Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gone to the Dogs!

Help! My house has been overrun by dogs!

I've always wanted to collect dog figurines, but never knew where to start. So when I saw this "instant" collection for sale at La Dolfina, I bought them!
All 23 of them!

They say, be careful what you wish for!
I think I need to hit the "edit" button!

I really like displaying them all on my living room bookcase though.
They're all classic breeds like pointers and beagles.

I thought if there are just too many, perhaps I would give them as gifts to my dog loving friends.
That is, if I'm able to part with them!

Acquiring the porcelain dog collection was a sign of things to come.
A few days later, I acquired two more real dogs when Ashley came home for her wedding and Christmas.
Meet Tiger, a 6 month old Rottweiller mix.

Tiger and his brother, Bear. They're inseparable!

Dexter is not amused! Although, he gets along with the boys, probably because he is the elder.
Indeed, my house has gone to the dogs!

Be sure to check out Terri's blog, La Dolfina here, and her online boutique, Il Tuo Tesoro here.
She has a talent for finding the most amazing treasures!

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great collection Delores! Your daughters doges are beautiful and what a sweet photo of the two of them sleeping!Dexter is a real cutie too ans I'm sure he keeps them in their place LOL.

Entertaining Women said...

I've always wanted to do some tablescapes with dog figurines. These are wonderful. I think you should keep them all. So many options! Cherry Kay

Claudia Fabiana said...

I love the way you have them displayed. Great find, and I love La Dolfina too!

Ciao, bella!

17-17 said...

so cute collection!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I love your dogs and especially that it was an INSTANT collection! Fabulous! The REAL dogs are adorable too! I say keep the collection, it looks great on the bookcases. XO, Pinky

Rose H (UK) said...

Lovely collection Delores, but beware - I started a collection of cats...I've now over 100!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love these Delores! I didn't see a single one that I would be able to edit out OR give away! I have always been drawn to dog figurines too....but...I have cats!! I don't think they would appreciate it! lol

This is a great collection! Love the real ones too!

Lou Cinda :)

The enchanted home said...

They are so cute!! I don't blame you for collecting them, love anything with dogs, and have them sprinkled around my house too....they look beauitful!

French Basketeer.com said...

I thought those looked familiar; I bought a great tartan from La Dolfina/Terri recently; great shopping and she shipped quickly....

Unknown said...

You have a fab collection! Love them all! Hugs

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

If you are going to collect dogs, that's the way to do it! You have certainly started with a bang - trust Terri to find such a beautiful instant core collection.

I love Dexter's rug - is it handwoven? Where did he get it?

Babs said...

Poor Dexter, over run with dogs. Your collection has so many handsome breeds and your daughter's dogs are so sweet...of course, Dexter is, too. Extra hugs for Dexter.

Debby said...

Love your real doggies. I love your Springer Spaniel dogs as well.

Barbara said...

Love, love, love your new collection!I too have a dog collection but mine consists mainly of Poodles since we have two standards. Enjoy your blog so very much! Our design aesthetic is so similar!

La Dolfina said...

Hi Dolores,
They look right at home in your environs just as I imagined they would! I think you'll find lots of fun ways to decorate with them all year long!!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh boy that is quite a nice collection! Wow your daughter is home for the wedding that means it's very close!! You must be all wound up! I'll have to check out LaDolfina!
Best wishes for a perfect wedding day for you and your daughter!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I have a thing for dog figurines, too...great collection! Love the dogs' beautiful markings!

Southerncook said...

Your new dog collection is just beautiful. I would be inclined to collect percelein dogs myself. You need a Cavelier in your collection. Your new live fur babies are adorable too.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

for the love of a house said...

Your "granddogs" are ADORABLE!! Love little Dexter!


Kathysue said...

I love them and they were meant for your home, they look as if they have always been there, now that is what I call good design,
xo Kathysue

Pam Kelley said...

I think I have written this to you before but maybe not... I recently discovered your blog which i love!
Our blogs are so similar. Have you ever taken a look at mine?

I posted a couple of months ago Must Love Dogs. Hope you take a look and enjoy!

Pam Kelley

Greet Lefèvre said...

Love love love this post!!! Just wonderful!!! I love dogs!!! They are so faithful to us and they have a healing effect on us, and certainly to me these days!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I have a collection of those little dogs to. I also am attracted to pictures of dogs. I just have a heart for those little critters.

Vickie H. said...

So lovely! And adore the brothers!
Poor Dexter....chin up, my dear.

Cynthia S. said...

I love your blog, your style and your darling family.

Don't even think of giving a single dog from the collection away - too special!

As for your granddogs, adorable and loveable - you should roll out the welcome mat for those two!

Thanks for entertaining me on an otherwise tedious day!


Sonia said...

Your new found collection is gorgeous! I love dog figures...I don't have any but have always admired them. Your fur-babies are so precious...we had an extra at our house for Thanksgiving too. Hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season..I enjoy reading your blog!
Miss Bloomers

Sarah said...

Alison, I read this post two days ago, headed over to Terri's blog, and forgot to come back and tell you how much I enjoyed all your dogs. ;-)
Fabulous collection. No live dogs here at HFTS anymore. ;-( Have to do with this kind for now.
Dexter looks pretty comfy. ~ Sarah

a quiet life said...

they are so cute when they sleep... oy, i feel for her, having littermates is a forever challenge!

Jeckab said...

NIce and cool Post..Remember,potentially harmful and dangerous bacteria will develop slowly but surely, and gather in the dog bed, so that a potential health risk to dogs and other members of your family.

Assuming it is imperative that you buy a bacterial foam dog bed, and more importantly, be a dog bed with a cover that can be easily washed, sterilized and disinfected as may be the case.

Kim said...

I would have bought them all too. They look adorable on your bookshelves Delores!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Dolores! Your newly acquired dog collection (real and otherwise) is such a great addition to your decor!

I came by to invite Dexter to my Christmas Pet Parade and now I see you have Tiger and bear. Of course they are all welcome to attend!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Sting said...

As a dog owner, it is important to think not only of the designs and the shapes for such fashionable dog beds but also for the pet's comfort. A loving owner would want a bed that will make their babies relaxed and at the same time amused lying in their own beds.

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