So here's the update on the Dyson Animal 62. For the cost of $549 Canadian dollars... don't bother. It looked a bit cheap and junky on the exterior but the amazing sucking power drew me in. I figured it would be amazing to have in the laundry room / mud room for quick clean ups between vacuum days. While using this tool, I did not like that the fan blew the hot air back onto me while I vacuumed. I'm hot enough these days when I clean without this addition. There is no "on" button on this machine. Instead it is a small trigger in the handle that has to be continuously held down while vacuuming. It isn't a large area so my hand never felt comfortable holding the trigger down. It worked for all of 5 days. Keep in mind that it wasn't used every day and when it was, it was just for a small fragment of time. By day 5, when I held the trigger down it would not continue to run. It would go on and off repeatedly. Bad connection? Who knows? That sucker was brought back to Bed Bath & Beyond in a hurry. They are amazing for returns and happily refunded me my money. I have given up hope on the cordless rechargeable vacuum. I'll be kicking it old school and dragging out the broom for in between floor touch ups in my somewhat sandy mudroom. Boo to icy roads and sand trucks that dominate our Canadian winter.
Hey, tomorrow is a big day around here. It's Maggie's birthday and she is turning 9! Yeah, I know she is only a dog but I honestly had serious doubts that she would be with me this long. Both Gus and my first dog, Toby, came from the same breeder as Maggie. Sadly, they both developed life threatening illnesses at the age of 7 and had to be put down. I appreciate this little one every day that she is in my life.... even when she is whining to come in and out just so she can sniff the night air... even when she punishes me for leaving the house by picking through bathroom garbage if I dare forget to close the bathroom door and even if she barks at me like a crazy dog when I return home, letting me know that it is not cool to go out without her. In her 9 years of life she has had bladder stones removed, a lump removed which was thankfully not cancerous and a knee surgery. She has arthritis in her "good" knee and is on daily pain medication so she doesn't limp and has a good quality of life. But, she is still going strong. Heres to making it to the double digit number of 10 in 2016! I love this little one. :)