Saturday, December 20, 2008

I broke down

I bought a Dyson. If you have been reading this blog long enough you may remember my episode with a previous vacuum and know that this is a decision I have wrestled with for quite some time. I had replaced a small piece on my cheap vacuum over the summer and last night the same piece wore out again. It's inexpensive and easy to replace but I think it's just a flaw in the machine. Anyway, since I have some bonus money coming and, again, we can't go without a vacuum we headed to Kohl's. Fortunately vacuums were on sale and we had a coupon so we got a decent deal. We also netted $60 in Kohl's cash to spend later :) I didn't pay the extra $150 for the one on the pivoting ball or the "animal" model. It just didn't seem worth it. And once I got it home and used it I'm glad I didn't get the one on the ball since the basic model seemed relatively light and easy to handle for the size and suction. We'll see if it lives up to all the hype.

We also visited the new Petco and got a cat door so we can allow Jelly to come in the laundry room if the temperatures in the garage become too unacceptable for her in the winter and summer. And it locks so we can keep her out there if we need to. I know you're thinking why would we want to let a cat who pees everywhere in with our laundry but we don't actually keep laundry in there-just the washer and dryer. It's too small to actually store the laundry-one of the few things we don't like about this house. There is a ridiculously large bathroom that could have been made smaller to allow a larger laundry area. Oh well-guess it's working out ok.

Peyton is doing great on housebreaking. She is no longer having accidents in her crate OR her ex-pen. And she has only had one accident in the house or clinic in several days. I actually feel like I don't have to watch her every single second now and can let her play while I get a few things done.

And yes that is her hanging out on top of her crate! Future agility star? Perhaps! And I'm sure many of you are wondering, but no-we are not keeping her. Rescue has a lot of interest and applications on her but they are waiting to find the best possible home for such a special girl.


Greg S said...

I hope your Dyson works out better than ours did. My wife is convinced we got a faulty model, based on all the positive hype we have heard. We got the "animal ball" model or whatever they call it, and found that it spent much time rolling the dog fur into balls or snakes before it would actually suck it up into the vacuum. She "retired" it out to the training building which has a very low pile carpet, and it seems to do fine there, but it really wasn't very good for thicker carpet. We replaced it with a Sears model that I saw profiled on the Today show sometime ago and its working great.

Sara said...

Like Greg, I have a sears model (progressive drive) too - and love it so much I am constantly talking about it at work. People think I'm nuts, but it really works. I've had it for at least 5 years - no problems. Although, I must admit I have been intrigued by the Dyson commercials, let us know how it works!

Peyton is so cute!

Diana said...

Well, I have a Dyson. I have the canister model because I really have never liked uprights. So far its been great. It has vacuumed all surfaces without problems. I just cant believe my carpets are that dirty. The puppy is very, very cute. diana