The seniors have waited until now to start blowing their winter coats, and Hu-Dad created quite the fur flurry working on Kiska’s coat yesterday.
Miss Kiska’s wooly coat has always been the most challenging coat to manage. The other dogs have a very soft undercoat which easily falls out during coat blowing season. It creates an ugly look while falling out, but is relatively easy to brush or blow out.
Except for Typhoon, of course, who refuses to have a brush or blower anywhere near him. Hu-Dad managed to get just over two minutes of brushing time in on Typhoon Phooey yesterday until he squirmed his way into an escape.
For Miss Kiska, her undercoat has a clingy texture not unlike velcro. It loves to knot and tangle, making for some uncomfortable removal. Hu-Dad has used lots of tricks over the years, but the best is to use the blower to remove the undercoat.
At Miss Kiska’s advanced age, standing for long period of times can be uncomfortable, so we are working her fur in short grooming time slots. We got a good bit removed yesterday and will work to remove more slowly over the next few weeks.
And, of course, she received lots of ear rubs and nose kisses – something she dearly loves.