I made a big mistake. Less than 2 years ago I purchased a fake cowhide for our living room. I had good reasoning...my daughter was freaking out that I was even considering a real one and I was a tad worried about how my dogs would react to it. You know, the whole animal scent issue. Last thing I wanted was for them to decide they needed to mark their territory. I could just see them thinking, "Move over moo moo. This is MY house!"
Well, because I decided to go the cheap route, while pleasing my daughter and dogs, it ended up costing me more in the end since I had to replace it less than 2 years later.
My fake hide just wasn't hacking it. It started coming apart in the high traffic areas and it collected my dog's fur like nobody's business. Even after I vacuumed it, the dogs' fur was still visible. Such a pain!
My real hide came with a very unexpected bonus...
So, friends, learn from my mistake. If you're on the fence and wondering if this is an area worth saving a few bucks, the answer is a big, fat no! It's money well spent to go real in this situation. Think about your area and if it's a space that gets lots of foot love, then quality is definitely the way to go.