Hi animal lovers, it’s that time of the week again. TGIF and Living Pretty With Your Pets!
And today I’m sharing someone I have been crushing on for a very very long time. If you don’t know Brittany yet from brittanyMakes then I have to tell you that you are totally missing out. She is super talented, outspoken, adorable, funny and of course loves her dogs…bulldogs that is. She recently got married, had a baby and bought a house but her dogs are still playing a major role in her life.
Lets say she is my kinda girl:
Hello everyone! I’m Brittany from the blog brittanyMakes where you’ll find me journaling my daily adventures in DIY and home design. If we haven’t met before, you might be interested in my current projects! We’re undergoing a kitchen renovation, and simultaneously I’m making over our bedroom. You can say I like my plate FULL. I’m not here today to talk about my projects, I’m here to share with you my pets! In a nutshell, we’re a bully family. Bully’s are one of those breeds you either think they’re ugly or you think they’re the cutest squishy faces ever! I could seriously kiss those scrunched up noses all day! We have 3 bulldogs, an English Bulldog and two French Bulldogs. I feel terrible! I actually don’t have a “family” picture with all our dogs, but let me introduce you to our pups anyway… Meet Trixie! My husband got Trixie a year before we met, she and him were a package deal. Trix ate all my heels when I came into the picture. Apparently she wanted to be the only woman in his life.
Trixie has an old soul. She loves to lounge around, sleeps in all the sunny spots in our house, and generally acts like Eeyore. This year she’s going to be Eeyore for Halloween. I found her the perfect costume 🙂
Meet Rocco! He’s a stud. He’s been the baby for his entire life (of 4 years), until this last Spring when we brought home his future wifey. Rocco loves to play fetch, chew on bones, and pretty much destroy every squeaky toy within seconds. Like all Frenchies, Rocco loves to love and loves to please. His favorite treat is an ice cube, and his favorite spot to sleep is on my lap.
Now, let me introduce you to our little firecracker, Olive the Frenchie! We found Olive through Maria of Dreamy Whites, Maria and her daughter breed Frenchies (they have a new litter too btw!), and it wasn’t but 3 weeks before I was about to give birth that my husband and I decided to bring Olive home. Show us some Frenchie puppies and we lose all our inhibitions, lol! So yes, we are legitimately crazy. We brought home a puppy and a newborn at the same time. Olive has the funniest personality of any dog I’ve ever met. She loves to do the things she’s not supposed to do, like sprinting around the dirt in our back yard (that white fur turns black so fast!), eating bark and rocks, barking at the neighbors, hiding socks under our bed, chewing on Trixie’s feet… The list is long! Rocco and Trixie are so relaxed in their age that in comparison she acts like a toddler with a sugar high. I’m not going to lie, raising a puppy with an infant is not something I recommend to the faint of heart, but the hardest part is over and heck, in hindsight it wasn’t that bad.
It took a while but about two months ago Rocco and Olive finally become best buds. If you’re thinking of introducing a puppy to your dogs, just keep in mind there is usually an adjustment period where the pup needs to be ‘initiated’ so to speak, before they’re accepted into the ‘pack’. We learned this the hard way and had to be patient as Rocco adjusted to no longer being the baby. Usually a puppy has to mature a bit before understanding what the ‘rules’ are at home. Rocco’s rules were “toys are mine!” and all Olive wanted to do was be all up in his business, chewing on his leg or his ear. The best thing lately is our 4 month old son Zano is becoming more and more interested in our dogs. He watches Olive sprint around the back yard and giggles when she licks his feet. It’s so cute. So anyway, the real question is, how do we ‘live pretty’ with our pets? Honestly, it’s tough! I would say, just like any mess, you have to remove it from the blog content. I can’t be posting pictures of raw hides, puppy crates, and funky dog beds (oh wait, I did!).
I have to kick aside the stinky dog bed for photo shoots, there’s just no other way.
I tried sewing a pretty dog bed from a vintage grain sack one year, and it looked nice for like the first 5 seconds after I gave it to our pups. In the end it was just a waste of a perfectly good grain sack. We share our home with our pups, which means there is always a mess or a bone or a chew toy lying around. I can’t complain about the pups because, to be fair, I generally have a few loads of laundry to fold or dishes to put away! Lord knows what our pups would be saying about us, lol! Thank you Julia for having me!
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Love her even more for being able to raise a baby and puppy and accepting the mess the pups create.
And Brittany is always creating, or should I say “making” some serious eye candy. I’m still dreaming of her fabulous bedroom:
Head on over and check out her blog if you haven’t seen it already by clicking HERE.