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"Boston Terror" Chronicles: North vs. the FURminator

"Boston Terror" Chronicles: North vs. the FURminator


With such a tough-sounding product name, I'll admit I was expecting the FURminator to work wonders terminating North's pet-hair issue. One local pet store has an actual TV playing this video of a man testing the product out on a heavy-shedding breed, the Golden Retriever, and that stack of dog hair was quite shocking . . . and definitely piqued my interest. Since I've got a pooch who does get hair on my clothes and my furniture, I was willing to try out anything to help me limit the shed. On the right, you'll recognize my cutie patootie and, on the left, a fairly ordinary looking brush said to do extraordinary things. Will it work out? Check out some pics and my opinions when you

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Gross! Although the FURminator says it gets the best results on a freshly washed dog, bathtime just wasn't part of North's evening agenda that night, so I tested it out anyway. I got that big mass of hair from just 15 minutes, about all he would sit still for. I'd recommend cooing and petting/scratching a dog with another hand to take his attention away from the brush and my pup seemed to prefer short and gentle over longer strokes. I started with him on my lap but he got squirmy (and I could tell hair was gonna end up all over), so I had him sit on the hardwood floor per the instructions to "position a dog or cat in an area that would be easy to sweep or vacuum."
Or baggie. Ha. I'd definitely say this product is worth the money — I found a range of prices for the three sizes from $21 and up — and North didn't hate the FURminator any more than his normal brush and this gets at the undercoat and loose hair — hair I didn't even know was ready to shed. For those less-than-willing pups, there are also FURminator deShedding Dog Treats to lure him still and promote healthy skin and coat.

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