Blowing Coat

Hair pile

To the uninitiated, it is hard to explain how much hair is produced by a Siberian Husky blowing coat. This is a daily sweep up of the dog room.


So when a Rusty the Rooster looks like this, you need to pull out the big guns to attack the shedding hair.

And this would be the big gun - a Metro Air Force Commander Dog Dryer.

Blowing coat

This gives a totally new meaning to blowing coat.

Rusty 2

And for a dog who is ticklish (yes, only Rusty), a dog dryer is far less traumatic than a brushing session.

Rusty 3

Please ignore all my fluff piling up in the driveway behind me.


  1. Kari on March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I used to love when my dog growing up would have those “grey patches” of dead fur I could pull out with ease. Now I know why my mom hated it

    Stop on by for a visit

  2. Maxx on March 22, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Now that can make a bolster!


  3. Susan on March 22, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Yep, been there,done that. And I feel your pain…I used to have a Shiba Inu mix and a Norwegian Elkhound mix. They were smaller than the Herd, but they were both double coated and blew coat twice a year on different schedules. The best way I found to handle it was to schedule Furminator treatments for them at Petsmart. (Note: I have no connection with Petsmart except as a customer.)

    Both my dogs have crossed the Bridge now, one due to an incurable illness, one due to old age. I wish they were still here to make me crazy with their shedding!

  4. siku marie on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Wow! You make our dog dryer look like a toy! Believe me the White Dog Army has taught us ALL about blowing coat…welcome to Spring!

    We always love when people ask us (usually when the entire Army is out in force): “Do they shed?”

  5. achieve1dream on March 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hmm!! Does that work? Storm hates being brushed because it causes static and shocks her. Might be worth looking into.

    It is definitely coat blowing time lol. Storm looks awful hehe.

  6. Zoe on March 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I say it’s time for a plucking party!

  7. NCMountainwoman on March 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    And that is multiplied by six?

    • D.K. Wall on March 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Yes – X 6. Of course, it is a conspiracy. Every pup has to blow coat at a different time so that someone is always dropping fur.

  8. Huffle Mawson on March 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    That’s enough furs for a new Herd member!!

  9. Linda on March 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    My two loved to be brushed, until they got bored with it. The birds loved coat blowing season. They were always swooping into the dogs’ pen to snatch a bit of hair off the ground. I’d even catch a squirrel or two sneaking out with a tuft of hair in their mouth.

  10. Stella on March 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Rusty, you are a good boy to let him use that sucker thing on you. I don’t like loud noises, so my mom just brushes me when she can trap me somewhere and do it.


  11. RumpyDog! on March 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I never thought about using something like that. Rumpy doesn’t like to be brushed alot- like the alot that’s needed when he’s blowing coat. That might be a better alternative.

  12. The OP Pack on March 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Mom has never tried that either, but with four of us contributing bigtime to the dust bunnies, maybe it is time. Do they all let you do it?

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  13. Lisa Myers on March 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Rusty, you are such a good boy standing still like that while a really crazy, noise making machine is sucking your fur. My Sitka would never allow that. He is a royal pain when he is blowing his coat because he does not like to get picked at or brushed!!!

  14. Pamela on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Oooh, what a great idea. Honey is fine with brushing but I’ll definitely keep this in mind for the future.

    That’s a lot of doggy DNA blowing around your place this time of year. You’d better hope it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

  15. Sage on March 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    That’s a pile of hair! Sage is not fond of being brushed, so I can just imagine how much she wouldn’t like this dryer!

  16. mary k on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Ooo. I bought the 8hp master blaster for Kira. User it for the first time last week…Love it!!and the birds love it too.

  17. jan on March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You could make a whole new Husky with all that hair. Or make fur coats for Chihuahuas.

  18. Miley and Maggie on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Mom vacuums us….we hate it! What’s wrong with just a simple brushing???

  19. Carolyn on March 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My two LOVE to be brushed, but would run screaming from that thing! LOL.

  20. houndstooth on March 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Have you SEEN the hair on the Shepherds?! My gosh, I need one of those things! Although, fortunately, none of our dogs are ticklish. I can just picture Rusty dancing around, though!

    I still say you’re letting a goldmine blow away down the driveway!

  21. zeeFM on March 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I have “O_O” expression on my face right now.. I didn’t know that pile is possible (everyday? really?) and the blower is awesome ! Zeus would probably go flying though…

  22. Ice 'n Ayla on March 21, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Ayla: I’d rather be “blowed out” than brushed, but my hu-Mom got what she calls a “Furminator” brush, that isn’t as bad as an ordinary brush. It only takes the long hair out, then the rest can be blowed. My dad, Ice is more used to the blower, ’cause he used to be a show dog ’til he came to live with us, so he’s used to both the brush and the blower.

  23. The Rat Patrol on March 21, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Hu-mom says our sister Angel really liked getting brushed, but she wouldn’t sit still for very long.

    ~ Daisy

  24. Cindy on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I’ve never tried blowing the blowing coat out. Nina isn’t fond of the brush either, but I don’t think she would like the noise from a dryer either. Plucking is more fun although a bit tedious.

  25. Tabitha Brown on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Where would one purchase in my humble opinion one of these magic machines? I have often considered an airhose but afraid the pressure of air would be to much. This seems about perfect. Thanks for posting.

    • D.K. Wall on March 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Tabitha – That is actually designed for dogs, so you can find it in some pet retailers or just google it online. We use the 4.0 horsepower which does a great job, but is not too loud.

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