Re: Shedding Season
- From: Don Bruder <dakidd@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 07:10:48 -0800
In article <0O%rl.12094$b9.8880@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"Emily Brooks" <sunwiz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Every Spring I swear that the next Winter I'll lift weights or something so
that come Spring I will not drive home from the barn every time for several
weeks with back spasms from operating a shedding blade. This Spring is no
It doesn't help that the yak, er, Spot sheds copiously for weeks and weeks.
In fact, I bought a new shedding blade last year or year before because I'd
worn the teeth down to nubs on the one I've had for 20 years. That one comes
in handy for sensitive half-TB Hoover but you gotta have TEETH and elbow
grease for all that Spot hair.
Today, I brush my hair before hopping in the shower after getting back from
the barn. I swear that those grey hairs in my brush are Spot's! They're too
short to be mine :-)
Although the blades work fairly well, ever since I found a gizmo bearing
the handle "Grooma", I've never gone back.
If you haven't seen them, they're a hand-sized one piece semi-hard
rubber disk with rubber teeth. They come in two "flavors" that I know
about for sure, and possibly more that I haven't seen. The "coarse" one,
which I prefer for shedding time, has an array of inch long, heavy (as
big around as a "Sharpie" marker at the base) cone shaped teeth with big
(about 3/4 inch) spacing between them. The "fine" version has a sort of
"flower" pattern of tightly packed straight rubber teeth a bit skinnier
than an 8-penny nail. On both, the teeth are flexible, though the coarse
one is much stiffer than the "fine" version.
They both work, but the "fine" version clogs up a lot faster, and takes
longer to clean out between "loads". Using the "coarse" version on my
Popper gets me a ball of hair the size of a softball in about 90 seconds
or so. The rubber "grabs" the hair like a magnet grabs steel filings,
and seems to help a lot with reducing the amount of flying fuzz that
goes with a blade. Cleaning it out is a split-second thing - stop
rubbing, lift, flick the mat of hair loose, and start rubbing again.
And my girls seem to love the sensation - both of them come running when
I bring it out, and unless I separate them, I have to keep shoving the
other away so I have space to work on whichever one is currently "in
Anybody got a spinning wheel and an urge to knit a new pony? I've got
plenty of raw material. :) And Shadow hasn't even really gotten started
blowing her winter coat yet!
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