I had a whole other post typed up for this past week’s #Multi Pet Mania blog hop theme. But after re-reading it a few times over the last few days, I decided to delete it and start from scratch. So here I am on a Saturday afternoon trying to come up with a brand new post about the cleaning and grooming challenges of my multi-dog household.
Before we adopted Ducky, cleaning the house was fairly easy. Callie and Shadow don’t like the vacuum, but rather than attack it like they would any other intruder, they just avoid it. When I’m using it upstairs, they curl up downstairs. And, when I’m using it downstairs, they come upstairs and hide in the bathroom or behind the antique rocking chair in the living room.
With the hubby at work all day, I could clean this little house in under three hours. But then we got Ducky. She attacks the vacuum. So, off to doggie daycare she goes. Then hubby retired. Is there such a thing as hubby daycare? Actually, to be fair about it, even though I have to ask him to help if I want it, he does do a good job of whatever task I give him. Still, my house is a mess for much longer periods of time between cleanings than it used to be. As long as the bathroom and kitchen are somewhat clean, I don’t really care about the rest of the house if it looks neat. I’d rather play with the dogs. 😉
As for actual cleaning products, I switched to distilled white vinegar about 18 months ago. I had been using Lysol and other “all-purpose” cleaners, but the smell was really starting to bother me. Plus, when Ducky went on her OCD binges, she would lick Callie and Shadow hair off every floor in the house. I always made sure the floors were already dry before I let the dogs walk on them after I’d mopped. And I wouldn’t even leave to pick up Ducky until I knew for sure that the floors were dry. Then I read in someone else’s pet-related blog (and I have no idea which one at this late date) that they had “always” used vinegar to clean everything in their home. So, I decided to try it. I had to get past the initial strong smell the first few times, but now I’m hooked. It’s a heckuva lot cheaper; and the vinegar and hot water mix dries a lot faster than the Lysol. And, while Ducky may not like the taste, at least it won’t poison her or the rest of us.
The grooming of Callie and Shadow was never a big challenge for me. I’d brush them out about once or twice a week, and take them to the groomer every three or four months. Our overnight pet sitter is also a professional pet groomer, so I take the girls to “Auntie Andrea”. Ducky gets her baths and “spa” treatments at daycare.
In between I use this wonderful dual-sided brush from Furminator* for all three dogs. Callie and Shadow like it because the metal pins don’t pull at and scratch their skin like the regular Furminator brushes do; and they still do a good job of loosening those pesky pin knots that they get sometimes. Ducky loves it because the pins make the brush-out feel like a massage. And the soft bristles on the other side don’t scratch her sweet tummy.
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