Sunday, August 8, 2010

Suck It Up

The weekend is here, and that of course means housework.  Yuck.  I guess it wouldn't be so bad without two Labs that shed like hair geysers.  I think they go next door and collect our neighbor's Lab Bronco's hair and bring that over too.  It's not as bad if I Furminate them but I've been lazy and it hasn't been done in a while.  So before any indoor cleaning, I did that first.  Now on to the inside hair.  It gets everywhere.  Floor, stairs, sofa, and especially, the dog beds.  Normally I split the downstairs in two and lock the Three Amigos (Ripley, Chase, and Sabrina) on one side while I sweep and steam mop the other.  Then switch.  As I was cleaning the back part of the room, there was a lot of laughing coming from the front half.  A quick inspection finds it's party time in Chase's bed.




Well she can't get hurt, but it's time for a snack so...oh great...she's covered in dog hair.  From her hair to her clothes to the Velcro pads of her sneakers.  Sigh.  First there's a battle (although a laughing one for a change) to get her off the bed, followed by the cleanup.  Her hair is easy enough to brush out, but her clothes are covered.  Now is when I'm faced with some parental choices:

  1. Take her upstairs and completely change her outfit, or

  2. Use the lint roller to clean her off.
Realizing Option 2 gets me back in front of my laptop faster I look for the lint roller.  Of course, I can't find it.  In the meantime, I have to keep stopping to pull her off the bed.  Now I don't want to clean her off to have her just jump back on again, so I decided I should clean the bed first, then the baby.  The hair vacuums off the bed easy enough, so now it's time to go back to searching for the...wait a minute. 

                                                        

Could I?  Gregg's not home he's still at the gym.  It will be years before she can speak enough English to rat me out.  No, who does that?  It wouldn't be right.  Still...

When vacuuming toddlers, the upholstery attachment is the way to go.  It makes them laugh when you slide it across their shirts.  Trying to roll the machine over their stomachs is not recommended and may lead to clogging the machine.  That hair zipped right off, or most of it anyway.  I can't figure out how to get it out of the Velcro on her sneakers, but that's good enough for now.  And for anything left on her, well tonight's bath night anyway.  Or is it...?

17 comments:

Crista said...

I've had thoughts of vacuuming the dogs. I guess the thought would eventually cross my mind to vacuum the kid once we have him/her. Thanks so much for sharing a laugh. I have been enjoying your blog!

Michelle said...

Bahahahaha, i Was vacuuming Kayla today for the laughs and giggles while I was vacuuming the sand out my car. But this blog really made me LOL! You did it seriously! LOL!

Jill said...

Oh goodness Bobby! I am CRACKING UP! You kill me! LOL!

I see Miss Sabrina is wearing a headband...YEAH! Now, maybe she could have a talk with Viv and tell her they are not that bad......

:)

Bellygirls said...

LOL Hilarious!

Tepary said...

You're bloody hilarious. Now, must try that vacuuming trick on my 3.5 year old.

Stacey said...

LOL so funny. We had a Golden Retriever so I know how much fur one dog can generate!

I've vacuumed the pets but not the kids yet. I figured might as well get the fur at the source.

Mike and Mike said...

Our dog Robie, way back when I was still a 20 something, used to LOVE to get vacuumed. AS for our children...you are a far braver man than I...

Shannon said...

LOL, hilarious! :)

Anonymous said...

LOL

BTW, The Furbuster is awesome!

catsandcradles said...

Dude, I would totally vacuum a kid, provided that it didn't seem like it was traumatizing them. And giggles aren't indicative of trauma in my book. It sounds like a perfectly reasonable solution to me. Although perhaps I shouldn't admit that in public...

wildflowers said...

this post was so funny. but how true!

we have a footstool that without a doubt turns from its natural brown color to a furry white one within days of vacuuming it up.

we have four cats : )


i have you on our sidebar link on our adopt blog.

your updates are fun to see.

Crafty Nester said...

Funny! seems logical really :)

Cupcake said...

Too funny, but hey whatever works!

Your labs are beautiful! Love the photo of the yellow one staring at Sabrina on the bed. He must think she's a little puppy! His nails are so long too, does that interfere with his walking at all?

wildflowers said...

i know i already commented here days ago:) but....i have a question , i see you have a fair amount of followers on your blog here. i started our adopt blog months ago, and well, still only have 2 followers. how do you get others to follow your blog via blogger follow? im not sure how to bring in traffic. we are in the pre-adopt stage, sending in our paperwork in two weeks :)
thanks.

by the way, we do follow you guys on our blog roll : ) !!!

Bobby said...

@Wildflowers

You asked how we get others to follow the blog? Threats of violence.

No mostly kidding. I have a link to my blog on my email signature, and sometimes I'll post a link to an entry I was particularly proud of on my face book page. I also frequent other adoption blogs and we tend to follow each other.

Peter said...

Can I use the Dyson pet attachment for cat hair on Michael? He wants to crawl, and the floor is so gross (between the hairballs and his drooling, I am always stepping in something wet, particularly at 2am without my glasses).

Robbie said...

Just found your blog. Your family is beautiful. As for the shedding, have you considered shaving your pooches? I have a mix with lab-type hair and I get him cut a few times a year. We use a #7 blade so it's about the length of the top of his head or the front of his front legs. It's not crazy short, just shorter like a boxer or doberman. He doesn't shed for about 3 months after each cut. I thought it was nuts, but now I'm hooked. Just a bit of advice to save you some hairy headaches. :)