My dog Cami has really dense fur. I don’t mean dense as in thick (although it is). I mean dense as in dumb. Up until a few days ago, she had her full winter coat. Here it is almost the end of August and that woolly white dog spent all summer being roasting hot because she refused to shed.
One day this week, I spent my lunch hour brushing and washing her, since she apparently rolled in something foul and was smelling really bad. A side effect of all this white dog maintenance (other than a vastly improved smell) is that washing finally triggered her fur to shed. At long last, apparently, her winter coat decided to leave.
Post-bath, having lost all her undercoat, Cami is undoubtedly feeling much better. She certainly looks thinner. It’s like we lost half a dog. (When she’s in full winter coat, her aerial view is really, really wide.)
Yes, it’s still sunny and warm outside, but you’d think that the trigger to shed would have happened a couple months ago when it was over 100 degrees. Now in the evenings, you can sort of feel the beginnings of fall in the air.
I don’t know if Cami is seasonally challenged or what. But if I had all that lovely, warm white fur, I’d certainly want it back before it’s minus 5 outside.