Last week Brody descended into that category known as “ripe”. You know, when you go to pet your dog, then your hand comes up in a cloud of dog essence and you have to use your foot to keep him off the bed because you don’t want that stank hanging around. That kind of ripe.
The timing worked well since I had a couple of items I’ve been waiting to try out for just such a stinky occasion: Dog shampoo from the Molly Mutt Clean line, and the new Dyson Groom vacuum grooming attachment.
Wash by Molly Mutt
First, Brody got lathered up with the sample of Wash I received from Molly Mutt, who you might know better as the maker of the eco-friendly Stuff Sack duvet that’s forever on my ‘Favorite Things’ lists.
The Wash had a nice herbal scent (rosemary and peppermint). I hate the smell of synthetic fragrances- my own laundry detergents are scented with natural oils or nothing at all- so this was welcome to my nose.
It also doesn’t come out of the bottle super concentrated like a lot of dog shampoos. I dislike those “do your own dilution” because it comes out of the bottle thick as syrup and makes it really hard to spread over the dog. The Wash was the perfect consistency right out of the bottle.
Brody dried very gently fragranced, shiny, and clean. And ready for round two with- DA DA DUMMMM….the Dyson Groom! I was ridiculously excited about getting to try this out.
When I saw Dyson came out with a grooming attachment, I actually squealed out loud with glee. I never do that over household cleaning items. Dyson was kind enough to send me a Groom attachment for review, which I wasted no time in putting to work.
The Groom attaches with an easy snap like all Dyson attachments. The Groom itself is a slicker brush, which recedes under a cover when you’re not holding the button down. So you vaccum the dog to pull all the hair up, lift your finger, and whoosh- it gets sucked into the vacuum. No more having to scrape the detritus out of the brush, picking up the leftovers from the floor, etc.
Because I’m impatient, I didn’t spend any time getting Brody acclimated to the sound of the vacuum or the feel of the device. I just plopped him in my lap with a rawhide and had at it. As you can see, he was severely traumatized:
(In case you skip the video for fear of seeing a traumatized dog baying in fear of the almighty vacuum, the trauma remark was 100% facetious.)
Koa enjoyed it too, though for obvious reasons Apollo got a pass on this one. It was so nice to not have to spend 15 minutes after brushing cleaning up the floor! It’s my new favorite toy.
Great for: Long and medium haired dogs, mellow dogs, people who hate brushing up hair
Use with caution on: Nervous dogs, dogs scared of the vacuum, dogs with sensitive skin (the bristles are metal).
Use only if suicidal on: Cats, lions, significant others, that itchy spot on your back
Available at the Dyson Groom website.