The Balloon Animal

In my last post, I mentioned that you should ignore the pile of balloons in the background of my pictures, and that I would explain them in a future post.  Well, here is the promised explanation.

For K’s 18th birthday party, we made a huge arrangement of balloons to put in front of the fireplace – in case you can’t tell, it’s supposed to be an “18”.

Balloon 18

We tend to leave our decorations up for weeks – hey, when you work that hard on making an “18” out of balloons, you want to get your money’s worth of enjoyment out of them!

Over 2 month’s time, the 18 has collapsed into a heap of balloons on the hearth. Now, the hearth rug has always been a favorite hangout spot for our Pekingese Angel. She was at first a little miffed at the balloons hogging her space. She would approach cautiously and try to nose her way onto the rug, and back off in fear as the whole pile jiggled at her.

Eventually, though, she came to embrace the jiggly pile of balloons. She worked her way underneath and sat happily, cocooned in her balloon cave.

Angel's Balloon Cave 1

Angel's Balloon Cave 2

Angel is now fully attached to the pile of balloons, and we think we’ll have to replace them when they finally wither away. She roots her way under the pile for a nap. Occasionally she digs at the rug (you know, a futile attempt to fluff something that can’t be fluffed) and the whole pile shakes and makes an interesting whooshing noise.

A little footnote to the story…as I tried to get a good shot of Angel, I was down on the floor on my belly like no 58-year-old out-of-shape woman should be. The cat, of course, had to immediately come up and try to head butt the camera. I took a shot of her, which she didn’t care for…she looks like she’s auditioning for the lead role in “Grumpy Cat – The Movie”.


Gotta love your critters!

Making your own balloon numbers is easy! Just get some balloon decorating strips and a pile of latex balloons!


About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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