Cat and Dog Vacuum Cleaner

Yes, there really is a vacuum cleaner called the “Cat and Dog” and it’s made by Miele.

A common question I get asked from dog owners is “what is the best vacuum cleaner?”. The answer is that there is no single “best” vacuum cleaner. People purchase a vacuum cleaner for many reasons and sometimes it has nothing to do with how well it cleans! Some people love their vacuum cleaner because it is lightweight and easy to carry up and down the stairs. Others like theirs because it is quiet or easy to empty.

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Author in her own words

April 12, 2012

The RIT Athenaeum posted an article as part of their monthly feature “Author Spotlight” about “There’s a Dog in the House”.  Listen to Nancy talking about the book and dogs in a podcast.

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Misspent Youth

Artist Andrea Pettito

"Boon" Courtesty Andrea Pettito

A creative life came naturally and early for Cape Cod artist Andrea Pettito. Her father was a sculptor and her mother a painter. Both of them had gone to art school.  She can’t recall many children’s books in the family home, but from the age of 3 on she spent a lot of her time pouring over the pages of her father’s books of Michelangelo and Rodin sculptures. Those sculptures fascinated her. Her favorite childhood “toy” was plasteline, a greasy gray clay that her father used. She made all kinds of things, including people, animals and objects. She also loved to draw. Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modern for Your Dog

Pre-Fab Pets: Modern and Contemporary Furniture for Pets

Do the names Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, or Marcel Breuer hold meaning for you? Are you tired of traditional offerings at the furniture stores? If your answer was “Yes” to one or both then you are going to love Pre-Fab Pets, the pet furniture business started by industrial designer David Neighbor in 2007.

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Beauty and The Bath (and other rooms too!)

Alexander Art   Ceramic Portrait Tiles and Fine Art

courtesy Sondra Alexander,

Would you like a way to memorialize your dog or include your favorite breed in your home design in a more permanent manner? Are you thinking about remodeling or building a new bathroom? Will a dog shower be part of your project? Will you be updating the kitchen with a new backsplash? Are you considering a new ceramic tile border around your fireplace? Maybe you would just like an image of your dog to hang on the wall. These are a few of the places where the beautiful and elegant creations of Sondra Alexander may be just the thing you need. Continue reading

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ABC Revolution – Dog Proof and Dog Friendly Living Room

Ty Pennington uses Nancy’s Living Room on TV

The dog-friendly living room from “There’s a Dog in the House” was used on the new Lifestyle TV show “The Revolution” on ABC. The host, Ty Pennington, pointed out some of the ideas in the book in this clip. Continue reading

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Zeke’s Hideaway

Dog Crate Alternatives

Zeke, a 9 year old Samoyed, resides in Bozeman, Montana. Up until recently Zeke’s crate was in the kitchen. When his humans decided to renovate the kitchen the crate seemed out of place and in the way. Continue reading

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