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Reader Question: How Can I Make My 75sqm Condo in Quezon City More Dog-Friendly?

Find out how to make your space cozy and comfortable for you and your furry friends

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Q: I'm renovating my 75-sqm, two-bedroom unit, and my biggest dilemma is how to make it dog-friendly. I have a medium-sized beagle named Lizzie, who freely roams the house and sleeps in my bed. Just thinking of how to make a beautiful space without sacrificing Lizzie's freedom is already causing me headaches. So far, all the interiors I've seen in magazines have fragile pieces on tables and plush carpets, which I cannot afford to have stained or chewed on by my pet.

To create a better space, I'm thinking of elevating everything, including my shoe rack. What would you suggest? I have a lot of friends who share this problem with me so I'm sure your advice will be of help to many. —Darelle, Quezon City

A: First, let's tackle the basics. Use semi-gloss paint, which is more resistant to stains than flat or matte paint. Use materials that are low-maintenance. Choose wall, furniture, and floor coverings that are easy to clean like leather, tiles, or wood.

Now that we've covered that, let's move on to ways to prettify your canine-friendly home. Lamps always add warmth to any space. Find table lamps that are made of natural, unbreakable materials. Choose wall-mounted photos or paintings because they are out of your pet's reach.

Also, remember to buy doggie furniture that complements the look of your unit. Leopard-print or bright pink dog stuff may be cute but they might not go well with your interiors. Place the doggie bed in one special area of your home so you can contain the fur in one place.

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the October 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

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