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Old 07-03-2018, 07:26 AM   #29
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Ultra Leather is not leather

Don't worry Ultra leather is not leather. It is vinyl and can be treated like any vinyl product. It can get wet and it doesn't breathe. I personally hate the stuff as it makes me sweat sitting or sleeping on it. I think it should not be permitted to use the word leather describing this product.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:38 PM   #30
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I buy fleecy material on the bolt, someplace like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. and double it over, tucking it into where the side and seat cushions meet, and under the seat cushion. This protects the seat material from being punctured by big dog nails, and she likes looking out the window from a cushy spot. The fleecy material is washable too.
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:09 AM   #31
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Are we the only hard-hearted dog owners here?

Toby is a 90-lb. love sponge, but he just isn't allowed on the bed or furniture. He sheds a lot, and is apt to have dirty feet. At home he sleeps anywhere on the floor except in our bedroom, or on a folded quilt by the woodstove; but in the Bambi, he voluntarily decided to sleep under the dinette table. When we have to leave him alone (for short periods, naturally,) we might put some things on the bed to discourage him from jumping up.

I think there are some good ideas here for folks who feel differently, like putting covers on any furniture where the dog is allowed. Or just teaching the dog that different standards apply at home and away.
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:20 AM   #32
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Different dogs have to be handled different ways. They also need to listen and obey their owners. That said some can get ‘creative ‘ when the want to. Daughter fell asleep, and Titus, a 155 pound lapdog saw an opportunity. Daughter slept blissfully on...
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When he settled, she fell over on him, and he froze in place so he wouldn’t hurt her. Three hour nap, and dog never even twitched a muscle the whole time.
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #33
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Are we the only hard-hearted dog owners here?

Please don’t take this as criticism, rather to understand how good folk don’t allow their pets access to hh amenities. Our dudes (2 dogs+2 cats) have full privileges to every room and its occupants laps. Don’t mistake these allowances to refer to a messy home. Those sprinkles of hair or roaming hairballs are unicorn dust byproducts for the immense pleasure we gain from the free range cuddles and pac comfort.

Yep, dirt attracts dirt and those muddy paws are cuffed by a quick brush of pads (small horse bristle) prior to entering the home. Otherwise we vac more often and curse under-breath for not keeping up with the clan.

I couldn’t imagine laying my head down for the night and not feeling my dogs breath and hearing the rustling of fluttering chops as he snores into sweet dreams. Or better yet, the entire clan packed tight as a tin on a McMansion sized lounge watching and *living* a wonderful life.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:55 AM   #34
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Our previous owners sewed custom covers for the ultra leather on the front dinette seats to use with their dogs. We use them all the time. The smaller dog is a fan of sitting on the cushion. The larger one is just too big. You can see part of the cover in the photo. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-05-2018, 10:02 AM   #35
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Yup, The joke around our pack of pups is, in some homes, dog hair is a condiment...fortunately only one of ours sheds a lot. A built-in vacuum system solved this by picking up the big chunks when it gets a little too messy. Porcelain tile floors throughout the first floor 'dog area' makes it easy to clean up the occasional 'marking contest' and the dog hair and the stuff they track in from outside. (A built-in vac is on the to-do list for Airstream improvements.)

We have gates and fences inside our home to control access to house areas that are not dog-friendly. The first accessory we install in our homes is a dog door to a clean outside area for the pups. Furniture, if it's fragile, is covered with fluffy dog-friendly blankets that they love to push into a nest and sleep under in cold weather. And, they occasionally share their favorite spots with the people in the pack.

Yeah, there is nothing like the blissful soft breathing of a sound-asleep happy dog, jammed into your lap with his buddy two deep because that's where they want to be--as close to their people as possible. If a human is napping, the dogs will check on them at intervals very quietly, just to make sure all is still well.

Two of ours were lost on the street for at least six weeks according to witnesses. They were alone, scared, and starving when we rescued them. They were so scared it took an hour and a half to get them into the car, and then straight to our Vet to sort them out and make sure they were OK. (The resulting massive Vet bill instantly got them their names--Mr. Cash and Mr. Karey) They took a while to trust again, but now they are 'lap magnets' and probably the most loyal of the bunch.

As someone on the forums pointed out, dogs burn brightly with unconditional love for their humans, and that is part of the reason their lives are short. That joy they always show to us is the reward for the pain we ultimately feel when they leave us. Personally, I cannot imagine being without a dog or two as loyal companions in life.

Cats, well, IMHO, Dogs have a pack and family that they love to interact with, and are eager to please humans. Cats were once worshiped as gods, and they have never forgotten that. They have a staff to cater to their every whim...at least that's the way every cat I have ever known acted!

From a prominent sigh in my Veterinarian's office, "If dogs could talk, they would tell us how much they love us. If cats could talk, they wouldn't."
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We have not had any problems with the leather and our 80 lb. dog. That said, go to Bed Bath & Beyond and look for their bath mats. They have a sort of rubber backing and they stay in place over the leather. They come in two sizes and about 10 colors. One of the colors is the same as the oyster beige of our AS seats.

They are also great to sit on yourself. No more sliding off the seat (that faux leather is slippery)!
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:45 AM   #38
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We can usually tell our two white Malti-poos are rolling in the dust on the back patio--they come in looking gray all over. Then, of course, they rub all the dust off on us or the furniture...while cuddling. Sneaky beasts!
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Our 72 lb. poodle TY (aka: TYphoon the Wonder Dog) is not allowed on any furniture at home or in the Avenue. He does fine between being on the floor or on his bed between the front seats (his preferred travel position). We find many other ways to spoil him, in return for all he gives back.

His "cheat" position is laying his head on the seat or in our laps at times. And as I previously posted, he will ascend to the front seats if we step out and he's "looking to see where we went". For this reason we put a cover on the front seats. But once we are back, he knows he is to be down.
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Joanna, we love our dog dearly. He gets a lot of affection. He gets 2 or 3 decent walks or runs per day, a high quality diet, regular combing, and a good home. We taught him to pull a cart. We do not think of ourselves as Toby's mother and father. We have human children. We do think of Toby as a great addition to our home.

The last thing we would want is a big shaggy dog in bed with us, notably in our standard double bed (home and away.) We believe in human couples snuggling in bed. If I want more snuggling with the dog, I sit on the living room floor, and let him put his head in my lap.

Unfortunately Toby (a Newfie-border collie mix) sheds so badly that we are now ripping out our carpet to install hardwood floors. (His predecessor was an Australian cattle dog (red heeler)--German shepherd mix, shed even worse. At least she better matched the carpet.)

We have enough dog hair around the house without wanting it in the bedding, all over the furniture, and in every room of the house. (Yes, we vacuum. A lot.)

As I stated above, I get that some folks feel differently than we do. That's fine. No problem. But some feel as we do, namely Toby's prior owner/s. He's a former shelter dog, and an owner before us taught him he wasn't allowed in the bedroom. He's fine with that, and doesn't expect it.

I just wanted to make the point, for anyone not wanting their beloved pet to mess up their expensive upholstery, that dogs can be trained to stay off it. Barring that, there are some interesting ideas for upholstery covers on this thread.
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Clementine our labradoodle, although a non shedder is a sponge for dirt. Think bristle pad and you’ll get the idea. Her breeder felt the same way as you and none of her brood slept with her. She said they felt safer in their crates <shrug>, but I believe it was because of her breeding program and that doodles can be space heaters and dust magnets. No matter, Clementine would find her nest in our bed amongst Walter (dog) Georgie and Henry (cats) and the guy who snores too loudly (husband).

We have yet to travel in the 23cb with our pups but have a plan for separate sleeping arrangements of corner bed and pull out. I love our trailer but have my concerns over space as I’ve only travelled in it solo thus far.
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