Fur-stratingPosted: January 4, 2013
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!!