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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!