Posted October 9, 2012 11:24 am - Updated October 10, 2012 04:57 pm

The Trouble With Being Harrie


I have hair envy.  I have always wanted thick, long and flowing hair.  I have, however, been blessed with fine hair that began to turn gray at an early age. I say ‘blessed’ because I guess it could be worse.  Some of you can probably attest to that.


When I first met Harrie, he was in my care as a foster dog.  He had thick, long, flowing and soft brown/black hair.  Maybe I was instantly attracted his hair.  He is a really sweet guy, but I think, looking back, that that hair was what won me over.  I adopted him a few months later.


Harrie was likely a “foreclosure dog” out of Atlanta.  I’m not sure if he arrived at the animal shelter with his name, or if they named him once he was available for adoption.  But, Harrie is definitely hairy. 


Wherever we go, people want to pet Harrie.  He is a beautiful dog and people are amazed at how soft he is.  Harrie really loves being a Registered Therapy Dog and he’s very good with the elderly and children.  Because he is frequently out in the public eye, I have to keep him well groomed.  So, every couple of weeks, we have to soak, lather, rinse, condition, rinse and dry all of that hair.  You can imagine that this is not a chore that either he or I look forward to.


Over the past year, Harrie has begun to itch.  We’ve changed foods, treats, shampoos and conditioners.  We’ve walked more and we’ve walked less.  He has been on Benadryl and Claritin.  We tried different flea medicines, although he has rarely had a flea.  He takes a daily Brewer’s Yeast.  I even gave him Vitamin E supplements – until that gave him diarrhea. And now, I’m at my wits ends.


You see, the trouble with being Harrie is that he is very hairy.  And somewhere in the mystery and depths of all of that beautiful hair lies the secret to his itch.  If only I could brush that secret out of his fur and make it go away.  


Do you have any tricks to keeping your dog’s coat soft and shiny – and itch free?  If so, I’d love to know your ideas. 


Until next week, wag on, Augusta!!