When M complained to me about Dakota’s shedding, I knew I was in for a month and a half of constant vacuuming. Since he already owned a lab (and I personally know how much hair a lab can stick to the carpet, your clothes, the furniture, the walls, your food and eyelashes), I figured if he was complaining then the german shepherd/collie in Dakota was definitely in full spring-shed effect and I had just better prepare to be covered most evenings.
While browsing the May 8 Daily Chuck image on Dooce.com, I read about this shedding tool called the Furminator. Now, usually I’m not coerced into falling for infomercials or other “miracle” tools… but Dooce gets a pretty big readership, and my reasoning fell to this: If enough people told Dooce about the Furminator after she complained about Chuck’s amass of hair, enough people that she actually went out and bought one, used it and vouches for it… then maybe there’s something to this particular device.
Mom bought a small one, one that we could use on Ben (my cat that sheds like a labrador), and I tried it out on Dakota and Kelsy. Oh my. In the first session I took a volleyball-sized wad off of Dakota and about a softball-sized ball off of Kelsy. The Furminator is an obsessive-compulsive girl’s dream come true! Truly addictive, like peeling glue off the back of your hand in middle school. I e-mailed M to tell him about the miracle I just witnessed, guessing that he probably wouldn’t believe me.
Well, it turns out his co-worker bought one for his golden retriever pup and has been touting this tool’s capabilities as well! I guess our combined excitement (plus the thought of me doing the brush-work over the next few weeks!) was enough for M, because Friday there was a box from Amazon in the mail: a medium-sized Furminator! Since it was a beautiful day outside on Saturday, I took the girls for a walk and when we got back I went to work on a much less bouncy Dakota.
After about 10 minutes, here are the results of my efforts:
She may still be shedding, but I won’t have to vacuum that up off of the floor tonight. Amen.