Dog Decor – An Adventure in Distraction for a Grieving Dog Mom

Dog Decor

Dog decor abounds and this grieving dog mom has chosen to take on her own redecorating project as a means of distraction.

Dog Decor

I’ve written before about how Jet’s daddy isn’t quite ready to open our home to another pup just yet.

I am. At least I think I am. I miss the sound of jingling tags, the company of a clumsy four-legged kid sprawled out on our bed, the role of “mom”. (Yes, human parents, I know it’s not the same, but I beg you to refrain from snark and read this instead…)

I have been watching local rescues. Keeping my eyes open for a sign from Jet that *this is the one* I’m supposed to save. As I scroll through dog after dog, though, I find myself overwhelmed. Torn between wanting another dog, respecting my partner of 16 years, and realizing that no matter which dog we do eventually open our hearts to, they will never be Jet.

Over the past few weeks, I began to get extremely overwhelmed and in an effort to re-center myself, I’ve decided to opt for distraction. I’m going to tackle a dog decor project.

A good 1/3 of our bedroom is devoted to “dog space”. This is where Jet’s bed still sits, his toy box (still full of toys), his treat jar, his blankets, his memorial items, a large canvas print of his beautiful face, and, of course, his ashes.

At the moment, it’s a mess. It’s certainly not a welcoming home for a dog in need of love.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on dog decor – cleaning up this section of our room, maintaining the memory of Jet while also creating a welcoming area for someone new.

It will be a good distraction as well as a good way to organize our space and my mind.

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to tackle the project yet, but here are a few ideas that I’ve saved off!

Dog Decor Shelf

I like the use of a shelf above the bed to hold dog decor and treats!

dog decor wall
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I also like the idea of creating a whole wall of dog decor items! I’m thinking Primitives by Kathy would work really well for this!

Dog Decor Bed
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I can’t tell you how much I love this idea of reusing a crib as a dog bed! I was looking at some warehouse deals and open box items and they’re actually comparable to most big dog beds! I also like that there are three sides on it to help keep senior dogs in bed. PLUS, it looks cute!

Adventure Awaits

A leash hook above his bed would be great for collars and accessories!

Dog Toy Box

This makes the perfect toy box idea too and it’s easy for pup to stick his head in!

Do you have any good ideas for a dog decor section of your home? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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1 Comment

  1. Marcy Elliott-Rupert
    July 17, 2017

    I would want to have some personalized things like a mat for bowls or a small sign with his name hanging on the bed frame. I’d also consider a nicely framed picture of the first time he realized yours was his new home – So maybe it won’t be the first day he arrives but rather the first day you can tell he knows he is home.

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