“Would you please stop shedding?” I beg Luke, our 55-pound hound mix. “Please keep your prodigious fur to yourself.”
Luke and I have this conversation often as I deal daily with the puffy apricot fur balls that billow around the house. “I know you can’t help it,” I add, “but geeze!”
“He only blows his coat twice a year,” my husband, DC, says, trying to put a bright spin on the situation.
“Yeah,” I say, “Once from January to June, and again from July to December.”
“How do you deal with it?” I asked my dog-owning friend Paula, recently, during a visit to her home.
“With Marvin the Martian,” she said, referring to her robotic Roomba vacuum cleaner.
I’ve known about these hi-tech vacuum cleaners, but never wanted one. The idea of a robot randomly roaming the house seems even less attractive than having dog fur everywhere.
“He only cleans when I tell him to,” she said. “I program his active times from my phone.”
Back home, I tell DC about Marvin. The next day,…