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Out with your dog: Local writer wages war against doggy hair loss

CAITLIN ROW
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Hello, Summit County. Welcome to yet another installment of “Out with your dog,” where we’ll explore the wonderful world of hair loss.

As temperatures run high, our patience runs thin. Why? Shedding.

There’s fur on everything – our car, our bed, our carpet, at work, our shirt, even in our yard.

We – meaning me, and my dog – live in a hairy nest of tri-colored fur, where the vacuum runs constantly, and I joke about designing a line of throw pillows stuffed with dog hair or maybe even getting a spindle and making my own brand of pooch-fur yarn.

Juliette the dog is dumping buckets of the fluff on everything.

I recognize this is my fault, since I’ve so far refused to take Julie to the professionals – hey, dog groomers are expensive! So, I’ve made due by brushing her excessively.

But this furry situation has left me wondering – how much hair can fall out, really? So far, we’ve brushed, flushed and thrown about ten City Market plastic bags full of the stuff.

And it keeps coming. When will it stop?!

I’m actually having this truly amusing fantasy where I take Julie to the groomer and get her fur clipped off, all of it. Except a full-body mohawk running the length of her back. Will anyone do this for me? I joke, sorta.

E-mail us at crow@summitdaily.com with do-it-yourself pet-grooming tips! I’m sure I’m not the only person in Summit County with a sheddy pooch on her hands.

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Somewhere on this page, you’ll see a photo of two sleeping dogs sent in by Gale Cole of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.

She wrote: “Guess who’s the alpha dog?!! That would be the little guy, Rome, while the big fellow is Moose. It is a blessing to stay with them (plus kitty, Oliver) twice a year, in beautiful Summit County, while their owners vacation. I love your fresh publication and read it every day I am there. Their owners are Sarah and John Graham, Frisco business owners.”

Too funny! Keep ’em coming.

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For those of you who’d like to sign up for some dog-themed classes, Louisa Morrissey of Skijor-N-More recently informed me that she’s holding a free seminar called “Happy Trails and Happy Tails” on July 31. It’ll run from 1-3 p.m. at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne, and it will give lots of handy info about how to keep your dog safe on fun, summer outings.

Topics to be covered include paw care, joint care, hydration, heat-related illness, poisonous plants, etc. There’s a $5 suggested donation for LAPS – a small amount really for such a good cause. A door prize drawing will also be held for a Red Cross Pet First Aid kit.

For more information, call Morrissey at (970) 406-0158.

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And remember – if you have any pet news, photos, birthday wishes or tips, I want to print it.

Caitlin Row lives in Summit County with her sheddy (and very cute) pup, Juliette. E-mail her at crow@summitdaily.com with any local pet news.


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