Last April, when Target launched a new design collaboration with Marimekko, I knew I would have to treat myself to a little something.
Designer collaborations are a thing where fancy pants big name designers dream up some special new products in their classic style that Target then produces on the super cheap and sells to the masses.
And my obsession with Finnish designer Marimekko dates back to the early eighties and a set of pink bedsheets - one flowered and one striped - that literally made me smile every time I put them on my bed.
So after scrolling through a long list of Marimekko products on Target.com and strolling through the special brick-and-mortar displays, I settled on an iconic Marimekko graphic black and white outdoor rug.
I know. Maybe not the most practical or necessary purchase I ever made in my life. With a price tag in the range of $90, I felt a little guilty about blowing a C-note on a pure frivolity
But then this happened.
^ Ranger, it turns out, LOVES the concept of a Finnish outdoor rug.
In summers past, while his humans worked and played in the backyard, he would anxiously pace back and forth between a shady but secluded napping place under a bush and a sunnier spot with better sight lines that always left him panting and hot.
In short, my boy spent many a summer day feeling stressed, uncomfortable, and unsure of where to park himself.
^ Other sights and scenes from the back patio that Ranger cares less about.
And while I realize that a hundred dollars is a bit much to spend on what has essentially become a designer dog bed, seeing my good boy Ranger resting easy in these golden days of his life is well worth every penny.