Shedding season is upon us
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You know itís spring when you start looking for your tape rollers, or your face lights up when you see them at the pet supply store register. When you start coordinating your work wardrobe with your dogís coat. When it seems like you vacuum or sweep up enough hair to make at least a small dog every day.
I told a friend recently that we should switch cars: she has beige upholstery in her car, but two dark-colored dogs; I have buff-colored dogs and dark upholstery. I had my car before the dogs, but darn it, at some point in life Iím going to coordinate these things.
I have both types of shedding dogs in my family: the kind whose hair comes off every time you touch him, and the one who never seems to be shedding but whose hair is everywhere anyway.
Ottoís hair plugs up the Furminator with every pass, floats off of him as he walks around, and concentrates in your hand at the end of every stroke of petting. When he wakes up in the morning, walks into the kitchen and stretches and then shakes in that morning sunbeam, I just about have a nervous breakdown seeing the loose hair float and fly about. Why canít he wait until heís gone 10 more steps and shake outside? I am using the Furminator on him every day, but the job of getting rid of that layered winter coat just seems endless.
I canít use the Furminator or any other brush on Tito the Chihuahua. Because instant hysteria. He defends himself thoroughly against any potential harm or discomfort. Fortunately, he loves being massaged, so I can still use my fingers to scrub and loosen his hair, and then sort of wipe it off, but itís not nearly as effective as using a brush.
Dyson came out with a dog brush attachment for its terrific Animal line of vacuums, but even when paired with high-value treats, my dogs hated being brush/vacuumed. At least now they leave the room when I vacuum, instead of being underfoot. Did anyoneís dogs not mind that experience?
What are you doing to cope with the shedding?