I Furminate, do You?

The FURminator has changed my life. Really, it has. So much so that I feel compelled to write about it. And no, the FURminator folks are not compensating me for doing so. Pretty sure they don’t know I exist.

I introduced you to our dog, Annie, in the post Favorite Things-My Life Made Easier. If you recall, I mentioned that Annie makes lots of messes. Eye boogers and thick drool are just the tip of her mess-making repertoire. She is also a first class shedder.

I have never owned a short-haired dog before. All of the dogs I grew up with were of the curly or long hair variety. Buck, my first dog, was a Cockapoo–he didn’t shed. Dusty, who came after Buck, was a Lhasa Apso, again not a shedder. Sid, the dog my husband and I got when we were first married, was a Lhasa-Bee (part Lhasa, part Beagle) and again, not prone to losing his hair. Annie, is an English bulldog, and she sheds like it is her duty to do so.

I noted in that earlier post that we bought the Dyson Animal Vacuum (Dyson’s not giving me anything either) to help us do battle with Annie’s leftovers. And it helps. I just got really tired of vacuuming every day (I am anal like that). So, when I read that a pug owner was having success eliminating dander and stray hair with the FURminator, I was on it!

We’ve (well, me, because I am the only one I will allow to have the pleasure of furminating the dog) been raking Annie with the FURminator for close to a month now and the difference is huge! Not only do I not have to vacuum every day, I don’t have to vacuum every three or four days! And Annie can now sit in my lap (she weighs 72 lbs. so this is not an easy feat on her part) without leaving a puppy’s worth of hair behind when she gets up.

One final bonus, it is really fun to use the word FURminator. I have even made it into a verb. I find myself looking for reasons to tell people about the joys of furminating. At the hairdresser the other day, I brought it up out of the blue! And much to my delight someone else in the salon chimed right in, she knew the power of the FURminator as well. Now you do too.

Do you use the FURminator? Anything else you can recommend to combat shedding?

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16 responses

  1. I have two cats, one of which does tend to shed more than the other, and I am also an unpaid evangelist for the Dyson Animal. Best vacuum made, hands down. I wonder if the furminator might work on felines? I’ve used one of those tiny wire nub type of cat brushes, and while it does seem to pull off clumps of “extraneous” hair, it doesn’t seem to have much impact on what eventually winds up on the couch. Hmmmm, maybe I’ll give this a shot.

  2. Yes, yes, yes!!! I FURminate my cats! Okay to further illustrate my neuroses, I’m allergic to cats, but I have two of them. So, I have a medium-haired one (who doesn’t shed too much) and a short-haired one (who sheds a bunch). But with FURmination (and lots of vacuuming and hand-washing), I can breathe freely and see clearly! The more frequently you use it, the more the cats get used to it (or the less they dislike it, depending on how you look at it).

    Seriously, I would love to have a dog, but I work 12+ hr shifts, which is downright cruel to an indoor dog. One day I will have a normal schedule again. :)

    • That’s really impressive. My son was (maybe still is?) allergic to cat dander and while his symptoms weren’t horrible, not sure I’d get another cat (we had the cat first) knowing about his allergies. Sounds like you are doing just fine (two cats = lots of hair/dander) so maybe he would too.

      Annie, doesn’t mind being furminated. And I have noticed that the more I do it, the less I need to.

  3. Does this thing really, really, really work? I have a black lab that sheds continually, but this sounds too good to be true. I’m almost sold…

    • I think your “friend” needs to figure out if the human in question has what could qualify as an undercoat and/or suffers from excessive dander. If so, by all means “they” should furminate. Or, maybe your “friend” drops hints to the human that they need a good furmination. Might be better to go the indirect route.

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