Endless Grey

I fully expect to be heckled mercilessly by those who live with longer-haired breeds, like shepherds, huskies, and retrievers. Shiva is a short-haired dog and only has a single coat. Her fur doesn’t mat, mud slides right off her back, and if we go a month (or two, or three) without brushing her, no one can tell.

Nonetheless. If all this is true, why – oh why – is there always fur on my floor? Everywhere I look is a sea of endless grey. I can sweep the same square foot for ten straight minutes and I still won’t get every last strand of Shiva-hair. I swear it hides, popping out as soon as I put the broom away. It’s shifty, the fur of the Sheevs. Perhaps it’s in cahoots with the cat.

Don’t even get me started on his shedding habits!

The above may not seem like a lot of hair to you, but I assure you, it was like there was another animal laying in the grass. After just a few minutes of brushing, it feels like I have removed every piece of fur from her body. And yet it keeps coming off. I don’t understand how a dog her size can have so much extra hair! It just seems physically impossible.

If she wasn’t so nervous of the vacuum, I would be seriously tempted to just take the hose to her, suck it up at the source. Though I doubt it would be worth the effort.

The time of year is irrelevant as well. Shiva is a daily shedder. Summer, winter, it doesn’t matter. The same amount of fur floats to the ground every time she shakes. There is no relief in sight.

At least Shiva seems to enjoy being brushed. She never shies away from whatever tool I try. It must be itchy, though she doesn’t scratch any more than other dogs. I guess she’s used to it.

It’s nothing to her if our couch is covered in slippery grey hairs, resistant to vacuums and Schtickies alike. The only way to remove it from furniture is to pick it up by hand, one by one. Which is why my pants are always covered in grey.

Ah well. What can you do? For the most part it doesn’t bother me. I can deal with the fur on the carpet, floor, and every other surface of my home. It’s when I find it on a plate in the cupboard or suspiciously located in the back of the fridge that my eyebrow raises. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

She’s very lucky she’s so cute.

22 thoughts on “Endless Grey

  1. We just recently pondered the same thing with Monty. Before he came, we had a relatively floof free house. Now there is so much hair that I found myself using the hose extension on our vacuum to vacuum the vacuum! Our question is, why is he not bald at this point? BOL!

    Sam

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  2. Ha Ha! That is a lot of hair for a short haired dog of her size. 🙂 Yeah, I’ve always wondered how the hair gets inside the cabinets too. My advice – make your entire wardrobe gray. 🙂

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  3. Our yellow lab with his short hair shed so much more than longhaired Kelly. Now it will be a race between Kelly and Brooks to shed the most. I only mind it when it’s on my clothes and I’m going somewhere nice!

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  4. I think it’s because of the weather. Even my dog does falling hair too! And I did the same thing, I did cut her hair because fur is all over the house. And it’s not good to our health, especially my child who has allergy.

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  5. Hi Kristine, we can sympathize – over here, there’s black fur everywhere (there’s 4 of us). Vacuuming reduces the amount that’s actually on the carpets but there’s always more, way more. We understand. And yes, we’re all cute too.

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  6. I’m with you… Shayne sheds like a beast ALL the time. She’s got moderately short fur (a smidge longer than Shiva’s) but goodness does she shed. I can get a pile like that off of her every day it seems. I too am lucky that she likeds to be brushed. Rio sheds but he doesnt’ really have an under coat (except on his hip points) so the furminator doesn’t work on him so we use a curry brush to just loosen the top coat periodically.

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  7. We have the same problem and like you have come to the conclusion that dog hair will just be there. But I do admit it skeeves me out when I find hair in the food. I try really hard to be sanitary in the kitchen, I wonder how those hairs get there?

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  8. Oh my yes – those darn tumbleweed balls of fur that waft across the floor despite all the cleaning… Blueberry is also short coated and often, I’ll brush her and nothing much gets on the comb or brush but then why oh why is there still so much shedding? I give her quality food and supplements to help with her coat and skin quality. I used to have a Golden Retriever mix with a pretty thick coat and he didn’t shed nearly as much as the short-coated dogs I’ve had. I think it’s just part of life with a dog. Although I agree, it’s also a good thing Blueberry is also so cute.

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  9. Oly is the same way. With fur that short you’d think it wouldn’t be as bad as Stella with her longer fur, and yet it’s Oly’s fur that is EVERYWHERE. Even with a de-shedding brush it never seems to end. Eventually I just give up out of boredom and shear horror.

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  10. My Poodles don’t shed, but they need to be brushed and groomed regularly so it is a trade off. The dogs and cat seem to grow hair even as I am brushing them. I can relate to your hairy problem. You probably coordinate your furniture color to Shiva?

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  11. Maggie and Duke have short coats, but they shed what seems like 2″ long straight white hairs all over the place. My mom says she can always tell where they were sitting when we visit, oops.

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  12. Shedding is a miraculous thing – I have no idea where all the hair comes from, either. Ty and Buster are both double coated and also shed year round. In such a small space we’d quickly be swimming in fur if I didn’t sweep every day. The worst place I’ve ever found a dog hair though, was inside the medicine cabinet on my toothbrush. Yuck!

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  13. You know I had a King Shedder in Rufus. But surprisingly, it was really bad only twice a year. Jordan the short haired pigdog was a constant shedder. I think it was the lab in him. Georgia NEVER gets brushed. She’s apparently been genetically modified to self groom. She still sheds though. That bundle of Shiva grey looks like undercoat! but she doesn’t have that?

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  14. I hope that Shiva will not be afraid of the vacuum cleaner. It will save you a lot of time in getting those fur.

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  15. Ha-ha, shedding. Don’t even get me started.
    Honestly though, my Beagle is blowing coat right now and it is worse than the Newfs. I’d rather have Newf hair on my couch then Beagle hair!

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  16. Funny, I was just talking to my friend this morning about shedding.

    Our last pup was the same as Shiva, if not worse. Every day I could have swept up enough hair to build a Pomeranian. (If I’d swept every day…) With our current pup, Rita, she’s so much easier! She recently blew out her coat (a phrase I never understood until she came to live with us and suddenly started exploding hair in all directions), but since then it’s been awesome! Sure, she still sheds, but it’s NOTHING compared to what we are used to. She’s like a little miracle. (And she sleeps in too! We are doubly blessed!!)

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  17. I am SO with you on this! I’m always chastising Desmond for leaving a coating of fur on every surface in my house. I’m like, dude, you’re not that big and you barely have any hair–parts of his underside are practically hairless–so how the hell is all of my stuff just covered in your stupid fur? Everything. Always. And I have the same problem with finding it in places it simply should not be, like IN my chapstick. WTF? What is this dog doing while I’m not home? I’m now convinced he’s having wild parties and going through all my things.

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  18. I am just catching up. With the weather being so strange this year, we have had constant shedding too, (normally it is twice a year). Or maybe it is because we have three dogs? No that can’t be it…lol.

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