Our Favorite Four Legged Child

Our eight pound chihuahua has proudly held the title of our favorite (i.e. only) child for over three years. And even though Burger’s about to have some competition in May, we don’t think there will ever be any mistaking that we love our dog. In kind of a crazy way. Heck, he’s already represented in three separate portraits in the third-bedroom-slash-nursery-to-be’s photo wall:

And thanks to 1) some foresight on my part, 2) a generous giveaway sponsor and 3) our love of all things Burger, the future nursery is about to have one more ode to the tiniest Petersik. Introducing Burger the Zoonie:

To explain: you may recall this fun giveaway from Eleni Creative, maker of custom felt mobiles and stuffed animals called Zoonies. Well, Sherry and I were quite smitten by their handiwork (I even broke out the word “adorable”; the dad-to-be thing was already making me soft, okay?). But they really do great work. Just check out the custom “flying elephant” mobile that our big winner Amy scored in early October:

Didn’t that come out great? We’ve been dying to share it with you guys since it was a completely one-of-a-kind creation made just for our lucky winner. And after the giveaway I secretly asked Eleni’s resident “feltician” Helen if I could hire her to make a custom piece styled after our favorite chihuahua as a little surprise for my lady. Surprisingly, she didn’t laugh or call me crazy. Instead, she kindly offered to do it as a “thank you” to us… and even sent me this cartoon-y sketch of our Zoonified pup for approval before the felting commenced!

Fast forward two months and Sherry finds me handing her a wrapped present as we exit the doctor’s office after our second ultrasound. We were both walking on air because our latest scan had confirmed that the baby’s doing perfectly (and flipping around like a gymnast) so it felt like the ideal moment to hand it over in celebration of “this is really happening!”

And that’s how I gifted Sherry our baby’s first stuffed animal. Which just happens to be modeled after our favorite chihuahua.

And Sherry went bonkers over it. Seriously. Lots of jumping and screaming. So maybe “the bean” won’t appreciate his or her felted brother (aka: Burger 2.0) for a while (heck, even Burger himself isn’t that sure what to make of it) but at least we’ve stacked the deck in favor of our new favorite child loving our current favorite child just as much as we do. And maybe the two of them will learn to share the title…

But what about you guys? Have your pets inspired any home decor over the years? Any framed pooch or kitty pictures or silhouettes out there? How about one of those pillows that they can personalize with an iron on image? Or a ceramic replica of a certain breed for your mantel? We wanna know how your favorite four-leggers are celebrated in your house.


  1. Leigh says

    That is so cute and such a good idea!

    Our two kittys are our children. We have framed photos of them, they have their own Christmas tree ornaments and their own monogramed stockings. We know they are spoiled, but it’s so much fun and we know they love it! I hope that one day, when we have human children, our furry children will understand.

  2. says

    Love the Zoonie of Burger- and “Zoonie” is a really funny name for them, so cute!

    I have a blog post ready to go soon on this exact topic but these are my current favorite ways to “capture” your pet but still keep it classy enough for home decor: Gemini Art Studio’s Cat & Dog Collection (in addition to their awesome city collection too), http://www.etsy.com/shop/geministudio.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, that is the cutest stuffed animal ever!! Burger looks so cute with his stuffed animal self! I have a little Scottish Terrier and I am always wanting to buy anything that has a reference to a Scottie. I ended up buying these salt and pepper shakers (http://www.dreamindomestic.com/2009/10/26/incredible-weekend-finds/) the second I saw them. Too cute! I notice that around this time of year there are Scottish Terriers on everything (wrapping paper, pajamas, slippers, Christmas cards, etc.) but they hardly get any recognition any other time of the year. It’s a shame, really.

  4. Christine says

    I had a small portrait painted of my little guy, Seamus McDog, based on some photos I emailed to the artist. The painting has a prominent spot in the living room. Now I need to have one made of his little sister, Piper. Any suggestions of artists doing smaller-scale paintings that aren’t terribly expensive (and preferably in the DC area or email accessible)??

    • says

      Hey Christine,

      We would definitely check out etsy.com for plenty of amazing portrait and pet artists out there who are affordable and extremely talented. You could just send over a picture and get something back in a week or two. Hope it helps!


  5. says

    So cute! I have a Christmas ornament that we hang on the tree that looks just like our pooch. In fact his very first Christmas, he snatched only one ornament off the tree as his own personal chew toy, and wouldn’t you know it, he took the one that looks like him. Fortunately I was able to save it before it was destroyed!

  6. says

    When I bought my house, it had a trashy “Beware of Dog” sign on the fence. Plus, the whole house smelled like nasty dog (I’m convinced this is the single biggest reason I got the house for the amazing price I did) so as soon as I could, I ripped that sign off and threw it away.

    Fast forward a couple months, the dog smell is gone, and I’m now foster mothering a sweet little dog who had been living in a kennel. I finally got around to dumping my little trash can out back into the big one, and at the bottom of it I saw the sign. It just struck me as funny for some reason, and now I have it propped up behind Misty’s food and water bowl. It’s like a silly reminder of the trashiness of my house when I first bought it and how far it’s come, plus it even looks kinda cute there.

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