Since December of last year, the rug has been stored in various places throughout in the boat, but most recently, we were keeping it rolled up on the floor of the master stateroom. As you might have guessed, this wasn't an ideal storage space; however, we got used to it and after awhile, we barely noticed it was there (except for every single day when I tripped over it).
Today, while Helina took her morning nap, I brought the rug back out, gave it a thorough vacuuming, and did my best to re-volumize the shag. After emerging from her room and seeing the rug for what was essentially the first time, Helina wasn't quite sure what to make of it. In fact, she spent a good amount of time cautiously pacing back and forth across the rug until she was finally willing to sit on it. Here she is in action: