Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy Shedding

First swim of the year

Who would have thought that Argus would be swimming in the Mississippi on March 11th?  Temperatures due to be in the 60s and 70s here this week - this is so NOT Minnesota.  No doubt the snow showing on the far bank of the river will be gone by the end of today.  It was in the 60s when this picture was taken on Sunday.

Dogs are starting to shed now. Watson is the worst, with hair coming out in "gobs". He's always the worst shedder here and has a very thick coat.  Josie's coat is longer now, but still tight, and she sheds the least.  Her coat is a bit coarser and seems to be made up of fewer but thicker hairs, so she has less to shed out.  Coral's coat is short and fine and soft, but a bit thinner, so she doesn't shed as much as her son Watson does, but her spring shed has also begun.  Argus's coat is thick and dense, but the hair is very short and fine.  It's still tight now, so I hope he doesn't wait to do a major shed just before the National. Letty has a very soft fine coat, a bit longer than her dad's. It feels more like rabbit fur, like her mother Reebok's coat, but not as long. Dog hair is a way of life when you own Dalmatians.  I'll start brushing Watson daily, and give him a warm bath this weekend to hasten the process.  Might as well get it out of the way before the next one starts serious shedding.  

Pretty soon I'll start to find puffballs of dog hair in the corners.  Ugh.  It's a good thing the dogs are such fun otherwise!

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