Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Nice Morning to Be Outside

Thank you all for your well wishes! I'm feeling much better. It was all the caffeine the day of LG's surgery. In fact, I'm at work right now. Saturday night equals an all nighter for me. Little Guy is doing better too, thank you. Still drooling, but not as badly. He has the yes and no hand signals down pat, as well as the thumbs up, down and in between. When I left the thumb was somewhere in the middle. And he was still not dressed. But playing his DS and the new Pokemon game that Grandma brought him today. All smiles.

This morning - wait - it's Sunday now, isn't it? Yesterday morning, before goi
ng back to bed, the Hunny and I were chatting outside while he painted the trim on the house. I had the Babies outside and they're shedding nicely right now, so I also had their undercoat brush. The downside to an Australian/German Shepherd mix is that triple coat of fur. Two of them is twice the fun on the carpet. We seem to have to vacuum daily this time of year. Not that we DO. We just walk around on the black carpet.

So I start to brush and the Hunny freaks. Something about dog hair blowing around and sticking to his fresh white paint? But we did brush the Babies when he took a break, on the other side of the house, and I HAD to show you the results. Bear with me? Then I'll tell you about my favorite undercoat brush.



This is the Hunny brushing Patches. No pictures of Flash being brushed, because I was flapping my yap instead of playing Mamarazzi. Another photo?


Every brush stroke filled the brush completely. Most brush strokes sent hair flying everywhere. I'm sure our neighbors love us. They were out mowing and edging all morning. And the one neighbor just cleaned his pool. Lovely Oklahoma wind was taking mounds of dog hair over the fence on either side of the house.



This is some of what actually accumulated. Much of it escaped, but some stayed around. Some caught at the edges of the patio, like so:


Bizarre, huh? Like snow. But black and furry. Let me show you what the Hunny did next:



Isn't he the cutest thing, wielding a rake? I love watching him work. How often do you rake up your dog's hair? Not often enough, I'm sure. Here's the end result:



Two dog's worth, fer sure. But I feel so much better about my carpets now. And the Rake? There's a little story behind that. C'mon - you knew there's be a story behind it.

Last fall I took the Babies to be Defurminated. I know, right? A friend told me about it, about taking her dog in every fall and spring, so I took them to be groomed. A hundred dollars later, I was convinced it worked, but convinced I needed to find a cheaper way to do it. Honestly, the dogs were missing more than half their coat. So I looked for the FURminator and found it was still a little pricier than any brush I'd ever purchased.


Not only was it pricey, there's a special shampoo which has to be used with it and blah blah blah. But not one to give up, I kept searching. And found the above mentioned rake, or a variation thereof, at my local WalMart. Several people online had recommended it. I don't even use the special shampoo. But look at the results!



Hair, hair everywhere! None of it in my house! I love this brush! And now my nose itches.

Until I write again ...

Flea

16 comments:

The Casual Perfectionist said...

Wow! It looks like a whole dog was left in the pile after you were done brushing! I hope you have a great weekend...

noble pig said...

That's one hairy puppy, but better it stays outside than around the baseboards.

Mental P Mama said...

I bet the dog looks all skinny now...maybe I should furminate myself...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

yeah squirt could hide in all that hair LOL... we have a brush thingy that really gathers up the hair off the critters too... i think it came from walmart too... its thicker near the handle and thinner on the bristle ends but is shaped alot like those you have pictured.
HUgs Laura

Trisha said...

Isn't it fun to own animals that shed? At least you got a massive amount out at one time and while the neighbor will curse you as he cleans his pool again - your carpets will be a bit cleaner!

dlyn said...

I am on my knees thanking the good Lord that Riley has a short, hard coat and gets over with shedding in about two seconds flat. We had a collie sheoherd mix for 16 years and finally just gave up and got her nearly shaved every summer.

Tammy said...

I have an all white dog and the hair it sheds is unreal! Of course I like to wear dark colors and it picks up the hair. Ughhh!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

A-A-A-A-TCHOO!!! A-A-A-A ... A-TCHOO!!! Okay, I'd better make this quick. I casually mentioned to my husband that Fred and Bessie were open to an invite to Grass Valley and he nearly knocked me over with his enthusiatic reply, "YEAH!!! That'd be GREAT! We can go waverunning, drive around in the convertible ..." (Where was this enthusiasm the last time a relative wanted to stop in???) When I relayed the potential for a visit to my college-age daughter she burst out with, "Cool! Of course we want them to come." (O-k-a-y ... hmmmm.) So, I hereby invite Fred and Bessie to Wisteria Cottage for a California Adventure. (Btw, we are lactose intolerant and willing to avoid red-meat out of respect for potential sensitivity on our guests' part -- we're soooooo Californian aren't we?) So Fred and Bessie, get a moooooove on and come back to this side of the pond. The guest cottage will have fresh linens and grass fresh from the valley waiting for you. : )

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Did the dog get suddenly frisky? When we adopted ours, she was a mound of hair. My mom and I shaved her all down & my husband honestly didn't recognize her. And, she went from boring to spazzy in 2.4 seconds.

Harmony said...

I am back!!! Did you miss me? Well that's okay because I missed you!! I have so much catching up to do, I don't know if I am going to be able to do it...I am sick with worry about LG...and need to keep reading to find out what happened. And boy that is one big pile of hair you got there. I need to brush out my dog Phoebe...she needs it BAD!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

I have seen it all. Only you would be so smart to take these pictures. I laughed! THANKS!

Lori said...

Hmmm...gotta be a way to invent a dog brush with a vacuum attachment. Kinda like that Flo-bee hair cutting thing. Remember that?
Either that or take all that hair you rake up and make some yarn and knit your neighbors a scarf as a peace offering.

Casdok said...

Very impressive!!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Um, that is a lot of dog hair! But they are gorgeous dogs, wow.
Glad you are feeling better, coffee will do that to me too. Hope your boy heals up quickly, sounds like he is taking full advantage! I would too! Bring on the fudge pops.

Debbie said...

Oh my gosh, I've never seen so much hair. Enough to rake? I bet the babies felt so much better afterwards! I will remember this when I get my next dog! Thanks!

Colleen said...

when we were still in our townhouse with the second story deck, I'd take my cats out there with the shedding tool and would have piles of cat hair rolling around the deck, on the grass below, and into the neighbors' yards.