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Old 12-06-2012, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a white shag area rug in our living room that was there since before we owned Ralph. It stayed beautifully white and never had to be washed (just vacuumed). Then we got Ralph. OF course Ralph Loooves to lay on tei bright white shag rug. Sometimes I think he thinks it's another Poodle (they do seem to be the same texture). However; It is now dingey and soiled and been steam cleaned too often for it to continue on in our home. I would like to purchase a new area rug and was thinking of a navy blue wool one. Do you think that would be more Poodle proof? Any of you have a wool area rug and a Poodle who wants to lay on it?
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I have several area rugs (2 oriental) and some throw rugs by the bed and in the bathroom; I have wood floors, too. Sunny loves to stretch out on the rugs.........well, his breeder did not have rugs so I'd like it too!! Maybe you should ask Ralph what kind of rug he would like and get it for him for Christmas!
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Sunny likes the good life, too!
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Ha,ha,ha, I was JUST saying to my husband yesterday, our rug is thrashed, we should get a flokati rug because even though they are white, I think the deep pile would hide poodleyness better than our flat nap area rug does now! After reading your post...maybe not We have a cream coloured rug now that has an olive green viney print on it, and it does not suffer poodles gladly.
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I have a couple dark coloured rubber back throw rugs for my three legged foster and they seem to be holding up well. I think dark is better because you're going to see less on them. He lays on them sometimes but mostly lays in his crate or on his blanket...so many that's making a difference?
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We have a dark tan cheap-o berber thing by the basement door, and it's holding up well enough. Spike does lay on it when his bed in front of the pellet stove becomes too warm, downstairs. It goes over the fence for washing with the hose and dries pretty quickly on a warm day.

We don't have rugs anywhere else in the house, but we have intentionally purchased furniture that is upholstered in "natural, earth tones" (read: dirt-colored) pattern that can be wiped with a damp cloth or machine washed, and bedding with an abstract enough pattern to hide the occasional paw print. Our floors are oak with a matte finish, etc... It is amazing to me how actually dirty the house can be and have someone walk in and be impressed by how "Together" it is, given how busy I am that week...

I will forever look at the color of the dirt in the yard when choosing colors for decorating in the future!

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A navy rug would hid the dirt better, but how is a wool rug to clean in general? Steam cleaning, etc. I'm thinking of any "accidents" or if he gets sick and vomits - you gotta be prepared for anything. We have a dark green rug and it doesn't show dirt, but you do see every piece of lint, etc. Funny how Ralph likes the curly rug - we have a blanket with a curly acrylic lining and Lily loves it. I said she may think it's another poodle. LOL.
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Hmm... good point up him accidently throwing up on the rug.... he's already "christened" the shag with his dinner once or twice. The shag does clean up pretty well, I think the killer is that it is white. Perhaps a multi coloured brown family shag (mix of dark browns, medium browns and light browns) that would disguise things. Hee hee.

*Also, when Ralph's being a brat we will tell him if he keeps it up he will end up like our first Poodle - and point to the white shag* LMAO (We didnt actually own a white Poodle... but it does look like a Poodle skinned rug)

I'm also thinking this bandana would be a good purchase
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We have a red shag area rug and it holds up well. Frankgrimes i love the finish on your floors what color stain is it?
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I definitely think you should get the bandana!!!
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