Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You have a way with excess fur

Over the weekend I had the honor of grooming Chloe, a slightly anxious, sweet-tempered senior husky mix. 

Chloe lives with Ceiba the dingo-like 3-legged dog, Hari the spirited Border collie mix, and Moth the cat, also known as Cesar Millan because of his old-school, dominance-oriented approach to dog training.

I do try to maintain some semblance of professionalism in my dealings with dogs who are not my own--at least, to a greater extent than some others I could mention--but these dogs did not escape without some serious kisses. 
Cesar Millan, I left alone.

Then it was on to the grooming. Chloe is not a huge fan of being handled, and is a bit unsteady on her paws due to a neurological issue, so I spent some time just talking to her and massaging her ears. 

Then we got serious. Chloe is one of those amazing dogs who just billows forth vast plumes of excess fur. With a healthy dose of hot dogs, her mom and I were able to convince her that it would be in everyone's best interest if she stayed in one spot while I went at them.

My ally in making this a 2.5 hour, rather than a 7-hour endeavor was indubitably the Furminator, but I added a bit of sugar with the Zoom Groom.

Much as I love my golden doodles and bichons, there is something uniquely satisfying about the huskies, the collies, the Belgian sheepdogs, the long-haired dogs in all their shed-tastic splendor. 

As you work on them with your deshedding tool of choice, you have a steadily growing pile of dog hair to show for your labors, and a correspondingly dwindling dog.

Everyone is left with a proud trophy of your experience together.

Thanks Chloe, hope you had as much fun as I did!


  1. Wow that is alot of hair but I bet she feels so much better, I love the pictures of the mound of hair!!

  2. I never thought I'd meet a dog that shed as badly as Rufus. That is a monster lot of fur. Good job Kirsten!

  3. All that hair just overwhelms me! Haha, but you do a great job and I can see how it would be satisfying!

  4. Wow that's a really good brushing Kirsten. Chloe looks so much better. Smooth, sleek and well groomed. We have to go every 5 weeks or else the shelties would be shedding all over the house. I'd rather we didn't go as often.

  5. Can a dog really shed this volume of hait?!
    Good job you did indeed

  6. Chloe looks like a sweet girl!

    Hey, you could gather the Chloe-fur and see if anybody will spin it into yard! I've heard about people making sweaters from their dogs' shed fur.

  7. Wow that is a lot of fur. I mean wow. You did a great job!

  8. Chloe has a Most Wonderful face and I am very much impressed with all her furs! My brindle furs are awfully short. I wonder if Chloe would let me have her furs to knit myself a sweater?

    Wiggles & Wags,

  9. you could make apillow.
    Benny & Lily

  10. Oh, she must feel so much better! That is like a whole other dog!

  11. Chloe, you are utterly gorgeous, with and without your extra fur.
    Yep, all that fur is reinforcement for the work you all did :).
    I'm enduring a shed-a-thon with Snowman, young Great Pyrenees - he looks like he's losing weight but it's just fur!


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