Monday, April 2, 2012

It's not summer yet!

Ahhh, spring is here. Gorgeous days made up of blue skies, birds singing, buds blooming... and my Alaskan Malamutes have already started blowing their coats.

Look at those faces!
So what does "blowing their coats" mean? It's when a dog sheds their undercoat. But shedding is such a calm way to explain this process...The fur just explodes off of them. They shed year round, but from fall to spring we can handle it. It's the summer months when Jason and I start contemplating "old yellering" our dogs. Except this year, the blowing of the coats is happening much earlier than normal.

This past winter was a really warm one for North Carolina. I live in the Piedmont, just west of the middle of the state. Our area doesn't normally get much snow, usually maybe 2-3 good ones in the winter. And "a good snow" in this area is usually about 6 inches. But, this past winter we only had one snow that didn't amount to much of anything. Thanks to the warmer winter, and now a warmer than normal spring, our dogs' inner temperature gauge seems to think it's already summer. Oh fucking joy. 

The best thing to do is take the dogs outside everyday and just brush the hell outta them. Just get as much fur as you can off of them while we're outside to try and minimize the fur tumbleweeds that congregate inside. After we got home from work today, Jason and I immediately headed outside to do just that. Here are a some shots of our nightmare:
Hey, at least the birds can use the fur for their nests.
 
Ryoku gets his belly brushed
Ryoku has decided he's had enough
Okami, just hanging out, waiting for his brushing
I would add in pictures of what our house looks like after a couple of days of not vacuuming during coat blowing season, but Jason vacuumed earlier, before I thought about getting pictures. But, no worries, I'll just take pictures in a couple of days. Because the fur will accumulate. Again. It always does. 

To borrow a line from my best friend, Melissa, "Immakillmyself." Sigh.


13 comments:

  1. That`s a lot of hair. I keep forgetting that when I share on G+, it doesn`t comment here. Are you on Google+? https://plus.google.com/109258118458627782001 is my profile, if you ever get on there. I'm glad to see you back here.

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    1. I swear, I need to start selling the fur. Think of the sweaters that could be made.

      As for Google+... this is a bit of trick question. I am on there, but I have no f'ing clue what I'm doing or what Google+ actually is. I just went through your links to add you to some circle... I would send you my profile, but I'm not really sure where to get that info. As you can tell, I am very up-to-date on technology and all that jazz.

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  2. Yes, thanks mild winter and early spring for bringing our own personal hell to reality just a little bit earlier this. Mother Nature, you can just stick it up your ass, you suck.

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    1. You should really stick it to her, and tell her four times. :)

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    2. HA! It looks like Jason took your advice...

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    3. Sigh, is this Karma coming back to bite us in the ass??

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  3. Yes, thanks mild winter and early spring for bringing our own personal hell to reality just a little bit earlier this. Mother Nature, you can just stick it up your ass, you suck.

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  4. Yes, thanks mild winter and early spring for bringing our own personal hell to reality just a little bit earlier this. Mother Nature, you can just stick it up your ass, you suck.

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  5. Ah, the joy of dogs. My husband keeps trying to convince me to get another one. I keep reminding him that the one we have already sheds a shetland pony every day. Happy brushing!

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    1. Ah, a kindred soul who understands! What kind of dog do you have? I will say that the good part about the coat blowing season is the workout my arms (well, mainly my right one) get with all the brushing.

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  6. Oh my God I want your dogs.

    And I actually kind of made a pouty face and said "aw" when you said the phrase "old-yellering."

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    1. How does a joint custody arrangement sound? You get them during the coat blowing season and I'll get them back in the fall/winter. Ha! And, be happy (relax. smile.) - I haven't old yellered them... yet.

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  7. No, do not old yeller yourself, I would miss you!! Haha! I would like to point out, that if you rolled the fur in those pictures into a ball, and if you could somehow make it bark, you'd have yourself a Charlie. Plus some. Haha!

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