Puppy Love

This morning as John headed off to work he mentioned that he’d hidden “a little something” around the house and encouraged me to “go on a scavenger hunt.” As I embarked on a journey that I expected to include lots of looking under, over and between objects in every room, imagine my surprise and delight upon immediately finding this huge concrete greyhound statue waiting for me by my desk- complete with a big red bow.

Greyhound Vday

You see, my obsession with greyhound statues began eons ago when I spied a pair of white glossy, ceramic greyhound statues flanking a fireplace in Jonathan Adler’s book, My Prescription To Anti-Depressive Living. I then began seeing them everywhere, from hotel designs by Kelly Wearstler to the pages of Domino. And I was itching to adopt one too! And then one fateful day about three months ago we stumbled across a concrete version at a local home and garden center. How cute of my man to remember my greyhound crush after all this time and make one mine. And as always, we saved a pretty penny since I recall that our concrete pup was priced somewhere around FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS CHEAPER than these glossy ceramic versions going for $465 at Perch.

Originally when we discovered the concrete version at the home and garden store, I daydreamed about topping it with white semi-gloss paint to mimic the sheen of the ceramic statues. But after setting my Valentine’s Day puppy down next to the living room fireplace, his subtle matte finish is actually perfect.

And speaking of perfect, I can’t have a post about puppies and not mention our other adorable accessory. Burger wishes all the ladies out there a very Happy V-day. And guys, guard your girls, he’s a little heart-breaker.



  1. YoungHouseLove says

    Hope you ladies had a fabulous V-day as well. Burger loves his new friend (well, he ignores him, but at least he doesn’t bark at him!) and I’m smitten too. Thanks for your comments and we look forward to sharing more pics of pups and home makeovers and everything in between.


  2. says

    i realize this is…3 years late…but it made me laugh that you said you em”bark”ed on a scavenger hunt for the greyhound. haha. anyway, random. enjoy the weekend!

  3. Dalenna says

    In the later “Anne of Green Gables” books she has china dogs named Gog & Magog that sit beside the fireplace forever!

  4. says

    I’ve been missing YHL lately and was feeling nostalgic (I’ve been reading since the beginning) so I went back to look at your first house this morning and searched for this post specifically because I remember loving it so much. I’m not really sure why, I guess I just thought it was sweet (and it probably helps I’m a dog lover). I so enjoyed going back through your first house, it brought back so many happy memories, I used to read YHL in college and dream of my first home. I’ve loved all your houses, but I think the first one will always be my favorite. My husband and I recently bought our first home and you’re still my biggest inspiration. xoxo

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