Monday, 9 March 2015

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Cro has just listed the positive and negative traits of living with Monty the dog, now that Monty is no longer with us, and I couldn't help but think that all the negatives would have been tolerated tenfold, just to get him back again.

One of the negatives was Monty's moulting - leaving fur about all over the place etc.

H.I. has long, luxuriant hair, which surprises me because she moults as well and - she tells me - she has done since she was a child. Her father used to complain about the way her hair wrapped itself around the rollers of the vacuum cleaner, and - as I know because of emptying ours - it still does.

After going around the place with our vacuum cleaner, you just would not believe the great bundles of hair which clog-up the filter of our machine. I unwrap it, hold it in my hand, look at it and then at her head, then back again, incredulous that she still has any left - but it looks just as thick and glamorous as it did before I picked the rest of it up off the floor.

She sheds enough to make a very comfortable bird's nest each time she washes it, and she washes it very often.

Every now and then I have dark thoughts, and one of the darkest is that - God forbid - she dies before me and am left alone in this compact but adorable city apartment.

I don't think I could stay here under these circumstances, because I know I would be finding her hairs all over the place - in corners and out-of-the-way places - for years to come, and I don't think I could stand that.

So now I rejoice when I untangle them from the filter of our cleaner, taking each day as it comes.

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  1. Now that Spring is coming, do hang those hairs outside in a little net bag so that the birds can have them to line their nests.

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    1. I have a friend who does that with his dog groomings, Weave. Here in town, we only have pigeons, gulls and blackbirds. The pigeons and blackbirds only use twigs and the gulls only use moss and other crap, otherwise I would!

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    2. I suppose I could leave them outside so that people can make voodoo dolls out of it.

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  2. I like Weaver's comment... We used to do that with Monty, and were amazed by how many local nests had Monty hair linings.

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    1. I would have done it with Lord Montgomery of Alamein, but he didn't have enough to spare.

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  3. Peter also has long hair and moults. I don't know about the vacuum cleaner because I don't do it but I know the bath plug hole and I never come over all loving about it, and hairs all over the place in the bathroom. Maybe I should try harder to find that loving feeling.

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  4. Ps I like the blog post title, very romantic.

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    1. He;s got long moults as well? Lucky you. Do they get in the way?

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    2. No, he ties them back, thanks.

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  5. You made her sound a little like a springer spaniel
    But it was rather sweet dispite that

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    1. No poison meat in this case, though.

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  6. Hair today . . . groan tomorrow. In my case it's getting thinner. My bro has lost nearly all his.
    I sometimes find one of Lady G's hair in my soup but so far have I always managed find it before I could choke.

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    1. I bet you used to seek them out in the old days.

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  7. My hair is always winding itself around various parts of our Dyson…. just a little drawback from having long hair !XXXX

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    1. If you use power tools, tie it back then. I've seen some nasty accidents.

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  8. Beautiful.
    I'm a moulter too. And on your final dark dark thought, I remember telling a boyfriend he would find me in his bed for six months after I'd left.

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  9. I find my hairs hanging on the clothesline! Weird

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