There are several reasons for the restriction. First of all, I don't think I should have to vacuum dog hairs from every room in the house. Most importantly, we have guests with allergies and we want a dander-free area for them.
My study, the main floor guest bedroom and bath, and the library all open from a common hallway. The dogs are not allowed to be in this hallway, much less one of the rooms. When we moved into this house, we used baby gates to train the girls. The gates are no longer needed.
Here is Ellie, peeking around the corner of the hallway into my study.
Mom, are you coming out soon?
Yes, Ellie. I'm almost done.
Lucy comes to the doorway as well, and gives me her pleading look.
The other area of the house off-limits to dogs is the master suite. The hallway there is fair game, but they cannot enter the rooms.
Lucy takes the lead in checking out who is in the bedroom.
Both dogs wait patiently until we join them.
Some people think we must spoil our dogs. Heaven knows I post about them often enough. But we do not spoil them at all. They are our wonderful pets and we love them dearly, but they are dogs. They eat only dog food (and the occasional carrot or two). They do not climb or sit on the furniture. I could leave a steak on the cocktail table and they wouldn't touch it. They know that humans are the pack leaders. Yet, they are very happy girls. They know the rules and the rules are consistent. That makes for a good dog life.
----------What a great week this has been! I've been recovering from a cold, so I had no guilt in vegging out and watching the birds at the feeders, television and old movies. It does a body good every now and then.
Whatever your plans for this weekend, I hope it is a golden one. Pamper yourself and do some of the things that bring you joy. This weekend won't come again. The mess in the house will wait for you.