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 going 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 ...