Saturday, 1 February 2014


Does anyone have any dogs that shed 364 days of the year? We got a beautiful golden retriever cross labrador from the Dogs home a few years ago, and while she is the most beautiful natured dog (not around other strange dogs though, but definitely with humans), she sheds like a mo fo. Pardon my French. I even wanted to gather all her fur at one stage and knit a sweater. It is THAT bad.

In my previous unit, she lived in the laundry and was never allowed on the carpet. She sat with us over the night time in her tiled area by the front door, but even though she was never near the carpet, she managed to COVER it with her hair.

Then we moved to this rental (while we build) and it has hardwood floors throughout. And I thought this would be fantgastic as she would have more freedom to roam the house. True. I also thought that because we had hardwood floors, her hair would be easier to clean. Also true. But I foolishly thought that the hair would not be so much of a problem in our new house. NOT SO TRUE. Whilst it is easy to vaccuum her fur, it is not so easy to keep the fur off the hardwood floors. Often times, I would find  when the sun is shining bright (and contrary to popular belief, Tassie has many many sunny days. It's COLD, but sunny) I can see that the hardwood floors are covered in her hair.

What is a girl to do? I couldn't bring myself to restrict her to certain tiny areas AGAIN. She has tasted freedom and she likes it. And besides which, she should be able to roam the house (only on the hardwood floors, not on the carpet which thankfully are only found in the bedrooms). On the other hand, I don't want to be vaccuuming every single day.

Then the answer came to me in a Boxing Day sale message: ROBOT VACCUUM CLEANER. $89 from Godfrey's. As with all my other gadgets, I thought about it long and hard and did my research. I recognise that it will never substitute the actual vaccuum and mind you, we have a great one. But I thought that this would be a wonderful addition to our household. Just something that we can put on daily, to pick up the dog fur which is driving me INSANE and then once a week, we give the house a thorough vaccuum.

Today I trialled my new toy. And I am pleased to say that he (we've of course named him Robbie the Robot Vaccuum Cleaner... and no, I do not have children, it's just a thing I do) does a great job! Half an hour and three rooms were done. He did, scare the dog though and she promptly ran away from him - have I mentioned that she is a fantastic guard dog?

Now, I'd better get organised for the week! I start Michelle Bridge 12wbt tomorrow (and no, I'm not paid to endorse the product) and I intend to be as compliant as possible. Even though I am starting with a treat meal, but the Superbowl is on, and it is tradition dammit! :)

For dinner tomorrow, Honey Sriracha wings and tater tots. Don't tell Michelle.


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