By The Hair of the Dog

I’m not talking about hangover cures. I’m talking about Macy, our dog.

I love my pup. She is happy, bouncy, energetic – and very, very affectionate. When I work on my laptop late at night, she curls up next to me. Sometimes her head rests on my leg.

Sometimes, it is across my laptop until I stop to give her a belly rub.

She follows me everywhere – chases my vacuum, gets underfoot when I do laundry – hoping to snag a yummy sock to chew – and so does her hair. But, if that’s the price I have to pay for having her around then so be it. I know I can always head over to Stopthatdog.com to find solutions for my hang-ups if it starts becoming a little too much.

You see, when I picked an English cocker spaniel as a pet, I knew she would be a shedder.

I just didn’t realize how MUCH. Oh, she has her flaws. She eats sheep poo on her walks through the fields. She actually will eat just about anything – or at least chew it to bits. She has toxic flatulence. To be honest, I’m surprised that this is the only thing that she has, as I would’ve thought that the things she eats on her walks would have had some sort of effect on her health, but obviously not. If it does eventually catch up with her, I’m hoping that something like CBD for dogs will help her to feel better, as my friend has used it for her dog before, for a problem she had and has said that it really made a positive impact. I just don’t think that I can cope with any more of her flaws though. I’m sure you’re not surprised in hearing that the most annoying thing is her shedding.

I hoover every day, sometimes more than once. I vacuum my furniture constantly. You could make a whole new dog out of the amount of hair I dump out of my electric sweeper.

Not a day goes by, while vacuuming, do I not think about running the hose over her. **thinking, haven’t done** **yet**

I’ve also thought about investing in an air purifier. When I see her hair all over the house I can’t help but think about the hair and dander in the air that you can’t see. I read this great article about air purifiers for dog owners the other day – if you have a hairy dog then you might want to check it out too.

If there is one thing I could change about my dog, it would be her shedding. And, while I love her to bits, and know we have the right dog for us – there are moments where I realize that I should have picked one of the black puppies – I mostly wear dark-colored clothes, you know.

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Comments

  1. I have a little white dog and constantly have white fur all over my clothes too! I like your mocked up photo! Stopping by from Mama Kat’s.

  2. Isn’t that the truth. I wrote about my new puppy which, let’s be honest, most puppies have a lot that could be changed. I didn’t include the shedding. Yikes! That’s another one. We love them to death and then get to take a little bit of them with us attached to our sweater or pants!

    stopped by from mama kat’s

  3. Found you on Mama Kat’s site! I’m with you – I have a Siberian Husky – talk about shedding! I actually bought a vacuum that had a pic of a husky on it! I figured it had to be the one! It also came with a shedder tool attachment that plugs to the hose and I can just comb it over her hair! Just became a follower of you – hope you will follow me back!

  4. LOL! I know what you mean! One of our dogs sheds like crazy. He has pretty short hair, but he can just walk through a room and we can see hair floating along after him. What a pain!

  5. I feel your pain. I have two longhaired dachshunds who shed constantly. I find their hair everywhere! Last week though I found a groomer who does a de-shedding treatment on them by running this special comb thing through their fur and removing a lot of loose hair. It has only been a week but I swear it worked wonders!

  6. Can you just shave all her hair off and have her wear a sweater to keep warm?

    Just wondering. 🙂

    • Oh, I’ve considered it, but apparently a blue roan cocker spaniel is not common (unless you live here, as half the litter lives in town!) and I think my fellow cocker lovers would have me drawn and quartered.

  7. My Weimaraner shook the other day in just the right light and the amount of dog hair and dander that flew off of him absolutely grossed me out. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I love him too much to worry about it.

    I feel your pain! (and I love your blog name!)

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