I happen to think that Great Pyrenees are pretty much the perfect dogs for kids. When raised with your children they’re exceptionally calm and affectionate, both indoors and out, while still acting as an excellent guard dog. Leo likes to be nearby wherever our two little girls are playing, keeping a good eye on them, and woe be to the unknown human (can you say, UPS guy?) or stray dog that might approach the girls.
As you can see from this video of baby G climbing all over Leo, he’s a Very Good Dog.
In fact, I can’t imagine a better breed of dog for kids (and not just for human kids, check out this video of goat kids doing pretty much exactly the same thing that G is doing to Leo in that video.)
Leo is also beautiful to boot (I happen to find Great Pyrenees the most beautiful of all dogs.)
But there is one thing about life with a GP that can drive me a little crazy (and which make the breed a no-go for many people). What is this thing, you may ask? Well, it’s actually things – great, huge tufts of white fur floating all over the house.
This is just one example of Leo-hair sitting near the curtains in our bedroom this morning before I vaccuumed it up.
The primary thing we’ve found to keep a handle on Leo’s ever-present shedding is to have him professionally groomed on a regular basis. However, if you’ve ever had to have even a small dog groomed you can imagine how much it costs to have a 160 pound white dog groomed. We have an awesome groomer, Autumn (let me know if you want her contact info) of whom Leo has actually become quite fond. Autumn even picks Leo up from our house and delivers him home after his grooming, and nowadays he’ll pretty much hop right into her car when she arrives to pick him up. Even though Autumn’s price for grooming is extremely reasonable considering the awesome job she does (bathing him, trimming back his fur some, trimming his nails, hand drying him and raking out his undercoat), we can only financially swing having him groomed about once a month.
This means that every single OTHER day of the month Jon or I have to vacuum and sweep up dog hair. For the past ten years ago we’ve been vacuuming with a Dyson vacuum that the company once provided me to review for my blog.
To be honest, I have never really loved this vacuum. It worked quite well for the first six months or so but then its performance began going downhill ever since and now it hardly works at all. Yes, as much as it pains me to spend the $$, the time has come to invest in a new vacuum, and not just because we have a hairy dog but also because we have two little kids living at home who tromp dirt into the house and spill guinea pig food on the floor of their bedroom.
We do have an awesome Shark Cordless vac that my bro and sis in law generously got us for Christmas a few years back, and it’s great for quick pick ups but just really isn’t big enough for major dog hair.
But which vacuum to buy? They all CLAIM to be absolutely great at dealing with dog hair but I’m not falling for that. Some of them certainly must be better at swooping up large clumps of dog hair than others. Plus, we need a vacuum that will work equally well on wood floors, tiled floors and rugs. Beyond reading Amazon review after Amazon review after Amazon review, many of which seem to contradict one another, I have no idea which vacuum we should invest in to handle different types of floors plus Leo hair. I do think I’d prefer a canister vacuum which is what I had before the Dyson but they seem to have become much less popular in the last few years so there aren’t as many to choose from.
So here’s my question for you, gentle blog readers, do you know of a vacuum that’s really good at swiffing up dog hair – a lot of it – and which will operate equally well on different types of flooring? Surely there’s got to be one out there that will work great for these tasks.
So do you have any recommendations on brand and model? Please let me know by leaving your answers in the comments below.