My lawn looks like there is a herd of German Shepherds blanketing it. In fact, if you take a quick glance, you might even think that we’re being invaded by German Shepherds.

German Shepherd owners have to deal with a fair amount of dog fur throughout the year. Twice a year, this particular dog breed goes through a phase when they “blow their coat”. Shedding their winter coat for summer and vice versa. What this means practically is that everything in your house will be absolutely coated with fur no matter what you do. I don’t know how they can shed so much and still have any fur left to be honest!

When our German Shepherd, Samantha, goes through this seasonal shed, I try to get her outside for a few minutes every day that is nice and brush her. Ideally, I’d spend a lot more time on fewer brushing sessions, but this is the most workable solution that I’ve found. Lately though, we’ve had rain… a lot of rain. I haven’t been able to take her outside to brush her for nearly a week, and there is no way I’m going to try brushing her inside the house. Finally, I snatched a longer stretch of time today in between rain and spent a good 20 minutes brushing her. Now my front lawn and driveway is covered with part of her winter coat. (Maybe I should save it and make me a winter coat!) Munchkin came to the door, peeked out and remarked, “It looks like it rained fur.” That brings new meaning to the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”.

Samantha looks like she feels cooler. I think she does anyway. She’s worth putting up with the fur anyway!

What about you? Do you have a pet that sheds? How do you deal with it?