My dog is a shedding device


My dog must have magical powers. That’s the only way I can explain the amount of fur he sheds and still has a full coat.

To start with, Brutie is a long-haired dog in keeping with his border collie ancestry. He does other border collie things as well. He will sit and stare at you until you want to scream. And he seems to have been born with a knack for herding.

Early evenings he will find me and herd me into the family room so we can watch television. I don’t think he has any favorite programs because once my wife and I are ensconced on the sofa, he goes to sleep.

He loves it when the grandkids come over. He herds them from room to room. Outside, he will herd them from one part of the yard to another. When they grow up and go to school, alas, I may have to buy some sheep.

Now, about the shedding. Some dogs shed and leave a fine coating of fur on the carpet. When my dog sheds, you are hard pressed to find the carpet. Layers upon layers of fur fall from his pelt. Clumps of fur float along the baseboards. He leaves a trail of fur whenever he walks through a room.

I brush him daily and get a ball of fur the size of a volleyball. I attack him weekly with a doodad called a furminator, designed to thin his coat. The ball of fur from that is the size of a basketball. I get enough fur each week to make a new dog.

Any normal dog shedding this much would be as bald as a Mexican hairless. But Brutie stays resplendent in his luxurious fur coat. I don’t know how he does it?

It’s gotta be magic.

Ward Degler lives in Zionsville with his wife and dog. He is author of “The Dark Ages of My Youth … and Times More Recent.” You can contact him at

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