Coping With The Spring Shed in a Small Place

Coping With The Spring Shed in a Small Place

Misty Adair
Apr 15, 2010

Our dog, Lucy, sheds puppies. The proof is in the picture. They may not bark, but every spring little hairballs collect, roll around, and hunker down in our living room. A small space + a large dog + too many hairballs = more than this neat freak can handle.

So, we dealt with the furballs for years. We Swiffered and vacuumed and used many a lint roller. A small space can only handle so much fur and fury. Lucky for us, our dog prefers to guard our yard from pirate squirrels most of the day. We still see the lonely Texas tumbling hairballs blow across our yard, but that's much better than in our house. Now, the mini dachshunds that we are adopting soon will be another story. They have to stay inside so we have to face our fur fighting fears.

Many of the advertised solutions for pet hair removal or shedding sound too good to be true. We use the Furminator (which is how we gathered the pictured hairball) and it helps reduce shedding, but doesn't keep hair off your furniture. Previously, an Apartment Therapy writer thought she hit a home run with the Pet Hair Magnet, but ended up being disappointed. We recently spotted the Scotch Fur Fighter and are intrigued by the "micro hair grabbing" technology, but haven't tested it yet.

How do you cope with an abundance of pet hair in a not-so-spacious place? What are your best tips for taming pet hair? What products are worth the money and what simple solutions do the trick?

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