Hello, and welcome to my big happy mess of a life.

The Pet Hair Is Out Of Control

I've been going a bit crazy lately trying to keep up with my dogs pet hair, and now that the seasons are changing again it's just going to get worse as they grow in their heavy winter coats. Even if I spend time brushing them two or three times a week I still find piles of fur under the couch, behind the furniture, and against the walls.

I do feel I do I decent job trying to maintain their coats but a monthly grooming from a professional may be in order, at least during the transition of seasons. There's a mobile pet groomer that I have seen around town and I'll probably call them instead loading my dogs into the car and spending two hours in a waiting room while they get cleaned up.

Another thing that I need is a better vacuum. It drives me crazy because it doesn't pull all of their hair out of the corners and away from the wall, especially in my carpeted living room. I always have to start cleaning by lugging my vacuum around the edge of the room and using one of the wand attachments to suck up their fur.

I did a little research and found that my vacuum doesn't really do that great of a job cleaning corners compared to some of the others that are designed a little better. Mine was a cheapie that I got from Wal-Mart anyway so I shouldn't be all that surprised.

I've set aside a few hundred dollars for a new vacuum. I'm not taking the cheap way out this time and I'm going to get one that actually does what I need it to do instead of just pulling another of the shelf from Wal-Mart and hoping for the best.

I'm also going with a battery powered vacuum this time because unplugging my vacuum and plugging it back in as I go from room to room is a bit of a hassle. Nevermind the part where I have to lug this clunky monster up and down the stairs.

I'm hoping that by doing some proper research and spending a bit extra I end up with a vacuum that makes cleaning a little easier. So far I have it narrowed down to two choices. The first is a Dyson called the V7 Motorhead. It's supposed to one of the best for pet hair and it detaches from the stick part so that I can use it to get under the couch and behind some of the furniture too. It's also quite a but cheaper than some of the newer models, the V7 has been replaced by the V10 but you can still buy the V7 new and it's $200 cheaper.

The other option that I am considering is a Shark. It's called the DuoClean and for the price of around $200 on sale it seems like a great value. It has all the basic tools I need and it supposedly does a good job of cleaning corners too. I also like the I can easily replace the battery. I can't tell you how many rechargeable things I have had to throw away when the batteries stop functioning properly because they couldn't be replaced or it would cost just as much to replace the battery as buy a new one.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Shark. I figure it's worth trying and if I don't like it I can always return it.