Saturday, August 13, 2011

Just Blowing (Fur) in the Wind...

"Is that all my fur???"
Calling all fellow Sibe (and furry canine) owners! Let us join together to celebrate...the continuing shedding season! Oh, yes, we are a hu-parenthood of folks who prepare for this twice a year by getting out the groomer's phone number and/or your own grooming tools: the pet blow dryer, the combs, brushes, and rakes, the special de-shedding shampoos, and my main weapon of choice - the ever-needed, ever-fabulous pet fur & lint rollers I am always armed with for their constant fur deposits to our clothes and furniture!

As a hu-parenthood, we are all familiar with terms such as "fur tumbleweeds," "finger-plucking or finger-raking," "Don't shake!" and the ever-popular, "Get me the lint roller!" Even after a (constant) clean sweep of the house and deck, a simple stroll into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee leaves swirling mists of fur kissing my bare feet, as rolling white tumbleweeds gently make their way across the floor. Flip the ceiling fan on, and Hello! Sibe fur swirls all around my face, eagerly greeting me for the day. Step out onto the (their) deck, and the fur gets really excited, clammering for human attention as it swirls about my every movement, floating through the air giving the effect of light snow, hence the phrase I use a lot, "snow furries." Some of the fur on the deck floor even hurriedly clusters into huge masses, like gangs of hu-fans at a rock concert.You know what I'm talking about! 

And just in case you are new to this wonderful (if not furry) world of the Siberian Husky, here for your viewing pleasure, is a little slideshow with just a little sample what shedding season is like! Popcorn anyone? Oh wait, is that fur in the bowl???

It seems as though this summer season is taking a toll on their shedding. They are shedding more and longer it seems, most likely from all the extremely hot days when they were basking in the A/C; guess the cooler temps faked the fur into thinking it was needed! And even before the last bits of undercoat will be shimmied out through their finer top coats, their new winter coats begin to grow. It's a timeless cycle Sibe owners learn to embrace. Which I do. So, here I stroll through the swirling mists of fur and smile as I sip my coffee and reach down to greet my five beautiful, happy faces and engage in some human chit-chat and Husky woos.

Then I begin the several-times daily routine of grooming and plucking and sweeping and sweeping and sweeping. All the while thinking about the different things to do with their fur. I am packaging up their sheds and will be sending it off for a recycled use. What will that use be? You'll have to read a later post for that! ;-)

"Where are woo sending my fur???"

Shedding's a beautiful thing.


  1. Ah, yes, the never ending battle! There always seems to be a white "blizzard" brewing around the house and yard. (sigh) It was one thing when we just had two dogs, but as you know, adding four more to mix, HOLY COW!! I think I should have vacuum vents in the floor to constantly suck all the loose hair!! Hey, wait a minute...that's a pretty good idea!! Maybe we should work together on that one. :)

    Have a Happy Furry, Fluffy Day!!

  2. I will not complain about the cats never-ending pile of cat hair today. You just cured me --- for the day, anyway :)

  3. 1 shedding Puggle is more than I can handle, I can't imagine the shedding of a passle of shedding Sibes. Our groomed collects up all of our spare dog hair and sends it off for re-purposing too. Such a great use!

  4. Have y'all seen the youtube video "There's Dog Hair in Everything I Do"? Mom says it's our theme song! BOL!!!

    Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

  5. That's some thick fur! Amazing!

  6. Looking good Sibes! You might be able to collect enough fur to make a whole new dog. :) Have a great weekend!!

  7. With Tsar, who is half Sibe, shedding season seems to be year round. Only the coldest days of winter are exempt. I know that tumbleweed feeling in the kitchen, only mine is black.

  8. Tell us about it - this has been the worst summer here for shedding. Mainly Thunder and Ciara. Thunder is on at least round three of major blowing of his coat. Is that a rake you use or a furminator? Mom doesn't like the furminator because she thinks it breaks all our furs.

    We are finally having some lower temps - like in the 90s:) But it sure feels better than before.

    Happy Furs.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  9. Wow, must be some cool things to do with all that fur. Mom used to collect mine, the cats and some of her own and mix it with raw sheep wool and needle felt with it!

  10. That is a lot of fur! Very impressive and such a lot of work too! I cannot imagine. That puts PeeWee's little tumbleweeds to shame.


  11. Great video!!! We have fur blowing too and it's going everywhere!!! Mom has to take me to the groomers because she can't do me herself!! I hope they don't put those silly bows in my ears again...that hurt!! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

  12. YEP.. Now you COULD just tell everybuddy that your sold your HOUSE and now live in the SHED... BaaaaaWaaaaaah I crack myself up sometimes.

  13. Woof! Woof! Golden Hello! Passing by to say Lots of Golden Thanks for your Barkday Wishes. I had a PAWSOME 10th Barkday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    I got a good cut n bath before my Barkday so no shed comb for me this weekend. Golden Woofs

  14. Love the video. We SO know what you are going through.:)

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  15. With a Herd of shedders, we have about given up on getting ahead and just trying to keep the floating fur below health hazard level.

  16. Fur! Fur! Fur! Fabulous fur! Our gift to mankind!
    We do our part.

    jack & moo

    ~note from mom: we are also going through mega-shedding this year, I think its the exceptionally high heat (no a/c here). STill, I can't get over how much fur 2 huskies can shed!

  17. Our woofies are shedding like crazy too. Mom says there are little tumbleweeds of Clifford everywhere!!

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  18. LOL the video it too funny. The 2 brown dawgs have also been shedding and shedding this summer. It does seem that they are still shedding even as they are starting to get their wither coats. That is not the norm for our dogs.

  19. The White Dog Army's fur turns momma's beloved cranberry persian carpet into white shag. And how DID a long white fur find its way into the sealed sandwich in a baggie? With five American Eskimoes it is like snow blindness in our in a blizzard of shed fur. We so understand.