Hair of the dog.

Anyone who has a pet will appreciate the problems of their fur getting everywhere, especially where you don’t want it.
Those of us in the 49% Club (allowing our pet to sleep on our bed) no doubt get a face full and fed up of brushing it off the bedding. Even if you supply a blanket on top of yours for your four legged friend, this is usually ignored in favour of your pillow, duvet, or even your head.
pup in bed 1
Maggie never used to moult, in fact she never seemed to get a Winter coat until we moved to Lincolnshire in 2007 and had snow in April 2008. Since then, she hasn’t stopped.
Hubby or I can brush her and get handfuls of soft down out, then she stands up, shakes herself and we have a mini ‘black snowstorm’ of fur and are right back where we started.

Years ago, we purchased a Magic Clothes Brush for the princely sum of £1. It was brilliant for picking up the fur, and by either rotating the head with the lever or brushing the other way, the offending hairs would come off en masse.
clothes brushThe handle broke a few months before we moved out of the house, and the replacement we purchased shortly after buying the boat was too shallow, the ‘pick up’ bit being lower than the surrounding plastic head in which it was set.
I saw some Magic Brushes before Christmas and meant to get one, but either didn’t have my purse on me when I saw them or forgot to look next time we were shopping.
I could order one from the internet but P&P is more expensive than the actual article!

We’re all familiar with these though, and we could pick up a dual pack for just under £2.
lint rollerWith something like 50 metres of sticky tape/paper per roller, they would do the job, but we would be cutting off the used bit every five minutes and couldn’t see it lasting all that long with her ladyship shedding left, right and centre 24/7.

In the house, we hoovered every day, so it wasn’t so much of a problem as it is here.
We have less space but the same dog, so fur accumulates in thicker layers throughout the boat, and although our little dustpan and brush does the job of cleaning the floor every day, getting it off the furniture has become a frustrating and never-ending chore.

Short of shaving the dog (never!) Hubby was almost at his wit’s end yesterday, and when in town, we specifically looked for a Magic Brush. It would appear that shops on the High Street don’t sell them anymore, and believe me, we went in LOADS!

An understanding shop assistant who herself has a dog and understood our dilemma, recommended a particular product and as with anything we find that works for something specific, I am passing it on.
gel clothes rollerLet me introduce you to The Gel Roller aka Stick Buddy (or similar name).
The packaging boasts it being forever sticky, and in the pack we bought, we got the dinky little baby one for a purse or pocket. Looking for an image for this post, it would appear you can have yellow, blue, red or green (like ours) depending on the distributor/brand.
OK, it’s not cheap by our standards at almost £7, but, as soon as it loses it’s stickiness being covered with fluff (or in our case dog fur), you just rinse it in lukewarm water and everything falls away, with the stickiness restored!
It really works, and storage is in a nifty and tidy little plastic cylindrical container.

We will never be completely dog fur free, but this little gem (or should I say gel) is worth the money and gave Hubby several hours of pure pleasurable enjoyment as he rolled and rinsed his frustrations away (it doesn’t take a lot to make him happy) !
doggie smile

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Hair of the dog.

  1. scifihammy says:

    Sounds a good idea 🙂 I have given up on dog hair! – choosing Not to wear black when with the white dog etc!

  2. colinandray says:

    We have one of those rinse and re-use sticky rollers and, with Shepherd/Rotti fur (aka Ray!) it is quite good (note the reservation)! For a really clean job though (on carpet, mats etc) we use a Furminator. It’s a grooming tool and a very efficient one at that (future Post coming on it). 🙂 Other than that, it would seem that fur “comes with the dog” just as noise and sloppy habits come with teens.

  3. Ooh, that looks good! I could use something better to clean up after Choppy!

  4. amelleablelife says:

    Wow! We definitely need one in this house! We go through TONS of those sticky tape rollers, and a better solution is much needed! I’ll be keeping an eye out for them!

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