With two big black mutts, Spring means fur… lots of fur. It’s a trade-off. We don’t have to pay to have them groomed, but I do have to spend a significant amount of time with a vacuum in the two big coat blow-outs (one in fall and one in spring).
But there are ways to make it easier. Our favorite, is a good brushing. Chewy.com sent us a couple of products to try this spring, so this weekend the pooches and I spent an hour enjoying some rare sunshine and some spoiling. We always do their brushing outside. It makes for easier clean-up (just let the hair float away, birds love it for nesting material).
The FURminator Dual Brush is right on target price-wise and does the trick beautifully. At this point, their fur is pretty loose, so we don’t need a super intense brush. This is gentle and the dogs adore it, especially Finn. Logan has a hard time sitting still but Finn practically melted into the grass with this brush.
The pin brush side is great for getting that hair loosened up and the bristle brush shines their coats beautifully. It helped also remove dander from dry winter skin and made their coats super glossy.
As a special treat for being patient Chewy.com also sent some Primal Chicken Chips. Finn is a picky eater. He’s pretty so-so on most treats, but he devoured these. He couldn’t get enough.
The waffle pattern makes them easy to tear up for smaller dogs or for sharing. Logan has recently gone on a new diet and medication regime to help with a seizure disorder, and I feel good about these treats in particular since they are made of three simple ingredients, organic chicken, organic honey and sea salt. The price is a little high for an everyday treat, but we plan to keep them around for special days and grooming (they were great from bribery when I had to trim their nails).
A huge thank you to Chewy.com for spoiling our boys. How do you handle shedding season in your home? Please share your favorite tips and tools in the comments.