For the last 20 years I have owned dogs (2) with white fur that sheds all year long. I'm not sure why I didn't learn my lesson with the first one, but I didn't and now have a second one that sheds more than any dog I've ever had, ever. I keep tape rollers in all the rooms of the house and friends who come over regularly usually bring some sort of sweater/sweatshirt to wear in order to play with my lovable dog and then, afterwards, remove it and be reasonably hair free. With the new floors throughout the house, Rigby's fur has been the bane of my existence. White clumps of it just appear out of nowhere ALL DAY LONG. I adore my new floors, but at times I feel like I'm tethered to that vacuum and dust mop.
It is said that brushing dogs who shed helps with constant shedding, but it's not something I've ever done regularly with my lack of time when working. Now that summer break is here and I don't have any major plans or responsibilities, I decided I would solve this shedding all over my floors problem once and for all. I dug out my FURminator, a comb/brush gadget this is supposed to make brushing easier (I'm not entirely convinced), intent on making dog brushing part of my daily routine this summer. We are 19 days into summer break today (including weekends), and I've brushed her 11 of those days. As expected, the first two days of brushing were very very hairy. Being part Queensland and part Shepherd Rigby has a thick undercoat that is soft and fine while the top coat is more hair-like, thick and wiry. About three days in, it seemed as if I was making progress with the undercoat, and it didn't seem so thick. But she is still shedding. In 11 days I have filled 11 plastic grocery bags with dog hair, enough dog hair that would make it seem there was no hair actually left on the dog, but there is. I don't know how Rigby is not bald at that point!
While hair is still winding up on my new floors, it HAS lessened quite a bit. I'm only feeling the need to vacuum or dry mop about once a day now. And with our 100+ degree weather over the last two weeks, I'm sure Rigby is feeling cooler with those bags of hair in the trash instead of on her body. But I do wonder if she will ever stop shedding completely.
#ARTifacts: February 2017
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