Last fall my partner and I were jonesing for a dog, so we did what every good renter does and sent our landlords a really nice email. Their reply? A definitive “NO!” with zero room for negotiating. Since then, we’ve scratched the itch by deciding on a name for our future pup (he’ll be called Le Mutt!) and teaching our fish Cinnamon to leap for food. The situation’s not ideal, but it’ll have to do for now.
When we do finally get to bring home Le Mutt, I’ll be sure to look back on this list of tips from photographer and pet-lover, Margaret Wright. She’s generously distilled everything she’s learned raising her own fur babies into a quick guide to 10 Pet-Safe Houseplants. Not only do her suggestions feature substitutes for trendy blooms that aren’t ideal for four-legged friends, but they’re accompanied by portraits of her own dogs and cats. Scroll down to check them out, and good luck not getting distracted by all the adorable-ness! —Garrett
Image above: When you want something pink like a wandering jew or a variegated rubber: Pink-leaved plants are definitely having a moment, so pick up a calathea pinstripe. It has delicate pink lines on its dark green leaves.