November 16, 2013 16 Comments
Leave it to another owner of two Newfs to morbidly declare November 16 National Slobber Appreciation Day.
It’s weird, but it’s right up our alley!
Moses is a drooly dog. There’s no getting past it.
Alma, while less so with her smaller jowls, still has moments befitting any Newf.
As a brand-new dog owner when we got Moses, I was really quite… well, prissy, when it came to the drool. Or at least I used to be. We would carry “drool rags” everywhere with us, and we’d wipe him down before meeting new people.
But now? Well, after you experience finding drool on your walls, ceiling, bookshelves, car windows… and get drool flung on your clothes, in your hair, and – the ultimate of grossness – on your face… let’s just say the drool rags are long gone.
It’s now pet-at-your-own-risk if you want to meet the Newfs.
It took a while – and a healthy stock of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers – to fully come to terms with the drool, but it’s all about trade-offs.
For example, a little visible slobber means more people leave you alone to enjoy a nice, peaceful dog walk.
And I’d much rather deal with occasional drool than excessive shedding.
Now, that’s not to say Newfs don’t shed.
Just like “dry-mouth” Newfs are a myth, so are non-shedding or hypo-allergenic dogs – it’s just a matter of how much and what type of coat.
Newfoundlands, with their double coat, shed mostly as the seasons change; it’s particularly bad in the spring as they slim down for summer. But their oily water-dog coat means their fur doesn’t stick to clothes or furniture. Instead, it gathers on the floor and roams around the house like soft, charcoal tumbleweeds.
I compare this to the shedding of labs, retrievers, and shepherds, where you can’t leave the house without a lint roller. To me, a little slobber is easy to handle in comparison.
So, do I appreciate slobber? I don’t know I’d go that far. But I certainly appreciate Moses and Alma.
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