Friday, May 1, 2009

The Neverending Story

Disclaimer: This post isn't about Bastian, Falcor, Artax or Atreyu, or their journey to save the land of Fantastia...
...though that's a great movie from my childhood, and when I watch it now it is WEIRD.

No, this is the story of my neverending battle against HAIRBALLS.


It is a story without a happy ending, I'm afraid, because I'm constantly losing the battle.


I clean up the hairballs, and not an hour later, little tumbleweeds of dead skin cells go twirling across my kitchen floor, or getting caught against the cold-air return vent in the hallway.


It is a heart-wrenching task, sweeping up the hair--knowing that the little buggers will return soon to mock my hard work. What is the definition of insanity? "Repeating the same action over and over, expecting a different result."

I guess I should not expect any less, with 2 dogs and myself in an old house filled with hardwood flooring and tile. I mean, it is just a fact of nature that dogs and humans lose their hair on a daily basis, and new hair regrows in it's space. I should probably appreciate the circle of life that is represented here. Or wonder at God's amazing design that we don't all go bald with all of this hair loss.

But I don't. I complain, and live to sweep another day.

27 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

HeHeHe...

Maybe I should khome visit!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Momma found a furball under the bed that was big enough to be a puppy. She named it Bob.

Princess Eva

p.s. be thankful that your pup don't have long fur.

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Lots of fur ball at my house now too ! As it's my shedding period ! wahaha ! Mr vacuum is operating everyday now :D

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

We have fur balls and hair balls and dust bunnys- everywhere too! it sure would make a nice nest for some bird! We understand what ya mean!
love
tweedles

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Hey, I remember that movie. As I recall, it ended. Hairballs, however, do go on forever.

Noah the Airedale said...

Ah yes the ol' furball. We have many and I would say 99.9% of them come from my sissie Lucy.
Our pinkies learn to live with them. We're worth it hehe.

tailwags
Noah

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

Yep...Those hair balls...They are a never ending job...Kind of like muddy foot prints & torn up papers...

But we have to keep our Mom's busy...We don't want them to get bored...

Abby xxxooo

Bijou said...

Hi,

Our mom doesn't complain about our hair unless it is stuck all over her shirt. Since we have very short hair it is hardly noticeable every where else. She says back when she had two cats and a Golden/Lab mix, she was vacuuming EVERY day!

So that is why she doesn't mind our little bit of hair loss.

Wags & wiggles,
Bijou

Paco....Milo and mom..Simona said...

Waawaaawaaawaaaa....
Poor Mommy Allison.....
Our mom find lots of our furball everywhere....everyday....
She's thinking to do a wonderful pullover for her with our hair!!!!
;-)))))))
Every day our poor mom use a vacuum hoping that tomorrow will be another day without furball.....but......NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Now....mom are living her life with us and our "friendly" hairballs!!!!!!
Waawaawawawaaaaaaa.....
and she's unluckily because me and Milo losing our hair for all the year!!!!!
If mom will do the pullover.....do you want one with our hair?????
Have a great day......with all your hairballs!!!!!!!!
sweet kisses dear friends!!!!

DCampy34 said...

My Mommy says she feels your pain with the 3 of us - plus our 2 cousins mommy is constantly sweeping and cleaning - she also has an old house and wood floors

Woodrow, Sweetie and MJ

Stella said...

Mine is black, and gets all over everything. My Mom gets tired of it, but she doesn't come unglued over it. Just life with a dog!

Kisses,
Stella

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Ohh, our Mommy can relate. Daisy is shedding out little tufts right now.

Tucker and Daisy

The Army of Four said...

Mom said to tell you "try living with 4 Siberians". I have no idea what she means by that. She vacuums just about every day!
Tail wags,
Storms

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Hehe....I feel your pain hun!
Nicky, 4 Beagles Mum xx

Amber and Nala said...

Ahhhh, the plight of dog Mom and Dads everywhere! Although I have little fur, my needle-like hairs also come out and they dig into everything....as soon as Mom vacuums the floor is covered again in a matter of seconds it seems. At least the color of my hair blends in with the carpet. ;)

Good luck!

Nala

happypitbull said...

This is why I prefer dogs with super-short fur, so it doesn't drift around in clumps like that. (Sorry, Dozer.) This is also why I'm torn about replacing our carpet with wood flooring. It seems like it would be both easier to keep clean and quicker to get messy.

The OP Pack said...

Maybe we need to come along with Khyra:-) The hairballs in our house might really scare you.

Tail wags, three very fluffy shedding sibes - the OP Pack

NCmountainwoman said...

We found a wonderful de-shedding tool for our Goldens. It's called the Furminator. You would not believe how much of that dead undercoat hair comes off. We use it three times a week in addition to our regular daily brushing. It makes quite a difference.

Of course we still find the occasional clump of hair. Just have to live with it I suppose.

Lexi, Qwill, Shiner and Trophy said...

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Anita said...

I loved the post! You made me laugh! Here is the same thing, I think my best friend is the vacuum-cleaner!
Kisses from Rufus and Indie

KC said...

We struggle with the "dust bunnies" here, too.

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Mason Dixie said...

He he he. having all carpet is not all that great either. mom has to empty the vacuum can several times just when she sweeps the living room. the curse of goldens. hehe

daisydog said...

Dust buffalos! LOL!

GSD Adventures said...

Check your email! Congrats! :D

Wags,
Pruett and Daphne

the 4 Bs said...

you know, us poodles don't shed at all. not one hair. but mom still complains that there is dirt and dust and dust bunnies and lint and feathers and all kinds of stuff making our floors dirty. we just laugh.

woofs

Mango said...

Kind of like cutting your finger nails, huh?

Slobbers,
Mango

pointerpandemonium said...

My mummy says she feels your pain!! We moult loads for such short haired doggies!! Mummy always find clumps by the side of the walls. :)