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News and Information about Dogs, Cats, and Pet Products

Hey!  It’s Jen from the Two Bostons, Burr Ridge store…here to tell you about my favorite product right now!

It’s about that time of year again when most of our dogs are blowing their coats.  Whether they are a long coated dog or short coated dog, here is hair EVERYWHERE this time of year.

My absolute favorite product to use to combat this problem is the FURminator shampoo and conditioner.  It contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and papaya leaf extract that will help loosen and release the undercoat during a bath!  You will literally see all of the dead coat fall off your dog as you rinse them off.FURminator-Shampoo-Conditioner
cleandogYou want to leave the shampoo and conditioner on for 2-5 minutes each to make sure you get the best results.  If you have a ZoomGroom Brush by Kong, you can use it to lather the shampoo and conditioner in the dog’s coat during the bath (your hand work just fine too, if you don’t have a zoom groom).

You will have a NEW dog when you’re finished, and your dog will feel ten pounds lighter!!  You won’t have to sweep your floor as much, and your dog will be so much more comfortable with all that dead coat off its body.

Another amazing tool to follow up with after the bath, is the FURminator brush.  To use the brush, you just follow the direction of the coat and watch the hair come off!  Only brush between 10-15 times in the same spot so you don’t irritate your dog’s skin.  If you are uncomfortable with the FURminator brush, continue using the Zoom Groom brush and you will still get a lot of extra hair off.

kong_zoom_groomThe ZoomGroom Brush by Kong, that I mentioned early is the best grooming and shampooing brush available.  It removes loose hair like a magnet, and it stimulates capillaries and natural oil production for healthy skin and a healthy coat.  Not only does it remove hair while shampooing, it will give your pup a massage while you brush.  It is made in the USA, comes in two colors and two sizes.

We carry all of the products mentioned at all of the Two Bostons’ stores.  Come and visit us to see the magic for yourself, then just sit back and enjoy your summer!

 

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Hello again! Ever since warmer weather got underway a few months ago, dog owners have been noticing the return of an all-too-familiar problem: SHEDDING! Even the shortest coats can become a nuisance; and unless you just love to accessorize your outfits with clumps of pet fur, owners aren’t exactly fond of all this extra hair lying around. In the past, we’ve talked about the Furminator and its awesome ability to reduce shedding by eliminating the undercoat of loose fur. Today, Shenzi and I are here to share another fantastic brush alternative that really gets rid of all that loose hair — the Zoom Groom by Kong!

The Zoom Groom is essentially a rounded rubber brush that’s unique because it “sucks” the loose fur off your pup’s coat like a magnet. The fur sticks to the rubber — which makes the brush extremely easy to clean. Plus, because it’s made of pliable material, it’s also extra-gentle on sensitive pet skin and won’t scratch or irritate your pet. Zoom Groom comes in a number of snazzy colors, and it’s perfect for cats too. Cute little dog and cat designs are even featured right on the brush!

 

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Shenzi definitely felt pampered — and the ZoomGroom definitely felt full of loose fur — after our “spa day” grooming session.

 

Shenzi is a German Pointer/Italian Greyhound mix (and probably a few other things besides!), so she has very short hair that doesn’t need much more than a bath every few weeks to stay looking fresh and groomed. She sheds a fair bit, but I was curious to see just how much loose hair was really hanging on her coat. After using the Zoom Groom, I was amazed at how much actually came off! I got at least a handful of fur off my mid-sized, 45 pound dog!

Zoom Groom was super-easy to use, and the hair collected in a neat little pile near Shenzi’s tail which made cleanup a breeze. Best of all, my girl absolutely LOVES being groomed with this tool! She got down and stretched out to make it easier for me, which shows just how relaxed she felt with a soft rubber brush as opposed to hard wire bristles that could scratch up her skin and make her uncomfortable. After our brushing session, Shenzi’s shedding was noticeably reduced for about two weeks with just a few quick touch-ups in between.

So if you’re looking for a gentle yet super-effective brush option that is perfect for dogs with sensitive skin, grooming anxiety, or shorter coats, I’d definitely recommend coming in to try out the Zoom Groom today. Your canine or feline friend will feel like they’re getting a soothing massage, and you (along with your favorite black pants) are sure to notice the difference right away!

 

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Lilu is my own little powerhouse combination of Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Shetland Sheepdog. Today, I’m going to explore her Welsh Corgi side and share a bit of information with you. The Welsh Corgi is a small herding dog that originated in Wales. Two breeds are recognized: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (half of my Lilu), and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is typically more common.

Each breed of Corgi is named for its county of origination in Wales. Bone structure, body length, and size also determine true breed classification. Cardigan corgis are larger, have more rounded ears, and have this incredible tail than makes them look even longer than they already are! My girl is a little bit smaller and does not have that long tail. She has a Corgi butt, and when she runs her butt looks like a little rabbit butt bounding away. If you have a Corgi, you know exactly what I mean!

The Pembroke is the oldest of the herding breeds, and was bred to herd cattle. Seems crazy with those tiny, short legs – but when you realize how strong-willed Pembrokes really are, you can imagine them nipping at the heels of cows and sheep and getting that herd to go in the proper direction. Those little legs may suggest a slower pace, but don’t underestimate them — they move much more quickly than you think!

Corgis are prone to hip dysplasia, glaucoma, and weight gain; but they’re also loving, high-energy, and very fast learners. So be careful when feeding them, and keep them busy! Flyball, tracking, agility training, and herding activities all tap directly into their innate skills and strengths. Average life expectancy is about 12-15 years.

 

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The Corgi coat is pretty dense and sheds a lot; so if you’re looking to keep your black pants clean, a Corgi might not be your best bet. Thankfully, though, there’s the Furminator — it’s an absolute must when you have this breed of dog, especially in the Spring. In fact, my fiancé and I both agree that the Furminator is our favorite tool right now. It is used to de-shed a dog by gently removing the undercoat while leaving the topcoat intact. Used properly, it won’t damage or irritate a dog’s delicate skin. There certainly isn’t any way to eliminate shedding completely, but the Furminator comes close (in the photos above, notice that it’s created a pile of fur nearly half the size of the original Corgi!). Check out our previous blog on the Furminator and how it’s used. Then stop by any Two Bostons store to try the Furminator firsthand … I promise you’ll LOVE the outcome!

Remember that if you decide to adopt one or more Corgi puppies, you really have NO choice but to come show them off to me at one of our stores! So that said, I hope to see you soon!!

 

Shed Happens…for some dogs more than others.

Hi everyone, Kate again.  These may be silly questions, but is your dog guilty of leaving tufts of fur around the house or coating the sofas like a decorative cover? Is your vacuum clogging from dog fur time and again? I recently went to visit my parents and their Siberian Huskies and this is what I saw!  (Shh!  Don’t tell them I am publicly posting this!)

Sara has been blowing her winter coat for a couple of weeks now, leaving those small tufts of white fur everywhere. I went back to visit with the Furminator in hand to help control the shedding. After just a few brushing sessions Sara was looking slim!

This fur has been collected over a week’s time from Sara alone.

Now she’s ready for Spring!

You may be asking how the Furminator works. It is a fine-toothed comb that pulls the dead fur from the undercoat. It does not cut or damage the top coat. Since some breeds do not have an undercoat, it is not recommended for dogs that are classified as “non-shedding”. By weekly and even daily brushing you are collecting dead fur and dander and preventing it from hanging on until it conveniently decides to let go onto your sofa or car seat.

This brush is great for dogs of all fur lengths, as my beagle, Remington has benefited from a good brushing as well. I used his regular brush immediately followed by the Furminator. Regular brushing missed this much!

 

We have 3 sizes of the Furminator brush in stock at both of our Two Bostons locations. This brush is great not only for dogs but also cats, rabbits and horses! In fact, this product is ideal for cats that are especially prone to hairballs. If you still aren’t completely convinced the Furminator is going to work for you, we urge you to give it a try. The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee for their brushes.