I saw the cutest thing while I was driving home today. A big Golden Retriever was sprawled out on the front lawn of a quaint farmhouse, watching the world go by, and snuggled up next to him was a black and white cat. Who says dogs and cats can’t be friends? I wished I could have taken a picture, but that would have been awkward, and I probably would have upset the happy pair in my attempt to photograph them.
But it warmed my heart, and reminded me of the special place that companion animals have in our lives. According to 2007 AVMA statistics, 37% of U.S. households are guardians of dogs, and 32% are guardians of cats. When you work on organizing projects, don’t forget to factor in your companion animals’ needs too. Chaotic environments and lack of a consistent routine are stressful for dog or cats, just like they are for us. Disorganization can also lead to your pet getting into something dangerous, like chocolate, that has been left within their reach.
A well organized household is a safer and happier place for all its inhabitants. Jesse and I are both big fans of animals, and we love to make spaces work well for both human and animal family members. Email me and ask about getting a free copy of our handout, “Organizing with Pets in Mind”. In addition to general pet-related organizing tips, it also has ideas for how to keep your pets safe during the holidays.
Now, go give your cat or dog a hug!