As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently blowing my winter coat. On the one paw this is great because my fur is EVERYWHERE and our red hallway carpet is now Misaki-coloured:-)

But the downside is that it’s a bit itchy and uncomfortable.

This is the first time I’ve blown my coat, so it’s been an interesting experience for us all. Mummy and daddy had read about it before they got me and watched some youtube videos, but until it actually started to happen, they didn’t quite appreciate how MUCH fur I would loose.

It’s funny because around August/September time when my winter coat started to really grow in, lots of people commented that I had ‘filled out’. Mummy and daddy kept trying to explain that it was my coat more than anything but no one believed them. Now I’m loosing it, everyone thinks I’ve lost weight. Typical!

Clowie has some excellent information on her bloggy about ‘blowing coat’. But just to quickly explain, we mallies, like other dogs bred to live in cold climates, have double coats. This consists of a woolly undercoat and longer guard hairs. Roughly twice a year (unless you are Clowie!) we ‘blow’ the undercoat so that it sheds completely. This can last up to three weeks from start to finish. The good news is that this does only happen once or twice a year. The remainder of the time, we are relatively shed free. But it does depend on the climate.

The other day, Jet‘s mummy wrote a great post about having dogs, and said that vacuum cleaners and lint rollers were invented to pick up dog fur. Right now, Mummy couldn’t agree with this more! I’m not so pleased about that though as I think the Misaki-coloured carpet looks great!!

taking a break from being brushed yet again!

taking a break from another brushing session


72 Comments on “Fur-strating”

  1. cat says:

    Oh I’d luff to touch yooz fluffy furs. my own furs is boring tho it sheds like constantly and every time someone touches me I look a mess no matter how much I get brushed before. *sigh* Hope you stop itching soon mate (is that a furminater brush? I have a similar but much cheaper model myself)

  2. Dalton says:

    I agree everything should be Misaki coloured!!

  3. I’ll never forget the first time it happened to Beary. I knew he was going to blow his coat, but I wasn’t prepared for the extent of it – I thought he had cancer or something 😦 Some days I would brush him and the pile of hair that came out was almost as big as his. Bella used to get very concerned! I now joke that there’s so much fur in our house we could have build a puppy workshops πŸ™‚

  4. Hope your not going to turn into one of those Chinese Crested dogs..BOL πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. Poor things! Hope it’s over soon for everyone’s sake πŸ˜‰

  6. Misaki the whole house we say. Actually I got ferminated the other day and the peeps pulled our loads of my furs. Not on. My furs & I should be allowed to keep them. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Misaki colouring is beautiful πŸ˜‰ just saying humans x

  8. kate says:

    Hope your itchies get better, shedding season for Norbert is really extreme too hair everywhere. Its the price you pay to look gorgeous Happy new year

    urban hounds

  9. Next time your parents complain about hair all over the place, remind them of me. I shed ALL YEAR LONG!! Mom owns every product ever invented to clean dog hair, and she says she has too many black clothes to have a white dog. She is slowly changing her wardrobe and now wants to know how she can buy up stock in Swiffer Dusters….

    Love and licks,

  10. Oh its the blowing of the coat.Look at all that fur! Poe must have that as well.Ashe has a undercoat and a top coat, so 2 coats (thanks to his pomeranian side) I never knew this, but it all makes sense now!I knew dogs with two coats shed more of course but didn’t know this occurred as well, good to know!

  11. catchatcaren says:

    We go through A LOT of shedding with Dakota and then we have Cody too…double the fur but to us, it’s worth it!

  12. scienerf says:

    Bol with the weather being so strange this year my mum has been tearing her fur out with the confusion my coat is showing! Tell your mum to comb the carpet…vacuums never seem to pick up all mine and I don’t like the noise anyway πŸ˜›

  13. Wow Misaki! There’s enough fur there to make another Misaki! My Mom can’t get all my hair off our red carpet either with the vacuum monster. She tries but it just doesn’t work…..I like leaving my mark EVERYWHERE! Tee Hee

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  14. Aww Misaki you are the coolest dog ever! Even if you do she’d like a crazy person! (: I hop everything gets better soon in that house of yours! ~ nerdwithtaste.wordpress.com

  15. Emmadog says:

    My sister sheds 24/7/365, does not blow her coat but the breed is known for being huge shedders. Mom had a husky that used to do the coat blowing thing. Fur is just a part of our lives so we deal with it. Nothing is the same without some fur on it mom always says!

  16. My staff said that they remember about the times with the Huskies as they had the “Mount Furry” in the house after brushing. But for me a Miskai-Carpet looks very comfy ;o) Maybe your mom could knit a nice Misaki-Sweater?

  17. Cat Forsley says:

    Misaki ……You are such a beauty πŸ™‚ xxx tons of love xx Cat

  18. have you considered shaving? or waxing?
    I’m so glad Doggy doesn’t shed.
    I hope the itchiness passes soon, although I’m kinda hurt, you saw people attacking me on a blog of three cats and said nothing, you, Easy and Mollie, not nice, not nice.

  19. Lynn Delage says:

    I have a Lhasa Apso who seems to shed all year round. I sweep up the biggest clumps of fuzz but he never seems to have any less hair. LOL

  20. catfromhell says:

    Has your Mommy tried vacuuming yous? My hairy slobbery sister Sam used to blow her coat and Mommy would take the soft brush tool to her and she LOVED it! Then she would get brushed. Mommy always said she gots enough fur off Sam to makes a new dog!

    • I’m just about OK with the hoover, but I don’t like it to come too close and really not sure about being hoovered!! But I saw a video on RA Husky’s blog of him being hoovered and he seemed to enjoy it too…

  21. Now that we are some place warmer. I expect Torrey will start blowing her coat too. Last year mom took her to a groomer and she got a haircut and a special treatment to loosen the hair. Seemed to work pretty good. I can shed pretty good too, for being little and not too hairy.

  22. Kyla says:

    My hoomans want to blow their coat so other peeps can ask if They lost a lot of weight.

  23. Paws To Talk says:

    We don’t blow our coats but we will in order to get a bone like the one in the photo. Good luck Misaki!

    Bella and DiDi

  24. speedyrabbit says:

    thats all right speedy is floofing too

  25. My Mom Person would love it if I blew coat twice a year! We Labbies just blow it all the time! It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. I just get a lot of brushing. And the Mom Person vacuums me a lot. I really like that!

  26. Ann Paws says:

    My Shiner doesn’t have long fur so I don’t have this problem too much. Although her short furs are kind of spiky and itchy when they get on furniture or blankets. I used to have 2 shelties and they are very furry! We used to have fur everywhere!

  27. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) says:

    That is some might fine looking Misaki furs. We think all that furs would make a nice bed for you. You must be really good when you get brushed. I won’t let Mumsy brush me but she can run her fingers through my furs all she wants to. Hugs and nose kisses

  28. Hey Misaki, Jet here.

    Thanks for the mention, very kind of you. Thanks for explaining the process to us as well. We shed a good bit twice a year, too, however, we also shed a ton the rest of the year! Uh… Mom has another crazy suggestion… since this is the first time, perhaps you can have a sample of your fur placed in a ziploc bag for memories. Also, believe it or not, there are knitters who spin K9 fur into yarn… and… believe it or not… scientists have found that our gorgeous fur helps clean oil spills…

    • Hey Jet, funnily enough mummy has been saving my furs as my nanny suggested she get them spun into wool – great minds!. But so far she hasn’t found anyone to do it so will have to keep looking.
      Didn’t know that about the oil spills, will have to look into it – thanks!

  29. A Husky Life says:

    Yup, it’s happening….Rocco is losing weight aka blowing his coat!

  30. Nylabluesmum says:

    Hi Misaki~ Sherri-Ellen here…just wanted to say even when ‘blowing’ your coat you are one gorgeous dog!!!! I used to have a Siberian Husky/Shepherd mix who would blow his coat!!! I was not dog savvy at all & thought there was something really wrong with Bogart Sam!!! Took him to the Vet & the yallayed my fears of illness!!!!
    I think the Misaki coated rug is lovely…..lol….I used to keep Bogart Sam’s fur & stuff pillows with it….
    I hope the itching stops soon….is there any sort of dog cream that would help??? (I still don’t know alot about Sibes & Mallies..)
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue (who loves dogs & hates other cats..)

    • Hey Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue! Thanks for stopping by:-)
      Not surprised you were worried, it is pretty extreme!
      The itching is just because of the loose furs, so the more I’m brushed the less I scratch. Hopefully it’s nearly over now:-)

      • Nylabluesmum says:

        Eeeoww Misaki~ Nylablue here…..me iz glad da itchin iz not so itchy!!! Me can’t imagine (VBP) blowin me coat!!!!
        Me doez shed n a few timez it waz pretty bad! Mum had to get a Furminator type brush to sort fingz out. Me hated dat brush!!!!!
        So now Mum brushez me ebery nite befur bed. She gabe dat ucky brush away to one of our fur-endz n me did a *happy dance* I can tell you!!!
        You haz such pretty face markin’s; just like me!!!
        Lub Nylablue….

  31. Nope, we Airedales do gets some shed, butts not that much. Ma had an Old English Sheepdog who would ‘blow her coat’ though. She remembers it well! Furs all overs!
    Ma just saw it as takin’ a little of Panda (that was her name) with her every where she went! Your Moms will get use to it!

  32. spittythekitty says:

    Hey Sweet Girl, But but but…it’s still JANUARY! It’s still COLD!! Don’t you need your extra furs till springtime??? Did Mommy buy you a sweater or something so you don’t FREEZE???

  33. Dianda says:

    You’re losing a lot of hair! You sure you got some hair left in the end? πŸ˜‰

  34. You could make a Misaki puppy doll with all that fur! My mums family have three German Shepherds and she said when they all lose their fur at the same time it’s like a fur all invasion has taken over the WHOLE house! Good work with the carpet! =^.^=

  35. onebluedog says:

    This sounds like quite an ordeal, Misaki! I hope the itchiness will not last too long. It is a very good thing that your mom and dad are helping you shed all those furs. And I bet they secretly like the Misaki colored carpet too πŸ™‚

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