Bamboo Pet Shower Massager Review

Since I have to give Riley more baths than the typical dog (for her therapy work), I decided to buy a shower sprayer to be able to actually get through to her undercoat and actually rinse off all her shampoo.  I have been having to rinse her with a cup.  We got rid of a shower sprayer right before I got Riley but the hose for it was only like 6 feet long and it wouldn’t reach the back of the tub.  Riley’s coat has two layers and the top layer beads off water and it’s really hard to get water through down to her undercoat.  Also, I was having a really hard time rinsing all the shampoo off of her coat.  In walks (well, I should say, “In gets delivered”) the Bamboo Pet Shower Massager.  Here are some pictures from the manufacturer:

I found this an easy product to install.  I had read that some people had trouble installing it but I don’t really know why.  You just take your regular shower head off, put some Teflon tape (included) around the threads of your shower pipe, screw on the diverter, put more Teflon tape around the threads of the diverter, attach your old shower head, then connect the hose and massager head to the bottom of the diverter.

Riley was okay with the sprayer when it wasn’t on her…  She got really freaked out by the water spraying on her, I guess because she’s never really experienced that before.  She tried to scramble out of the bathtub but I managed to keep her in there.  The poor thing had her tail between her legs until I set the sprayer down to shampoo her.  I was sweet talking her the whole time to keep her in the tub.  Once I shampooed her, I started spraying her again, telling her it was okay.  Lo-and-behold, her tail came out from in between her legs.  I started massaging her with the shower massager and she didn’t seem to mind it then.  And the best things were that I was easily able to wet her undercoat with the sprayer and I was able to completely rinse all the shampoo out of her coat.

Hopefully she won’t be as freaked out next time!!  She’ll be getting used to it.  Treats help out my cause too…

The FURminator

Riley thinking she’s small enough to be a lap dog…  I think not!
I bought a nifty little grooming tool on sale at Amazon the other day and it came in the mail today.  It’s called the “FURminator” and it’s the most amazing pet product I’ve found.  After we got back from walking the dogs I tried it out.  It pulls out dead hair from Riley’s undercoat.  She has two coats, a black top coat and a tan undercoat.  If you pet her black areas against the grain all you see is tan.  So this thing got out a TON of tan hair from underneath her black hair.  I got about a fourth of a grocery bag full and only used it for about 10 minutes total.  The hair just comes off in big piles.  The only problem I had was that Riley wanted to try to eat the piles of hair that were coming off.  I’m surprised she doesn’t look bald, as much hair as I got off of her.  She enjoyed the good brushing which was surprising to me.  Her coat’s noticeably more shiny and now hair doesn’t come off on your hand every time you pet her.  I would say it’s worth the $20 or so investment.  They’re on sale right now at Amazon.com.

The “FURminator!”
FURminator Website