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Ugly Dog Couch
Takes a beating, but still beloved
ugly dog couch
Love me, love my ugly dog couch.

I'm an interior designer's worst nightmare (isn't clutter just another word for "Victorian chic"?), but even my eye is offended by the yellow mustard sofa squatting in our house. To say it is distressed is to be kind. It has been chewed up, peed on, destuffed, and muddied. Yet the ugly dog couch lives on! I've repeatedly fantasized about being selected for "Extreme Makeover." Ty Pennington would leap into my living room with a single bound, and heroically hurl that thing to the curb. Yes, the dogs would be upset; at least I would no longer be the villain of this story. Of course, whenever garbage day arrives, it only takes one sleepy dog stretched across it to transform it into the cutest loveseat I've ever seen.       

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Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by C Fish | June 12 2012 |

We too have an ugly dog couch that was previously a pretty beat up human couch. I thought it was going to go when we got a nice new sofa but my husband said: Don't throw it out! That will be perfect for the dogs! Let's just move it over here!
So now we have a living room with two couches--an ugly old dog couch and (pretty much)a nice looking, fairly new dog couch. The dogs are happy and mighty lucky that a fashionable house has never been high on the list of priorities here.

Submitted by Anonymous | June 18 2012 |

This couch looks elegant compared to my duct tape chair! It used to be a gold wing back chair that lost its legs, making it perfect to put under the window so my dachshund-mix could see out (allowing him to bark at anything that moves outside). The fabric was no match for 4 or 5 sets of doggie toe nails so I have "upholstered" it with good old silver duct tape. The cushion is now orange and doesn't fit and the squishy padded back is denim--duct tape just would stick to the squishy padding. But both arms and wings are many many layers of duct tape.

Submitted by owned by dogs | June 18 2012 |

No one will believe me, but we actually made a 'bedroom' on the back patio for our pit mix. We had an extra twin bed after stepson moved back in so we wrapped in in drop cloths and a tarp, put older sheets on it and put it on the back patio which is open but completely waterproofed. We put the extra floor lamp out there, a folding camp chair and a not-used-much-anymore weight bench as a 'coffee table'. Doggie loves it! The weather is frightfully hot right now, but when it was cool she was out there snoozing in her 'bedroom'. I even slept out there a couple of nights during the early spring. It was delightful!

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