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Cleaning House With Pets That Shed

Do you have a pet or more than one pet that sheds in your home?

Does the hair build up on upholstery or carpets?

If so, it can be very difficult to keep hair off of furniture, off of clothes, and especially off of area rugs. I love my pets more than anyone could possibly love their animals, but to be honest I do not love their hair. To top it all, I have three dogs—all serious shedders.

Fortunately, we have a leather couch that is tan and doesn’t show our dog’s hair because they all have white and tan hair. Also, it is easy to wipe off and clean. Another plus that makes our home easy to clean with dogs, is the light colored hardwood floor throughout our home. Since it is light colored, it helps not show every strand but it still gets there. It is a constant task keeping the floors swept and keeping other items in the house wiped down to make sure we don’t have their shedding hair on everything. My biggest challenge is keeping hair from building up on the large area rug that we have in our living room. I try to vacuum daily but still can’t keep it from building up. I first thought it was my vacuum, but then realized that even the “pet friendly” vacuums can only do so much to the amount of shedding that goes on with 3 dogs. I started looking for a solution and I found one that is inexpensive, easy to use and really works!

There are multiple types of Pet Hair Rakes for carpets but I chose one in the middle price range (really the lower end price range), because I was a little unsure of the durability and what the success would be. I looked around for one with decent reviews and durability guarantee when I chose this one, Adjustable Long Handle Metal Pet Hair Remover from Amazon.
It shipped out quickly and arrived within 2 days.

The first time I used it, I was in awe of how much hair had built up in just one small corner of my area rug.

In the picture above, I hadn’t vacuumed just one day and it even pulled more than just the dog hair. Each time I use it, it also rakes out dirt and other debris.

I have been using this rake on everything, from small and large rugs in my house, to upholstery and carpets in my car. I love how easy it is to use, and how well it works. I have taken off the extension to use in smaller spaces ( like the car) and it still works comfortably that way. I am so happy to have found this item!

Wink’s Story

One day, about 10 years ago, I was busy with the duties of being a stay at home mom to 3 children under 10 when I received a phone call from my husband who was at work. He began to describe a pit puppy that was in need of his forever home and proceeded to send me pictures of this resilient little guy who had already been through so much at just 11 weeks old.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical since we had decided to wait to find our forever family dog until our children were a little older and I was a little less overwhelmed with the jobs of fully potty training and learning to read (since we homeschool). Another reason I was skeptical is because of the breed that he was and for my ignorance towards the truth about pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds. Needless to say, I still have always had such a deep love for dogs that I did want to hear more about him and agreed to meet him in person.

That evening, when my husband arrived home from work we set out to meet the newest member of our family. It was there at our friend’s house (who happens to be the veterinarian that saved Wink) that we fell in love with this little guy who would only be able to see the world with his big heart and one eye.

Once we entered the house to meet him, he approached us to play and shared cuddles with all of the children. While we sat there we began to hear the story of what brought Wink to the vet’s office to begin with and couldn’t help but feel great pity for this little guy.

At just 5-6 weeks of age, Wink was put into an outdoor pin with what we presume was his mother, siblings and other grown dogs that were kept at this residence. At some point he was attacked by another, much larger dog who bit his eye that was left to get further infected. A family member at this residence took him to the veterinarian’s office where they surrendered him for care with the hopes that he would survive even if they couldn’t take on the bills and care that he would need. She gladly accepted him, knowing that it would be a challenging task. After needing to provide him with a complete eye-removal surgery and also lots of antibiotics and other medicines, Wink was a survivor. Since the vet owned several other dogs, cats and other pets, she felt it best to find him another home where he could be the baby, receiving lots of cuddles and love.

Once I saw the picture of Wink, I pretty much knew he would be ours. There was an immediate bond with him that was only strengthened upon meeting him in person. He immediately attached to my children and has been their friend, companion, therapist, and protector for a little more than 10 years. My perception on Pit Bulls has forever been changed by the affection of this now big guy. He has placed his paw print on my heart and I am forever grateful to our veterinarian friend who said yes to saving his life!

Traveling When You Own A Dog

Having a dog is a big responsibility, but one that is definitely worth experiencing. Once you have a dog, you must consider them just like you would another member of your family when making decisions like staying overnight away or planning a family vacation. A pet owner has to decide if they will need a pet-sitter, a boarding facility reservation, or if they will be able to take their pet with them on a trip.

If traveling for work, it is not always reasonable to take a pet with you. In this situation I have personally used different boarding facilities and have also opted for having a sitter come care for my dog at home. I will say, this is not my preferred option. I like traveling with my pets and here is the reasons why;

  1. Boarding Facilities
    I have had to use these on multiple occasions and it’s the same situation every time. My dog(s) have cried at drop off and tried to leave with me. I cry because I worry for them and am going to miss them. No matter how nice the facilities are, I know my dog spends most of the time in a “cage” with little interaction and none of my dogs are used to this. Another reason, I do not like to board them is because on more than one occasion (even though they are up-to-date on all vaccines), I have picked up my dogs and one or both of them have been sick with digestive illnesses. It could be due to nerves but also makes me wonder about sharing germs just like when a child begins daycare or school. Even though it is not my preferred method of care, sometimes you do what you have to do. There is not always an option to have someone care for your dog at theirs or your home, so a boarding facility is a means of care for a temporary amount of time.
  2. Pet Sitter
    Having a sitter come to care for your dog in your own home while you have to be away is the best case if you can’t take your dog with you. They don’t have to establish a new environment, and they get to enjoy all of the comforts of being in their own home. This limit’s your pets stress since they are probably going to be a little confused with you being away. Keeping everything else as normal as possible is good for your dog or pets. While I like the option of having a sitter come to my home best, some sitters offer care inside their own homes. I think this is a good alternative if you can’t have someone come to you. This way at least you know the sitter will be around more often than in a boarding facility. They often will have good schedules for spending time outside and with direct attention too. It’s always important to find out about other dogs that may be staying there or other pets in the home. For some less-socialized animals, having other pets in the home that is already new can be a problem.
  3. Traveling With Your Pet
    While it takes a little extra planning and packing, my first choice above all is traveling with my pets. With so many pet-friendly resources available nationwide, traveling with your pets has never been easier. When we go on vacations, I like to find pet-friendly homes through booking services like VRBO or Expedia. Housing accommodations like these are the most comfortable for everyone and has plenty of space for your doggy essentials inside and out. They usually are equipped with walking space outdoors, and are not attached to other homes so that your dog making the occasional bark won’t be a bother to others. If you do end up needing to stay in a hotel, there are many convenient pet-friendly options available for this too. Some pet-friendly hotels even offer welcome packages with food, treats, and a convenient doggy-park for walking and relieving. Check out my favorite pet-friendly hotels here.

If you are needing or wanting to travel and own a dog, no matter which option you choose for pet care, there is a strong possibility that you will need to pay. Unless you have a family member who just loves your pet, you probably will have to pay either boarding fees, sitting fees, or a pet deposit where you stay with your dog. Checking out all of the costs involved before making a decision can be helpful. Even though I prefer to travel with my dogs rather than leave them behind, I have found that this is usually the most economical option available. Another point of concern for traveling while owning pets is to make sure they are up-to-date on all vaccines. Having this proof of this information will be the case no matter which option you choose. Boarding facilities, reputable sitters and housing accommodations all require this when booking.

Homemade Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

All three of my dogs love treats, well really, what dog doesn’t love dog treats?

I like being able to provide top quality whole food ingredients to my dogs but have found that high-quality treats found in stores aren’t always inexpensive (especially for 3 dogs like I have). After doing some research, I have found that with a few simple ingredients, healthy dog treats are super easy and cheap to make, not to mention that most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

When researching for how to make homemade treats for my dog I found many recipes available. Since it was November when I began to look, I chose this particular recipe because the canned pumpkin was on sale at local grocery stores along with several money back options through Fetch and Ibotta. Also, the pumpkin adds a variety of health benefits to these treats by providing vitamins A, C and E and minerals such as potassium and iron. The fiber content in pumpkin is thought to aid in digestion too. One more reason I chose this recipe is because I was intrigued and curious to know if my dogs would like pumpkin since I had never given it to them before.

After deciding on the recipe, I did tweak it a bit to suit the needs of my dogs and pantry. Since I am primarily gluten-free, I did not have and regular flour and decided to make it by grinding oats like I would for my own flour and mixing a bit of coconut flour for thickener when rolling out the dough.

Check out the recipe for Oat/Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats here:

Oat Flour Banana Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

What you will need:

1 Ripe Banana
1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
1 Egg
2 1/2 Cups Oat Flour
1 T Coconut Flour (and a few dashes when rolling out dough)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash banana in bowl.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin and 1 egg then stir to combine.
  4. Add oat flour slowly and mix until dough is formed.
  5. Roll out dough to desired thickness ( I rolled out to form what I would normally roll to make cookies for myself) and cut using cookie cutters of choice. After all is cut, re-roll to use up as much dough as possible.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Let treats cool and store in air tight container for freshness