Thursday, May 22, 2008

Raked

Duncan has never been groomed. Not professionally, anyway. He gets regular baths and a fair share of brushing, but recently I've started pricing groomers and browsing Craigslist for someone who could do it inexpensively without having to kennel him. When I mentioned this to Chelsea at Heroes Pets, she suggested I try the Oster Rake. We'd talked brushes once before, but because her store doesn't carry The Furminator I thought she didn't know a brush from a blender and didn't pay much attention to her. But when she opened up a Rake and let me take it home to try it out, I was forced, once again, to admit that when it comes to pets and all that comes with them, Chelsea knows best. The rake was the most amazing brush I've ever used! With only six or seven very light passes over Duncan's back I pulled up more undercoat hair than I would've had I spent an hour using my rinky-dink and suddenly inadequate Furminator. And as if to sweeten the deal, Duncan sat calmly while I brushed him. There was no chasing him around the apartment or sitting and trying to brush him while he attempts to lick my hand. I didn't even have to crack open his treats as a bribe. He merely sat, and at one point even seemed to doze off. Granted, The Rake is a pricey little number ($42.99) but maybe Santa will be nice next year and stick one in Duncan's stocking if he's good and promises to only look at the bunnies. I must have one. And so must you. It is simply the most amazing brush I've ever used. Now if only Oster had something that made giving baths easier!
*This clump is the result of seven trips across his shoulders alone. How many dogs is he hiding in there?

10 comments:

Traci said...

I just recently got The Furminator. That thing is AMAZING! I love it.

Greg said...

Cool, thanks for the tip.

As for something to make bath time easier--aren't you adorable in your hope.

Hope you and Duncan enjoy the long weekend!

Lori said...

If you find someone to blend the "brushings" with some wool and spin it, you could finance the Rake by selling golden-yarn!

Anonymous said...

Ho ho ho...

caboval said...

WOW He is so handsome!

Chris & Mackenzie said...

So who is the 2nd dog in the lower right? :)

Wags - Chris & Mackenzie

Charlie said...

Duncan is SO like Charlie! I'd consider a rake just to get him to lie still while being brushed ;)

Ruby Red Dog said...

Lori's right. It should definitely be spun into yarn, but not for selling. Have someone knit you a precious keepsake (I'm assuming you don't knit, otherwise you would have thought of this already!). My mum has been saving my fur for ages so she can knit it into something beautiful that will always remind her of me.

Curt Rogers said...

Actually, I do knit. So far I've been giving the fur to the birds in the park and down at The Glen to use for their nests, but I may have to consider having a friend spin me some yarn so I can make a little something. Great idea, thanks!

CJ said...

Thanks for the heads up Curt. Duncan has to feel better afterwards whether he'll admit it or not. I'm not sure if I have seen this brand but I have seen similar at Target but never got one thinking they were for more short hair dogs. But I will have to check this out. Thanks!
I pay $40 each per visit for my dogs for grooming. My golden Lucy is the more difficult compared to my lab. According to my niece that works at the independent pet store.That is clipping nails,the hair on the paws,shaving the small belly area, and a trim of the skirt, and ofcourse the bath. Many people here have their dogs trimmed short because of the heat but I do not.