Sunday, June 22, 2008

De-Fluffing the Deck



Do you like the white accumulation on our deck? No, it's not snow. It's not from a tree either. This is why malamutes should not be allowed in your house. We can get this amount of fluff from dearest Kona (actually a malamute-husky cross) every two days for the month of June. Like all huskies or malamutes, she has a double coat, with black and grey guard hairs and an undercoat of soft white fur. The poor dog is panting in the summer temperatures now, wishing for those days of snow and ice!
She doesn't particularly enjoy the brushing, but the end result will be appreciated by both dog and people.

11 comments:

easygardener said...

Heavens you could stuff a pillow with all that fur - and I thought my cats were messy!

kate smudges said...

When I first saw the photograph, I thought of poplar fuzz. That's a lot of hair to be brushing out every few days. No wonder Kona longs for winter.

chz said...

Have you tried the "Furminator"? I have one for my dog and it gets out an absolutely amazing amount of fur. Way more than any brush or comb I've every used on them... They aren't cheap though.

Karen said...

I know of people who spin fluff like that into yarn. Maybe there's a spinner in your area who would appreciate it if you collected it and kept it for them. :)

Aiyana said...

I can't imagine a dog like that in this desert heat! I don't think they could make it with all that hair, or else they would have to stay indoors 24 hours a day.
Aiyana

Ottawa Gardener said...

Wow, I really didn't know what it was. I guess he's in the right climate them.

Camald said...

The lee valley ones are pretty nice though, eh, since they are made to fit EXACTLY into the clay pot. I found a nice ceramic pot that fits a 4" plastic pot perfectly, but other than that, I cannot find much. Maybe you can spraypaint the lee valley ones diff. colours lol. anyways, I am thrilled to have found these clear ones!!

Wyn said...

Lovely dog. Great gardening pictures. I live in Nipawin and am looking for a non-poisonous plant for the north side of my fence. We have a corgi.

Gardenista said...

Wyn - I guess that plant would have to like shade, then. Our dog is pretty destructive to plants, so we don't plant things in her yard. I hope your corgi isn't as interested in the plants. I like the plant search feature on northscaping for searching for plants for certain conditions. http://www.northscaping.com
go to toolbox, then to landscape plant search. Alpine currant, highbush cranberry, and potentillas would all do pretty well.

Lee17 said...

I do love your blog. I think your dogs would melt in Austin, Texas!

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I likE plants! said...

Awww, what a beautiful dog!!! Shedding is fun!