Life with Jasmine and Juliet, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with our two rescued miniature dachshunds

Shedding Dog

on June 26, 2008

Jasmine’s coat is smooth, but she has a bit longer hair/fur/coat than other smooths.  I thought, given her short coat, shedding and dog hair would be at a minimum–that’s one of the benefits of having a dog with this kind of coat.  Nope.  Jasmine is shedding her “winter” coat with a vengance!

Every morning, as my oatmeal is cooking in the microwave, I sit on the floor and brush her.  She loves it–it’s another opportunity to have her body rubbed and scratched, and she’s undoubtedly a “scratchie junkie.”

It’s nice that she likes the brushing.  It’s one of the first activities that she enjoyed, and it led to her being comfortable in my lap.  The last month, however, has yielded a sprinkling of dog hair throughout the house.  It’s amazing how much hair this dog has to LOSE.  After every brushing, I have a large (okay, large for a 10-pound dog) pile of hair sprinkled on the kitchen floor.  I even had to replace the Dust Buster…it couldn’t keep up, and I had to get the super 15.4 volt version. 🙂

When I brought her home from the kennel on Monday, she had five days of shedding build-up to get rid of.   After 10 minutes the hair finally stopped coming off, and I had an alarmingly large pile on the floor.  If Jasmine was human, it would be Rogaine time!!  All she knew was that she got an extra-long brushing session, and she was very happy on many fronts.  As was I.

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