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Of Pets and Power Suits

First thing this morning I had to appear in court. WAIT! No, this is NOT a post about work, I promise!

But it’s important to tell you that I had to put on my best game face today, and we women know all too well that wearing that power suit makes you look and feel more confident. And, well, my power color is black.

But….. black power suits and pet hair do not go well together.


Do I look like I care about a petty-ante first world problem like that?

As I used the lint roller assigned to the car to give myself a final once-over before entering the courthouse, I heard myself mutter, “for once I wish I could get dressed without having to contend with pet hair.”

I stopped, and thought about what I’d just said. Really? I want to go through life without a Rumpydog to smile at me and drag me out into the sunshine when I feel like hiding in the gloom? Do I want to live without a cat like June Buggie who doesn’t take no for an answer and insists I get up when I’d really prefer to sleep all day?

Of course not!

So why did I say that?

Because I live in a world where, while it’s now acceptable to share our lives with pets, take them to parks, and spend money on them, it’s not OK to wear their hair in public. And I get that. Some people have allergies aggravated by pet hair. And it doesn’t look very attractive, does it?

Maybe it’s not the hair I’m upset about. Perhaps it’s the need to wear a power suit in the first place. Anyone who knows me knows that’s not my normal attire. And I don’t like feeling I’m being judged by what’s on the outside instead of what’s on the inside. Rumpy has never once commented on what I wear when we go for a walk. And Junior could care less what I’m wearing as long as I get my butt up and feed him.

Walkies? No, I don’t care what you wear. Let’s go, Jen!

In other words, I don’t mind dealing with the pet hair. It’s the power suits I’d rather do without.



About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


41 thoughts on “Of Pets and Power Suits

  1. I think we should blame it on those who make our clothes… they use fabric with magnetic power for pet hairs… :o(

    Posted by easyweimaraner | March 14, 2016, 11:16 AM
  2. They used to say whoever could breed a blue pin stripe pet would make millions. I am continually plagued with fur on my clothes, whether they’re my go to work clothes or my sitting around the house jeans and t-shirts, but face it, everything goes better with pet hair!

    Posted by Bikerchick | March 14, 2016, 11:32 AM
  3. Same here. But it’s infrequent we wear suits of any kind anymore and our dogs have black hair for the most part which fits in nicely, lol!

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | March 14, 2016, 12:09 PM
  4. Mom spent $900 on a leather chair because she could just wipe the dog hair off easily – no sticky brush or vacuum needed. She did not take into account that I can fly. Now the chair is scratched up like it was attacked by a cougar. She’s about to go out and buy a replacement – the cheapest faux leather she can find. She’d MUCH rather have a flying dog than a gorgeous chair. Who wouldn’t???

    Love and licks,

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | March 14, 2016, 12:24 PM
  5. When I worked, it was an issue, but I never really thought about it. Thank Dog for miracle brushes, though! Now, I get to wear comfy clothes all the time 🙂 and who cares about the hair?

    Posted by Zach S-L (@ZachieDoo) | March 14, 2016, 12:29 PM
  6. I always accessorize with cat hair. It adds something to the outfit.

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | March 14, 2016, 12:45 PM
  7. yep I’m so glad that I wear a uniform to work so much easier except I have to wash my uniform separately from everything else to stop Speedy’s fur getting on it 🙂 xx Rachel

    Posted by speedyrabbit | March 14, 2016, 12:54 PM
  8. And that’s why I live on a boat. No power suits. No bras. No shoes.

    Oh, and also, no money. 🙂

    Posted by somethingwagging | March 14, 2016, 1:09 PM
  9. Several years ago a female colleague was preparing to leave the office early to attend a funeral. As she picked lint from off the sleeves of her black dress, she commented that “black attracts everything except men and money.” I told her it “depends on how you wear the black.” If she wore a black dress with a high hemline and plunging neckline, she’d attract a bunch of men who’d then want to give her money. She was shocked at first, because she was older and married, but then she laughed.

    I know the feeling about getting all dressed up. I put on a suit a few weeks ago to visit a client. I hadn’t put on one in months, so I felt like I was walking into a bait shop wearing a tuxedo. At one point, some 25 years ago, I had close to 40 suits; plus a slew of separate dress jackets and slacks.

    Posted by Alejandro De La Garza | March 14, 2016, 1:27 PM
  10. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by vivavets | March 14, 2016, 1:51 PM
  11. When I worked I had to wear suits most of the time and I had cats. Their hair presented a problem even with a lint roller. I decided to get undressed in my walk-in closet and hang my the skirts inside out. I hung a sheet from the shelf to the floor and hung the jackets behind it. It kept the cat hair off my cloths. I would get dressed just before I put my coat on and was leaving the house.

    Posted by BJ Pup (Lynda) | March 14, 2016, 3:18 PM
    • Wow! Great idea! I will remember that in case my next job requires dressing up. Oh, and I agree about the time change and will comment when I get in my laptop. It’s too complicated to comment on other blog posts from my phone.

      Posted by rumpydog | March 14, 2016, 3:28 PM
  12. I have given up on black … and I warn people who come to our house! Furniture is called fur-niture for a reason, Clothes should be the same.

    Posted by bumpyroadtobubba | March 14, 2016, 7:27 PM
    • It is a bit ridiculous, isn’t it? We shave off our hair then spend obscene amounts of money to adorn our bodies with cheap imitations. You’d never see one of our dogs do something so stupid.

      Posted by rumpydog | March 14, 2016, 8:21 PM
  13. I am so with you on that. When will I find a job that just pays me to stay at home and love on animals?!

    Posted by 25castleson25clouds (@25cson25cs) | March 15, 2016, 4:57 AM
  14. Not sure there’s enough lint rollers for pet sheds. Too bad us uprights feel like we have to be perfectly sans pet hair when having to impress society. I saw a woman the other day at the store and the front was perfect. When she passed me, her entire back-side was covered in some sort of pet hair and it made me actually smile. PS. Hope your court appearance was successful. 😉

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | March 15, 2016, 10:48 AM
  15. People are always advised to wear black when they come to our house 🙂 Unless of course they want contrasting effect!!!!

    Posted by Austin Towers | March 15, 2016, 12:55 PM
  16. I don’t think anything is more pervasive than beagle hair. Clean clothes in the closet, nowhere near him, still have beagle hair on them!! But yeah, it is embarrassing when my dress black pants have hair all up and down them from someone rubbing up against me as I was getting ready to leave the house.

    Posted by dogear6 | March 15, 2016, 11:39 PM
  17. Right on, Jen! When Moosey was still alive, we were guaranteed that we’d have noticeable pet hair on our clothes. He had white fur, and Gracie and Zoe have black fur. Oh well. 🙂

    Posted by meowmeowmans | March 17, 2016, 10:03 PM
  18. TW seconds that emotion. She hasn’t worn a dress, skirt, suit since she retired 9 years ago. She wears my furs proudly.

    Posted by Cathy Keisha | March 21, 2016, 9:48 AM
  19. Ditto and keep the pets and dump the suits (UGH well familiar with the lint roller in the car..and that one spot you always forget about…but the plus side if there’s a really obnoxious person in the office you dislike who just happens to be allergic to pet hair such as tidbits that hitched a ride unnoticed that morning, and there’s always that seat next to them in meetings….)

    Posted by philosophermouseofthehedge | March 21, 2016, 3:09 PM
  20. I have almost cured my bipeds of wearing black! They say it isn’t worth the effort! They would feel neglected if they didn’t find some white hair on their clothes.

    Posted by Clowie | March 22, 2016, 9:10 AM
  21. I totally agree with you….when we have pets at home, they sometimes make us look less nice because of pets hair or of their smell….but they give us more smiles than the time when we didn’t have them!

    Posted by eripanwkevin | March 23, 2016, 8:39 AM

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