shouldn't mind too much, since he's not going to be a 100lb dog.

My concern comes from the fact that we tried to rescue an 86lb Rhodesian Ridgeback and she thought the furniture was all hers. Hair ingrained into the couch, bed, climbing onto the entertainment center to bark at the tv when Animal Planet was on, etc. But she ended up having some issues that we just couldn't take care of, as well as aggression, so we had to send her back to the breeder.

I think I'm stressing myself out too much to begin with. Whenever I talk to people w/ shedders they all just say they are so in love with them that the shedding doesn't matter. Which I guess also translates into, I love my kids, regardless of the fact that my son will color on the wall, or they might spill a drink, etc. I'll just have to become more of a house cleaner!

Merry Maids! Here I come!

Lindsay
2nd November 2006, 10:57 PM
Don't stress too much over it :) Cavs only think they are 86 lbs! :lol:

They are a dream to take care of when it comes to maintenance issues. :flwr:

WoodHaven
2nd November 2006, 11:10 PM
Thank you for all the comments! Well I guess Bosley wins already and he's not even born yet! I think I'm just going to REALLY stay on top of the brushing and get him the AMAZING FURMINATOR! LOL! Chris will get over it. As long as I stay on top of the shedding thing. Plus, our sectional couch is the microfiber, so it should be just fine. I'll just give Bosley his own special cushion with a blanket over it. Chris shouldn't mind too much, since he's not going to be a 100lb dog.

My concern comes from the fact that we tried to rescue an 86lb Rhodesian Ridgeback and she thought the furniture was all hers. Hair ingrained into the couch, bed, climbing onto the entertainment center to bark at the tv when Animal Planet was on, etc. But she ended up having some issues that we just couldn't take care of, as well as aggression, so we had to send her back to the breeder.

I think I'm stressing myself out too much to begin with. Whenever I talk to people w/ shedders (we have a lot of Bernese Mountain Dogs in the neighborhood) they all just say they are so in love with them that the shedding doesn't matter. Which I guess also translates into, I love my kids, regardless of the fact that my son will color on the wall, or they might spill a drink, etc. I'll just have to become more of a house cleaner!

Merry Maids! Here I come!


BUT What happens if there are no males in the litter???

Cathy T
2nd November 2006, 11:56 PM
Will she be called Bosleyette??!! :lol: :lol:

It's really the truth....once you have them their hair really doesn't become that big of a deal. I hated dog hair...I mean couldn't stand it!!! Drove me batty to go to my friend's house and get slobbered on and hairy from her German Shepard. Now....so not an issue. You learn to vacuum. Grooming them keeps it down and is great for the dogs...really gets you in touch with their bodies. I've learned that everything can be cleaned.

SHANO
3rd November 2006, 12:08 AM
BUT What happens if there are no males in the litter???

Then I get my deposit back and I'll be looking for a male elsewhere! :) Actually. Not sure how we'd handle that. She did say we could get the deposit back if she doesn't produce a male. But I'm hoping that at least ONE of the for sure five in there will be a male. If not, I might have to have a change of heart and go for a female. :)

alibunnylady
3rd November 2006, 12:59 AM
There isn't a single place Bertie isn't allowed in my home! lol! I live alone and it's likely to stay that way as I can't be bothered with a man in my life, too stressful, been there, done that etc etc.

I do put his own little bed on my sofa which he uses alot, then, if I have visitors, I put his little bed on the floor and he will quite happily use it there if he's not up on the sofa.

As for my bed, he's in there with me and I would rather have him there than another human any day, he's just luvverly, hehehe.

Alison

Remali
3rd November 2006, 04:18 AM
My boys can sit or sleep anywhere they want to, they sort of rule the house you could say....LOL! They sleep on the bed with me too, and I must admit that I do sleep better with them on the bed!!

What a handsome boy Bosley's daddy is!!

Moviedust
3rd November 2006, 05:20 AM
BUT What happens if there are no males in the litter???

Then I get my deposit back and I'll be looking for a male elsewhere! :) Actually. Not sure how we'd handle that. She did say we could get the deposit back if she doesn't produce a male. But I'm hoping that at least ONE of the for sure five in there will be a male. If not, I might have to have a change of heart and go for a female. :)

I think you'll find most on the board would say take whichever sex is available! Really, the breed is so laid back that a male and female are not very different.

Littlemiss
3rd November 2006, 07:17 AM
Hops pretty much has the run of the house! we orignally had a rule of no sleeping on our bed.. but that's lasted 1 night, we can't help it cause he is so cute and i love snuggling up with him :) and there was no way i could even consider not having him on the couch with me!

emmawright
3rd November 2006, 06:56 PM
yep daisy goes on our sofa, and our bed, at first we said we wouldnt let her on the bed, but that lasted about 1 day! and then we allowed her on the bed, now every morning she is tucked up in the bed with us! we are not too bothered about the hair because she doesn't loose a lot.

Marju
3rd November 2006, 07:04 PM
Yes, our dogs are allowed on the sofa:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/eastbeast/sohvalla1.jpg

murphy's mum
3rd November 2006, 07:26 PM
Oh you can absolutly forget about not having him on the furniture 1 look from that wee face, with the big eyes, and you'll be scooping him up to sit beside you. Nothing makes you feel better than a good Cavi cuddle :D We decided no way will he be on the sofa or the bed :rotfl:
The 1st night he puts his front paws on the sofa and looks at me, he's had access to the furniture ever since! The only time he really use the bed we have in the lounge for him is when we are eating.

Forest
11th November 2006, 06:09 AM
Ditto to all of the above!!! :lol: We also have my son's Boxer there too! ( He thinks that he is an overgrown cavalier!!!)Sometimes we don't a turn on the lounge. I don't really mind too much as a lot of the time I am at the computer :D :D
Julie and the girls

Vickie
12th November 2006, 10:03 AM
Yes, our dogs are allowed on the sofa:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/eastbeast/sohvalla1.jpg

:rotfl:

that certainly looks like cavalier heaven to me!!

I agree all of the above - nowhere in this house that the boys don't go!!

Donald Duck
13th November 2006, 02:16 AM
Huey lives on the furniture, shedding is never much of a problem
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/releathe/Huey%20current/Hueycoucha11_10.jpg

Lindsay
13th November 2006, 03:05 AM
Huey is precious! He can get on my couch any day! :D

Claire
16th November 2006, 03:10 PM
I am so glad we have the leather sofas, as when they come back from a walk and are wet Woody is up there rolling around - wet cloth and back to normal. They have three beds, two travel crates with sheepskin pieces in, a furry IKEA was white now cream rug (which goes in the washing machine and tumble dryer), plus a doggy duvet up on the two seater sofa, plus a chair with two cushions and a fleece on ad a fleece on the othr sofa..... do you think they have enough places???

Maxxs_Mummy
17th November 2006, 11:09 PM
Huey is precious! He can get on my couch any day! :D

Mine too, he's gorgeous :lotsaluv:

molly
18th November 2006, 12:08 AM
Understand the BF's dog hair concern if you had a Rhodesian before. We also had a big dog with short hair (dalmatian) and that darn short hair worked it's way into everything and was hard to get off the furniture. Imagine: I had a navy blue sectional with a white dog=where was my brain??? icon_whistling

Anyway, 4 cavs with long hair that easily wipes off/vacuums off microfiber furniture is a whole less work than one big dog's short hair!!!

pat.alan
1st December 2006, 12:49 AM
jack thinks the furniture, especially the back of the settee is his!!!

Molly's mom
6th December 2006, 03:06 AM
This about says it all at our house icon_whistling

http://static.flickr.com/112/315324987_7fc93d828a.jpg