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Kid and Pet Friendly Rug

A soft and beautiful kid and pet friendly rug that’s easy to care for and soft on foot.

This post is in partnership with Annie Selke, all ideas and opinions are mine.

rug that is easy to clean

I’m writing this with a little embarrassment and a lot of sadness. Over 11 years ago, we adopted Dusty, a Shih-tzu Terrier mix I found on Petfinder {which I highly recommend} and drove across the state to meet.

On our way, Chris said “just because we took that day off and are driving there, we don’t have to adopt him.  As Chris was grabbing the crate we bought in anticipation, I wandered into the shelter where dogs ran free.

rug looks natural but easy to clean

There he was, licking a dog’s wound who had been bit before being brought to the shelter. Knowing we wanted to have children in a few years and seeing his sweet heart, I melted. By the time Chris walked in, there was no question. Dusty was coming home with us.

We learned that Dusty had not been to just one home, but to three before we became his forever family. That’s what we are – he’s become a huge part of our lives.

easy to clean rug

Chris would take him on long runs, hikes through the woods and even off leash through creeks where we were pretty sure we saw actual smiles on his face.

He’s been my companion and kept my feet warm at night for the last 11 years, a playmate for the girls and Ani’s go to when she is sad.

easy to clean rug looks like sisal but softer and easy to clean

Through the years, his hips have tired and he spends much of his day sleeping. The girls and I let him in and out no less than 20 times a day so he can greet the mailman for his bone, bark at construction workers passing by or chase the occasional squirrel, but still, he has accidents in the home.

A hidden spot in our family room had become a place where Dusty had frequent accidents. While I love the aesthetic of a sisal rug, it’s not easy to clean, in fact, nearly impossible. The spots and the odor were embarrassing.

rug looks like sisal but easy to clean

We weren’t sure what to do as these accidents occur while we’re home and being around 14 years old, I’m not sure if we can train {but I’m all ears}. However, we knew we had to replace the rug, asap.

I found this incredibly soft indoor outdoor rug that looks like a chunky jute rug, without the worry {or dust}! It feels really soft on foot making it a great place to play and looks even more beautiful in person. It’s the prettiest weave, looks and feels luxe, yet is durable enough to withstand spills, heavy foot traffic, pets and children.

The best news? We’ve already put it to the test and it was incredibly easy to clean {and yes, I cried before seeing that it truly would come clean}. While I’m working diligently to avoid any accidents, it’s nice to know that I can easily clean them, eliminate odor and take the rug outside to hose down if needed.

Whether you have a pet or just want a soft rug that looks like jute and is easy to clean, this rug is the perfect fit! I love the subtle neutral color and lush texture it adds to the room.

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



23 comments on “Kid and Pet Friendly Rug”

  1. I’m going to look up your rug but I also noticed your couch and love the style. Can I ask where it is from?


  2. I’m going to look up the rug but I see your couch and love it. Could I ask where it’s from?


  3. Thank you so much for sharing this post, Julie! We have two aging dogs we adore. One is 17 and the other is 16. We like you guys are diligent about taking them out but accidents definitely happen. I just bought 2 outdoor rugs because I knew they would be easy to clean. I really missed the softness of an indoor rug though. I can’t wait to check this rug out now. Hugs to you and Dusty, CoCo

  4. Awww you made me remember and miss our Buttercup who lived to be 16 years old and had the same issue when she got older. We loved her and just cleaned up the messes without making her feel bad about it. We could tell that she knew better and was embarrassed about the accidents. Love that rug! I don’t need one right now but I sure wish I did!

  5. Animals love smooth and soft material as well as kids too.And this rug seems to to be so comfortable and soft.The color is good but its hard to maintain as it looks like off white and Floor material of white color is so difficult to maintain.

  6. OMG I love that rug! I have four Chihuahuas so I def think I need to try this!!

  7. Love the rug! Wrestle with 6 rescue doggies who think rugs are theirs to scent. I had given up on area rugs due to it.  Where did you find your rug?

  8. I also had a dog in its twilight years and also experience the same problem. You love your dog as much as we did, so you find a solution, perfect idea , this way you can continue to just give them love. I’m sure my dog Bella was embarrassed.

  9. Hi! I love the rug, too, but was going to mention that when our older dog started to have accidents our vet put her on Proin, which made all the difference! I know it is widely used, not too expensive, and was a miracle worker when it came to our rugs and floors.

  10. Where is your brass lamp from?

  11. I love the rug, Julie! You talked about how easy it is to clean, but we own a pug and she sheds like crazy! How easy is it to keep the dog hair out of it? We’re constantly cleaning up dog hair, so my concern is how much will adhere to this beautiful rug? I’m looking for an area rug for our new RV and I know Sadie would really enjoy laying on this.
    Thanks, Julie!

    • Oooh, with a shedding dog I highly recommend a rug with less texture. There’s a beautiful Dash and Albert indoor/outdoor rug that looks like sisal, but isn’t that would be easy to clean dog hair from!

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