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“Deluxe” FURminator easier on the hands

FURminator_blue_angle_01042The friendly folks at FURminator keep making a great, if pricey, product better — and ever more frustratingly difficult to get out of the package.

The product I was sent — the new fur-ejecting FURminator with an improved handle — worked amazingly well. They’ve improved the fur-ejecting technology, so, unlike with earlier models, hair shoots right out of the deshedding tool with the simple push of a button. The new handle is contoured to better fit the hand.

But the packaging! Why manufacturers insist on encasing their products in thick, clear plastic cocoons that take a hacksaw to open, I’ll never understand.

Perhaps it is to suggest that their product is so valuable it rates a hermetically sealed shroud that can be opened only by a team of physics majors.

Once I did manage to free the Deluxe FURminator from its package, which also featured a twisted wire to hold it firmly into its mold, it was smooth sailing.

As with earlier versions, it did a magnificent job of removing my dog’s loose hair and undercoat. In 15 minutes, not counting the 30 minutes it took to open it, I’d removed enough hair to fill a grocery bag. With the new and far more comfortable handle, I could have filled enough for two more bags, but I figured Ace might want to keep a little undercoat for winter.

The small “Deluxe Collection” FURminator, with fur ejector, retails for around $50, and the FURminator website lists some of the stores in which you can find it. The Deluxe Collection went on sale in pet stores today.

As for my now slightly used model, I repackaged it as best I could and it will be awarded — by Santa himself — to a worthy dog at the upcoming Pet Photos with Santa event at Riverside Park in Baltimore. (Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon). Proceeds from the event go to the Franky Fund for the care of sick and injured animals at Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS).


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time December 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Cool news! I am definitely not one to jump on the latest marketing scheme, but so many folks — including ohmidog! — ranted about the FURminator for so long that I finally succumbed last end-of-winter. It is revolutionarily different than any dog grooming tool I have ever tried. I was waiting for some much-cheaper knock-off to hit the PetSmart shelves, but it never happened. But shoot! Now I’m gonna lust for the newest iteration! Four big dogs, lots of fur always, but decidedly less fur-balls drifting around my floors….plus the dogs seem quite spruced and happy! Smooth strokes, no tangles or pulls, great results.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 1, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I’m going to have to get one of these. Recent events have redefined social anxiety as “two Beagle owners en route to a formal wedding.” That involves a man in a black tuxedo and a woman in a black dress getting into a car with black upholstery, all the while attempting to remain free of white dog hairs. Sticky lint rollers just don’t get the job done.