The Ultimate Guide to Pet Allergy Vacuums


Vacuuming is never fun.  But it is necessary.  This is especially true if you have pets.  Having a great vacuum cleaner can certainly be a huge help when it comes to managing pet hair.  Choosing a new vacuum cleaner can be tough.  There are so many manufacturers (each with several different models) that claim they’ll be your new best friend when it comes to cleaning up after man’s best friend that you can quickly become overwhelmed and frustrated.  Before getting sucked into the hype and marketing gimmicks, it would be a good idea to understand some vacuum cleaner basics that can help you determine which model will work best for you.


The most important element of a vacuum cleaner’s functionality is airflow.  Not motor power or suction power.  Airflow.  The motor does dictate overall power, including airflow, and airflow drives suction.  The motor powers a fan that causes air pressure within the machine to drop, creating a vacuum that causes air to be pulled into the machine, along with any dust and dirt in the vicinity.  This air and the dust collected are moved through the filtration system and into the bag or canister.  The debris stays trapped, and the air is sent out through an exhaust port.  The stronger a machine’s airflow is, the better it will work.  Many models that claim superior motor and suction power actually have airflow systems that aren’t well sealed.  Leaks along the airflow route affect suction.  A machine with a great suction rating combined with poor airflow will not maintain optimum suction beyond the first few minutes of operation.  Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute.  A higher CFM is one of the best indicators of a vacuum cleaner’s overall performance ability.  CFM is usually measured without any attachments connected, so any rating you see will be for bare floor or carpet cleaning and may drop a little when attachments are used.  

A well-sealed air flow circuit combined with a great filtration system is the best way to make sure that your vacuum cleaner picks up and then retains as much dust, dirt, and pet hair as possible.  We’ve established that great airflow means more dirt gets sucked up.  The dirt-filled air being pulled into the machine passes through a filter.  This filter should ensure that all of the dust stays in its receptacle, leaving only clean air to pass through the exhaust port and back into your room.  An optimum airflow/filtration combo will make your cleaning efforts more effective and could even mean that you can vacuum a little less often.

The next thing to consider is the type of flooring you have.  Vacuum cleaners designed for carpets work differently than those designed for bare floors.  Carpet heads contain roller brushes designed to brush the carpet at a fairly high speed, causing dirt below the surface to be stirred up and sucked up.  Bare floor models sit closer to the floor and work on direct suction without this agitation.  Pet owners with carpet should look for brush roller heads with softer, shorter bristles.  This type of brush head is less likely to end up so entangled with pet hair that it becomes virtually ineffective.  If you’re a pet owner with no carpet, the airflow and filtration really are your only performance concerns.

Once you’ve got your performance issues sorted out, you can look at accessibility issues.  If you have furniture that’s raised off of the floor, you need a vacuum cleaner that can get to the flooring under your furniture.  Some machines have a low enough profile to go under furniture, but most will rely on attachments for this kind of work.  When considering attachments, look for pieces that will let you clean vertical and overhead surfaces, furniture surfaces, stairs (if you have them) as well as the nooks and crannies throughout your house.  The key to controlling pet hair (and allergens) is to remove as much of it as possible every time you clean.  A vacuum cleaner with awesome airflow that lets you reach every corner could be your new best friend when it comes to cleaning up after your favorite fur babies.

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What to Know Before You Adopt a Greyhound


Greyhounds are racers, professionally trained dogs. They also have some unique characteristics.

Greyhound racing,two dogs running close to the rails

They are usually raised in crates between the ages of 4 and 18 months. They spend most of their time there between training and exercise sessions. They consider the crates to be their own private den where they cannot be bothered by other dogs.

Like most dogs they have a pack mentality and live according to the social structure of a hierarchy. They are very social animals because they are raised with so many others of their kind.

For greyhounds to thrive they need to clearly know who the leader or alpha is in their pack. In packs there is much proving and competing in order to determine who the alpha is. They learn how to behave appropriately by following the lead of the alpha.

The pack leader ensures the survival of the pack by making sure that the members are healthy and safe. When you become the proud owner of a greyhound, they will expect you to be their alpha and will look to you for guidance and discipline. Without this guidance the greyhound may think that they are the pack leader and be undisciplined.

Most behaviour problems are caused because owners do not understand their role as pack leader. They can inadvertently reinforce timid and apprehensive behaviour in their dogs by trying to avoid distressing situations in order to comfort a fearful or nervous dog.

They do not really understand what cats are and if they have only been raised with their own kind they may not be familiar with other dog breeds either. They could be confused or frightened by them or simply ignore them. While in a conflict they do not understand how to protect themselves by fleeing so they may freeze when afraid.

A very interesting thing about Greyhounds is the they are sight hounds. Salukis, Afghans and other southern wolf hounds are all related to the greyhound. It makes the uses for this beautiful animal different than for a dog who seeks only through scent. They do have exceptional hearing and sense of smell but when hunting they will work in tandem with other dogs and perform their maneuvers spontaneously based on sight. They don’t usually bark but will if they are agitated or need to go out.

Greyhounds travel well. They have a very calm temperament but it is important to keep them warm in inclement weather as they do not have a layer of fat to protect them from the cold. In bad weather they should be wearing a coat.

Contact with a greyhound is normally very functional and pragmatic. They do not get a lot of attention other than what is required during their training for the track but are not usually maltreated or misused.

It’s not ordinary for them to show affection but if they have a relationship with you they may gently grasp your hand and lick it. They will surprise you by holding their mouths agape like a wolf might or by rubbing up against you. All in all, greyhounds make wonderful pets.

Great Reasons to Adopt a Greyhound


For anyone who is looking for a gentle, laid back and affectionate dog that is not only well suited to apartment living but is also clean and low maintenance a greyhound may well be the perfect choice.

While most people automatically associate greyhounds with the world of dog racing the truth is that when they are not running around a track greyhounds are very quiet, laid back dogs. For busy people the fact that greyhounds are also fairly low maintenance is a bonus.

Provided a greyhound has a comfortable place to sleep, a full belly and is treated with loving kindness they will be affectionate, loyal companions for life.

When looking to add a four-legged member to the family a greyhound should definitely be considered. The following is a list of some of the reason a greyhound makes a great choice:

  1. Great Apartment Dwellers


Greyhounds like nothing more than to stretch out on a couch or rug and go to sleep. Greyhound owners who have full time jobs will often come home from work and find their beloved pet in the exact same position as when they left that morning. While greyhounds appear to be nothing but lounging dogs they do need exercise to burn off stored energy, so taking them out for a walk each day is advised. If unable to do that a greyhound can be satisfied chasing a ball up and down the passage a few times. Outdoor exercise is preferred as it is good for a greyhound’s physical and mental well being to not be cooped up in a house or apartment all day every day.

  1. Well Mannered

Greyhounds tend to be a little bit reserved, however they are very well mannered, quiet and respectful dogs. A greyhound may hang back a little when presented with a stranger but is not likely to make a lot of noise or fuss. While being a little standoffish with strangers they are great companions to their owners and will return affection in bucket loads.

  1. Active and Adventurous


Greyhounds enjoy an adventure just as much as their owners. Whether it be a walk in the park, a long hike, a bicycle ride or just about any other outdoor activity, greyhounds are happy to be out with their owners. Greyhounds are great for taking along on car rides and to visit family and friends because they are quiet and well mannered.

  1. Expert at Relaxing

Greyhounds are very relaxed and like nothing more than a comfortable spot to sleep in, sometimes for up to 16 hours a day. Greyhounds tend to sleep on their backs with their legs stretched out at all angles, a position called “roaching”. While this is a favorite position greyhounds have an amazing ability to sleep in very awkward positions. Prospective owners should be aware that once a greyhound realizes how comfy the couch is it is likely that they won’t give it up.

  1. Laid Back


Perfect for people who don’t want any drama or fuss in their lives, greyhounds are very laid back for the most part. They are able to enjoy a quiet relaxed night in front of the television with their owners as much as a walk in the park. Greyhounds tend to adapt their activity level to that of their owners, provided they get sufficient exercise on a regular basis. Ex-racing dogs sometimes require the opportunity to have a short burst of intense activity but must be kept contained to prevent them running off.

  1. One of the Family

Greyhounds are ideal for family situations. With plenty of affection to give they enjoy getting lots of attention from everyone in the family. Their quiet, gentle manner makes them a safe dog to have around small children.

  1. Part of a Supportive Community

Greyhound owners understand and appreciate the uniqueness of the breed, and like nothing more than to talk to other like-minded greyhound owners. Once a person adopts a greyhound they become a member of a special group of people who are only too willing and happy to give advice, help out when needed and provide information about their beloved breed.

  1. Very Loving

While not true of every dog a typical greyhound loves to be around their owner, providing companionship and affection in return for being able to ‘hang out’ together. Greyhounds love to be cuddled and patted at every opportunity and in return will be loyal and loving to their owners.