Thursday, January 12, 2006

Home Improvement Cont'd

At the end of December I bought a couch. It was to replace a huge, ancient yellow monster which had first been my mother's and, after she had it reupholstered and lived with it for many more years, became mine. It was well over twenty years old and although a bit hard, far from worn out. But it was deeply stained from years of muddy paws and no amount of cleaning would get the stains out. No one sat on it because it had not been originally purchased with any considerations about being a dog hair magnet. It was an embarrassment when people came over and since no one in the family would sit on it, and it is the couch placed for optimal television viewing and conversation, it was not only taking up a huge amount of room, but it was keeping us from being comfortable.

This is my new couch.

We carefully explained to the dogs that the new couch was off limits. When they tried to leap up we firmly told them no.

It's actually slipcovered, so when the dog hair and muddy paw prints become too much, we can have the slipcovers cleaned. And in fact I bought a replacement set. It's just a practical, family room couch. The color is for wearability. But it's way more comfortable than the old couch.

We've had it for two weeks.

Sometimes you just have to bow to the inevitable.


Blogger Dave said...

Couches are the natural habitat of dogs. I have heard naturalists whispering about the great mossy couches of Minnesota's north country, where the wolves gather, howl, and then walk in circles, scratching at the pine needles until they settle in.

January 12, 2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

omg I wanna pet your dog!

January 12, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

Now this is a picture of a couch, McHugh.

January 13, 2006 4:08 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

O'Brien, I did not speak of any other possible activities on MY new couch.

Greg, if you look on top of the right arm, under the comforter, you will note there are two dogs on the couch, and both of them would be delighted if you paid any attention to them at all.

January 13, 2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

Please send me your dogs to pet today.

January 13, 2006 10:39 AM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

I miss Smith and Shelly! They are the best combination of dogs in the world.

January 13, 2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

McHugh, I would be happy to make out with someone on your new couch (preferably not one of the dogs).

January 13, 2006 1:41 PM  
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