Ok, so I was at my wits end one day in late spring: this is when the shedding tends to be at its worst. There is dog hair EVERYWHERE! I take them outside twice a day and brush them down and still when they come inside the hair will come off of them by the handful - it's not natural I tell ya. So, I'm vacuuming the house AGAIN, when (lightbulb) I have a brilliant idea. Why not vacuum the dogs???
The more I thought about it, the more logical my plan sounded in my head. The dogs might even learn to love it. It could be just like a little doggie massage. So, with this in mind I moved a chair or two to block off the hallway and shut all the doors leading into the living room (not to keep them from getting away or anything . . . merely for their own safety). I put the little brush attachment on the vacuum hose and I grab Conker first. He takes it like a little champ. You can tell he is not happy about it, but what can he do when I outweigh him by like a million to one. Then I grab Chiquita. She's a little less enthusiastic about it alternating between giving her 'pathetic-why-are-you-doing-this-to-me' eyes and growling and the vacuum hose.
Then I move on to Gumbo who has been keeping a wary eye on me from across the room. (Just some background: while she's our biggest dog her back only comes up to below my knee so she's several inches smaller than the average Lab.) I approach her with the vacuum hose in hand, making soft encouraging noises just like I've seen Jack Hanna do on Animal Planet. Still uttering words of encouragement I flip on the vacuum and make contact with Gumbo's coat. That was it, she snapped! She jumped up and took off! But she had no where to go as I had blocked off all the exits . . . or so I thought. In one majestic leap Gumbo jumps straight up and over the kitchen bar area and bounds away to safety.
I just stood there dumbfounded still holding the vacuum hose . . . I have to say I did NOT see that one coming. At any rate I had to abandon that 'brilliant' plan especially after Gumbo went and hid and wouldn't come out for almost an hour! To this day when I vacuum she very cautiously steers clear of me and my hair-sucking monster.
|Gumbo hiding under the bed from thunder.|