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Love It or Hate It? Pets in Shelter Photos

I've been inspired by a lot of the Apartment Therapy Fall Colors 2008 Contest entries, and it seems like my favorites involve homes with pets in the photos. Of course, this is a reflection of my pet love in general. However, I really do believe that a cute pup or kitty in a photo makes an appealing home look 10 times better. Are you with me, or do animals in shelter shots leave you cold?


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endomental endomental 8 years
It really depends on the animal, what it is doing in the photo, and whether it suits its surroundings. Some rooms just house pets better than others. In some photos, the addition of a pet is either a distraction or just cloying.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I think it's hilarious when a spread in Metropolitan Home will show a high end apartment, completely done in white couches white rugs white chairs etc etc. and then shows 2 bulldogs in the doorway. Either 1) these folks have full time housecleaners and an outrageous bleach bill or 2) those poor pooches NEVER get outside. I have 1 boxer, and a yard with a few bare dirt spots and therefore the "earthtone" color palate of decorating has been chosen FOR ME. I can't even keep my white pants clean with my slobber girl around. All it takes is one little kiss.....
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I voted yes, but here's my extra preference: I want to know the pet's name. Otherwise it feels like it's just a prop.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
I have four dogs -- there hardly is ever a room without a dog in it, so you know my vote!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I had a hard time voting since I think of an Animal Shelter when I see the word "shelter" - but yes, anything is more appealing to me with a pet in it! Some of my fave commercials have pets in 'em!! ;)
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
I love pictures with animals it gives the impression that design doesn't haven't to be compromised just because you have a pet!
drea-nicole drea-nicole 8 years
I agree animals and children make the pictures look less show room-ish.
Emmygirl Emmygirl 8 years
I agree with all of the above! Pets is a photo make it a more lovable photo... thus making it a more lovable home :-)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that by having a pet in the picture it makes it a bit warmer and less 'just a room' picture if that makes any sense. that's not to say that i don't really pay any mind to them, cause to be honest, i don't focus on the cat/dog/bird/fish, but it does make the room look like it's a little more habitable.
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
Animals in a home make it look more real, lived in, and less sterile and cold to me: they make it look more appealing :-D I love animals.
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