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B.A. Blackwood is the author of the Siren Song trilogy, a trial lawyer, a marathon runner, and indentured servant to her two couch potato pugs, Waldo and Jonesy.

The Furminator – Worth the Expense?

One of the 102 dead lock certainties in this life is that pugs shed. A lot.

It’s the only drawback to an otherwise perfect breed. Okay, except for the snoring, but hey, you’d snore too if your nose was smashed so flat you only had 2 centimeters of air circulation!

My mom is always complaining about my and my sister’s hair, and claims she’s designed her whole look to deal with our follicle challenges. Come to think of it, she may be right. Her furniture is beige, the floor tile is off white, the area rugs are beige and fawn colored. Her clothes are beige, white, and…beige. I heard her say she even got the more expensive “palomino” fake leather option on our car’s interior so that our dog hair would blend in.

It’s really not my hair that’s the problem – it’s my sister’s. We’re both fawn which means we’re both supposed to have double coats, but for some reason I only have one. She’s got a full double coat. In fact, she’s so hairy I’d swear she’s got a third coat buried under there somewhere. When I burrow my head in her fur I come away with hair stuck in my nose. Ick!

So, I’ve been begging my mom to splurge on the Furminator, the Rolls Royce of dog brushes.

I finally got a pet supply store to agree that if the my mom wasn’t four times as happy with the four-times-as-expensive Furminator, she could bring it  back for a full refund, pug hair and all.

Then we designed a fool proof test, using my sister, of course. You didn’t think I’d be the guinea pig did you?

Subject:  Jonesy, Very Hairy Ex-Showdog

Jonesy AKA Hairy Hannah



The old Standby






The Challenger

My mom simulated strict scientific lab conditions. She brushed Jonesy with the Old Standby for three minutes and documented the amount of hair extracted.  Three days later, she brushed Her Hairiness with the Furminator for three minutes and documented the results.





Old Standby – 2 Inch Hairball

The Furminator – 4 Inch Hairball







Guess we’re a Furminator family now!






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