If you like having a clean house, owning two large, hairy, shedding dogs is probably not for you.
If, however, you take great satisfaction in the cleaning process, maybe you should consider getting a couple big mutts.
Here’s why: They shed fur constantly, which means that even if you sweep your floors every day, there will be a monstrous amount of hair waiting for you the next day. I like seeing a visible before and after with anything I do – be it ticking items off a to-do list, wiping down a counter, or sweeping the floors. If you can’t tell that you’ve done something, what’s the point of doing it? That’s what I always say.
Having a baby has provided me with a few extra ‘satisfying’ tasks to add to my list. Some were expected, like wiping of baby’s butt. I figured that would be both horrifying and fascinating, and I was right.
Something I did not expect, though, was how satisfying it can be to give Baby E a bath. She’s still far too little to really get dirty unless I spill cookie batter on her head (which admittedly happens on a weekly basis), since we make a concerted effort to keep her butt clean on an ongoing basis. But she is now eating quite a bit. So she’d getting bigger. And wider. And chubbier. And there is one part of her body that has grown to such a size that it has developed its own gravitational field and pulls any crud within a certain distance towards it, then hides it for us to find later: her chin.
Specifically, her second chin.
At this point, that thing hangs down like Santa Claus’ beard, and giving its underside a good wipe in the bath yields almost as many dust bunnies as sweeping the floors.
I know that as she grows a bit and moves a bit more, her extra rolls and creases will probably subside a little (or a lot). But for my own selfish reasons, I don’t want her to lose her extra chin – not by the hair on (or rather, under) it.