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Check out that hair! Denali feels cooler and happier after his first Furminator session.

Hairy situation

The Furminator.

It's the pet comb with a big price and big promises. An owner who uses the unique grooming tool on her pet for 10 to 20 minutes once or twice a week will reduce shedding by 90 percent, the Web site says.

"Yeah, right," was all I could think. Have these people seen my hardwood floors? They look scratched because of the thin coat of hair covering them. My husband and I would have to sweep every day to keep the floors looking their best. We would have to brush Denali every day, multiple times a day, just to reduce the floor sweeping to four times a week.

Wait. Maybe the Furminator could be a good idea. After all, among the Web site's photos is a picture of a beautiful Husky lying in a cloud of his own fur. Finding it on for about half the price of the pet store sealed it: We would get the Furminator.

So ... is it as good as they make it seem? Yes and no. The Furminator definitely removes more hair than the brush we had been using but we didn't come close to the amount of fur the photos show. It could be that Denali won't lie still for 20 minutes without going belly up thinking it is time for a rub session. I might also lack the patience to comb him for 20 minutes, too.

It's safe to say that we still have hair on the floor but there's less to sweep. And it should come in handy when Denali decides to "blow" his coat.