The unsolicited — and wildly enthusiastic — endorsements that I got for the FURminator de-shedding tool in the comments section of several of my grooming posts caught the attention of the folks at the company that manufacturers it. They offered me one of their new, deluxe models, with a sleek ergonomic handle design and FURejector button, to try.

Frankie would be completely bald if I used a FURminator on him so, instead, I’m going to give it away to someone who really needs it.  Someone with a very hairy dog.

How hairy is very hairy? Well, that’s what I’d like to know. The winner of this tool needs to convince me that his or her dog is the most deserving of the FURminator by sending in a comment that completes the following sentence: My dog is so hairy that…

You can tell the truth, but you don’t have to.  For example, “My dog is so hairy that you could blanket the bottom of the Grand Canyon with what she sheds” is a perfectly acceptable answer.

The contest starts today, March 3, and ends at midnight, March 7, Mountain Time. Winners will be announced March 9.

I’ll be out in Portland, OR, checking out local dog facilities — and ok, the city’s amazing restaurants, microbreweries, bookstores… — but I’ll be posting comments daily so as to avoid duplication.

Good luck, all my furry friends!

The legalities:

To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older (sorry, my Canadian pals).  Only one comment per person per giveaway post. Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded. Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid (email addresses are never public). Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A winner’s failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered a forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. All bots will be disqualified. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.

23 thoughts on “How hairy is your dog? Win a FURminator contest”

  1. Yay, I can’t wait to enter. I have a question: can you only enter once? And is there a special place to enter or do you just enter in the comments box like here?

    I suppose you already answered those questions but I didn’t quite understand…
    My BRAIN is so hairy. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for asking, Diane. I have restricted it to a single response per person this time — unlike my earlier contest — so think about it for a bit before giving it your best shot!

      And yes just submit your idea as you would any other comment.

  2. What a fun contest! I’ve never tried one of these on Tashi but with two completely different hair textures–his undercoat is like a silky down easily tangled, while the topcoat is more coarse and less readily knotted–I had my doubts that this not inexpensive tool would really work. I’m going to check out the comments again from your first post on this and see if anyone with a Shih Tzu has had good results!

  3. My dog is so hairy that every time I mention to my husband that I’d like to adopt another dog, he suggests that I just gather up all of Lucas’ fur from around the house, paste it together, sew on some button eyes, and we’ll have an Old English Sheepdog.

    On a more serious note, I think we need to get some physicists onto this shedding thing. I truly can not understand how my dogs can coat my entire house in fur every single day and not be bald. There has to be some sort of space-time continuum on their backs.

  4. Let the games begin! Based on the colossally clever entries in your last contest, competition is stiff on your site. Can’t wait to watch the entries roll in.

  5. My dog is so hairy that his fur clogged up the refrigerator condensor and broke it, so I got to buy a beautiful new refrigerator, and a furminator to brush him – he filled up three bags with fur – so now I need a bigger furminator for the other dogs! true story!

    By the way, if your fellow bloggers are interested in becoming Pet Examiners, they have lots of openings especially for different breeds, I can refer them – write me at and/or visit me at The Albuquerque Judaism Examiner (where you can also read a hot review of Edie’s book)

  6. My dog is so hairy, I could spin the hair into yarn and crochet an two afghan-one for the sofa and one for the loveseat!

  7. My dogs are so furry, that dog hair is a condiment in the house. “Ketchup, mustard, mayo, or dog hair? Oh, you already *have* the dog hair? How about covering it up with some ketchup then?”

    We have 4 Corgis that shed a ton. I was just saying to my husband that shedding season is almost upon us. EEK!

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  9. Oh yeah? Well let me tell ya – my dog is so hairy that the Yeti use her fur for their their hair extensions. Now that’s one hairy dog!!!

  10. If you want to really know how hairy my dog is, just go to the dictionary and look up “hairy dog”, and you will find a picture of my dog Sadie.

  11. Here goes:

    My dog is so hairy that it wasn’t until her first haircut that we realized that we realized he was a she!

  12. I’d enter but we just shelled out for the doubled edged Furminator – that’s how hairy our dog is!

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