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QuantaFille
02-14-2018, 01:15 PM
Here is Autumn, my 11 year old Red Border Collie. Every spring her shedding goes into overdrive, and she leaves huge tufts of fur wherever she can. It's worse than her normal shedding. On top of that, she has a double coat and her soft underfur gets matted easily. The easiest solution is to just shave it all down to 1/4". Her tail was shaved down to 1". She was unusually cooperative this year and I completed the job in only a little over an hour.

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Teallaura
02-14-2018, 01:20 PM
My Gabrielle had to be shaved every spring - I paid the vet to do it. She was not amused - evidently she was going for the corded kitty look.

Sparko
02-14-2018, 01:25 PM
poor doggy.

Cow Poke
02-14-2018, 02:23 PM
That's against the law in some municipalities! :yes:

mossrose
02-14-2018, 03:10 PM
My daughter used to have their Maine Coon cat shaved every spring. He refused to allow them to remove his mats, and the vet had to do the shaving.

He looked so embarrassed to be naked.

QuantaFille
02-14-2018, 06:15 PM
Mine won't put up with combing and brushing for very long. I do have a Furminator for her and it works pretty well, but only on her back and sides. Her head, neck, legs and tail have to be dealt with in other ways and if she won't let me brush her, then she'll have no fur. She especially hates having her tail touched at all and I had to get Rational Gaze to hold her down so I could shave it. Keeping it brushed is out of the question. She was a rescue dog so we don't know what happened to her as a puppy but we think someone pulled her tail a lot.

simplicio
02-19-2018, 01:49 AM
Here is Autumn, my 11 year old Red Border Collie. Every spring her shedding goes into overdrive, and she leaves huge tufts of fur wherever she can. It's worse than her normal shedding. On top of that, she has a double coat and her soft underfur gets matted easily. The easiest solution is to just shave it all down to 1/4". Her tail was shaved down to 1". She was unusually cooperative this year and I completed the job in only a little over an hour.

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I recommend getting a Newfoundland. Then you won't even notice the hair from the border collie. One advantage of a Newfie is that if your carpets are getting worn down, they will be renewed.

QuantaFille
02-20-2018, 06:18 AM
I recommend getting a Newfoundland. Then you won't even notice the hair from the border collie. One advantage of a Newfie is that if your carpets are getting worn down, they will be renewed.

Seems like that would just be more surface area to be shaved.

Cow Poke
02-20-2018, 06:20 AM
:haha:

I recommend getting a Newfoundland. Then you won't even notice the hair from the border collie. One advantage of a Newfie is that if your carpets are getting worn down, they will be renewed.
:lmbo:

I needed a laugh this morning!

rogue06
02-20-2018, 06:45 AM
Seems like that would just be more surface area to be shaved mowed.
If you've ever seen a Newfie you'd understand why I corrected your post.

Teallaura
02-20-2018, 06:53 PM
Seems like that would just be more surface area to be shaved.
Nope, it's just a large carpet to be walked. :wink:

QuantaFille
02-21-2018, 06:29 AM
I don't think my house is big enough to store the fur from one of those. The ceilings would keep getting lower as the carpets got thicker.

DesertBerean
02-21-2018, 08:08 AM
We would vacuum our German Shepard. These dogs have a double coat too. And it seemed to feel really good to him. Better than two brown paper bags full of fluffy hair.

Cow Poke
02-21-2018, 08:11 AM
We would vacuum our German Shepard....

Just have him stand by the curb...

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DesertBerean
02-21-2018, 08:13 AM
I recommend getting a Newfoundland. Then you won't even notice the hair from the border collie. One advantage of a Newfie is that if your carpets are getting worn down, they will be renewed. That's why you had to dunk them in the bay - get all that loose hair off.

Teallaura
02-21-2018, 01:51 PM
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Walking carpet.

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Walking wall to wall carpet

mossrose
02-21-2018, 02:44 PM
That last one is a shag carpet.

DesertBerean
02-21-2018, 03:31 PM
I thought it was a mop.

mossrose
02-21-2018, 03:33 PM
I thought it was a mop.

That, too.

But we were discussing carpets, so............

simplicio
02-23-2018, 12:49 AM
If you've ever seen a Newfie you'd understand why I corrected your post.

Which is why I bought a Shearmaster, a clipper used for sheep. I know some spinners who have used Newfie hair for spinning. I tried talking my wife into spinning so we could recycle the fur. The discussion did not end well for me.

simplicio
02-23-2018, 01:02 AM
Here is Autumn, my 11 year old Red Border Collie. Every spring her shedding goes into overdrive, and she leaves huge tufts of fur wherever she can. It's worse than her normal shedding. On top of that, she has a double coat and her soft underfur gets matted easily. The easiest solution is to just shave it all down to 1/4". Her tail was shaved down to 1". She was unusually cooperative this year and I completed the job in only a little over an hour.

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I use a rotating brush which clamps onto a hand drill, it is excellent for getting out the undercoat, then follow up with some hand attachments for shop vac. Some dogs won't tolerate the vacuum, they know the vacuum is evil. Takes only about ten minutes.

A tack shop or store which sells livestock supplies (or vet supply catalog) will have a better selection for grooming

Sparko
02-23-2018, 07:12 AM
I tried grooming my Schnauzer once. It ended horribly. I decided it was easier for me and him to just take him to the groomer every few months and pay $50 to get it done right. I would normally tell them to just leave him with a schnauzer face but cut the rest of his body short. Normally schnauzers have long hair on their legs and chest/belly. But he would always get that fur tangled with leaves and grass from the yard. Easier to just shave him.

Teallaura
02-23-2018, 09:27 AM
Which is why I bought a Shearmaster, a clipper used for sheep. I know some spinners who have used Newfie hair for spinning. I tried talking my wife into spinning so we could recycle the fur. The discussion did not end well for me.
Try felting it instead. Next time, buy the whorl and try to do it yourself before asking your wife - that way, you know how much work your really asking for (hint A LOT).

Teallaura
02-23-2018, 09:29 AM
I tried grooming my Schnauzer once. It ended horribly. I decided it was easier for me and him to just take him to the groomer every few months and pay $50 to get it done right. I would normally tell them to just leave him with a schnauzer face but cut the rest of his body short. Normally schnauzers have long hair on their legs and chest/belly. But he would always get that fur tangled with leaves and grass from the yard. Easier to just shave him.
It was 84F yesterday - in February! Personally, I'm liking Global Warming so far - but I'm glad I have short hair dogs!

QuantaFille
02-25-2018, 04:42 PM
Which is why I bought a Shearmaster, a clipper used for sheep. I know some spinners who have used Newfie hair for spinning. I tried talking my wife into spinning so we could recycle the fur. The discussion did not end well for me.

I considered a clipper meant for sheep, but I figured it might be overkill and I can't afford it right now anyway.