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The Furminator - Border Collie Pet Hair Be Gone!

Updated on May 16, 2013

The Furminator- God's Gift to Pet Owners

If my mother were alive and could see all the animals I have she would probably roll over in her grave. Actually, she'd probably laugh and say it figures...being the mother to 4 dogs and 4 cats must surely qualify me for some time of loopy award - dealing with multiple cat and dog moods, food habits, exercise demands and probably the most daunting of all - PET HAIR !

In true style though - and not one to let a little thing like cat and dog hair get me down - I was determined to find a solution to my hairy problems this year. Especially after my border collie has been leaving fur coats all over the couch and on the backs of my guests as they exit my home.

In the quest for a more hair free home (you'll notice I use the word "more" - because there will never be such a thing as being totally pet hair free) - I purchased "THE FURMINATOR" , a tool that I have been coveting for at least 2 years now. I first saw the furminator at The Pet Club on a video which showed a dog being "de-furred" live on camera. Ever since then I vowed that one day I would be the the owner of one such tool.

The Furminator After It "Terminated" Karmas Pet Hair

My border collie Karma after being "de-furred". She wasn't all that happy after the initial furminator job I did but she sure looks better!
My border collie Karma after being "de-furred". She wasn't all that happy after the initial furminator job I did but she sure looks better! | Source

The Furminator Does It's Job!

More of Karmas hair removed by the Furminator
More of Karmas hair removed by the Furminator | Source

Interview With the Furminator Inventor and Demonstrations

The "Furminator" (Kind of Like a "Hair" Terminator)

I had hedged on buying the furminator sooner because of it's cost (the one I wanted was about $45 plus tax in the store) but after finding and bidding on one on EBay for just $22.00, I figured I just couldn't go wrong so I got the middle sized dog FURMINATOR for my fur-babies. I chose the middle sized one because I figured I could then use it on my cats too, killing 2 birds with one stone.

Just a few days later (about 3 days) I got my furminator in the mail and went to work that night on Karma, my 2 year old border collie who has been the worst hair offender in the house. At first Karma was pretty happy to be getting a brushing but after she realized this was not a regular brushing she wasn't too thrilled - but being the sweet dog that she is, she complied and let me do my job.

The results were absolutely stunning. After about an hour Karma didn't look like Karma anymore. I swear about half her fur was gone, and she looked much thinner..... and "svelte" is about the best way I can describe her after her "de-furring".

The hair that came out of Karma was all her molting undercoat, that until now had been deposited in my car seats, couches, bed covers, and like I said, even on the butts and backs of my house guests (talk about embarrassing!) People were beginning to be afraid of even petting her because hair would literally come off in globs in their hands.

Now I can safely report that Karma is now pretty hair free - (a week after her initial groom I did about another 10 minute go through just to get any new growth or hair I'd missed)

(I also started grooming my other border collie Simon with the furminator but had to stop and wait for the hubby because Simon was a little disagreeable to my de-furring idea) The furminator doesn't hurt your dog but it is a little different than a regular brush.

The Furminator - Worth the Money!

So now with the addition of the furminator to our household (along with a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum I got for Christmas) - I can now safely say our hair problem has been licked. Karma is one happy camper now that she is getting more attention and people aren't afraid to touch her. I also feel more confident now when I go to work - knowing that I'm not taking Karmas fur coat to work with me. I'm also very pleased and happy to say that my guests are looking a lot less hairier to me these days too - thanks to the Furminator!!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer and blogger in the San Francisco Bay Area)


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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Robert) I had no idea that the company that makes the Furminator sold their business. Wow that's A lot of money.

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    Robert 6 years ago

    these people just sold their business for almost a BILLION dollars. WTF. for a dog brush. PROMISE A BILLION to someone to defeat diabeties or cancer. NO we can't do that. But we can for stupid dog brush. what a world.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    We just used the furminator on Simon, our border collie. What a difference! Our furminator is still going strong!

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    Joni 8 years ago

    I LOVE the furminator! I have a Siberian Husky and when she is horrible!

    They know have one that hooks up to the end of a vacuum hose....BRILLIANT! I don't have it yet, but I also have the vacuum with me when I brush with the hose out! I just suck the hair up right away. It fills up the vacuum though.

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    Karen N 8 years ago from United States

    I own two cats and have to say that life would be unbearable without my furminator.

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    Marie 8 years ago

    My boyfriend uses this for his dog and it seems to work pretty well. Hair somehow still seems to end up on the furiniture though. I use Fur-Zoff to get rid of it then. I like it because it's a "green" product made of recycled materials. You can find it at their website for about $10. Hope this helps!

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    earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Thanks Dori, my daughter inlaw has a dog grooming service, and one dog and two cats at home. The black cat is a fur machine. I will tell her, she may not have seen it in Australia.

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    Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks everyone for stopping in and commenting.

    CS- you'll love the furminator. I can finally pet Karma without globs of hair coming out!

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    C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

    Need one of these at my house before spring. That is when Jack starts dropping his undercoat. I have been curious about this brush as I think I have tried everything on the market over the years.

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    m2maker 9 years ago

    I don't have any pat, but this month i take care of my cousin dog....most of the time he spent outside so we don't have any problems with the hair:)

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    Eric Graudins 9 years ago from Australia

    I have a German Shepherd who moults heavily twice a year, and lightly for what seems like the rest of the time.

    Haven't heard of a Furminator before. I'll have to check out if they're available in Australia. Thanks for the tip.

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    Rose Ella Morton 9 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

    I only have one dog and a cat. but the cat live inside. I think I will try this.

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    Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

    Dorsi, excellent bit '0 info here!. My mother has a smallish-medium long-hair border collie mix dog that leaves hair EVERYWHERE year round. Part of her daily routine is to de-hair her home.

    I'm going to tell her about the Furminator (I'm thinking a medium) and I'm pretty sure she'll be getting one. If you'll put up an amazon link for it here, I'll try to get her to order through this hub. Here's the link:

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    hot dorkage 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

    I paid full retail for my furminator. It worked pretty well but it never quite made Violet stop shedding. She's a choco lab + Griffon. You think that fluffy dogs are the worst shedders but not really. Labs are pretty sheddy anyway for being a shortish haired dog. Violet hides the griffon undercoat under her mostly flat chocolate mantle fur so she's a true shedder. Alas and alas, the furminator has been misplaced!