After A Brush…

….he still looks like this!

Charlie has SO MUCH WOOL, it takes a few full weeks for it all to loosen and come off. It happens in the same weird pattern every year: ears and legs first; then tail, back knees and flanks; belly, head, reverse mohawk (down the center of his back); ending with shoulders, sides, chest, and, very last, the spot where his tail meets his body. Shedding takes this exact route every single year! I’m betting he’ll be slick next week.

photo taken July 2016

one year ago: Sacked Out And Shedding
two years ago: Bonjour
three years ago: Losing His Tail
four years ago: Co-Pilot
five years ago: Seeing Spots
six years ago: Halos At Dusk
seven years ago: NamastHay
eight years ago: Old Western Portrait

6 Responses to “After A Brush…”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I love the fact that you know this! Most folks don’t pay close enough attention to details like this. He looks like he got caught in a blender. . . too cute.

  2. Marg Says:

    Some sheep shearing would probably be appreciated lol.

  3. Crystal Perkins Says:

    I’am just wondering, Does wild coyotes & foxes shed the same way or not? Does anyone know?
    It sort of don’t matter how they shed Their still cute But Charlie is more beauiful

  4. Diane Says:

    Interesting! We saw some arctic wolves (in a zoo in Vienna) recently, and they also had a strange pattern of fur-shedding going on. I also wonder if they have a distinct order in which they shed each year? Or perhaps it is not necessarily species-specific but individual?

  5. Amy Says:

    This in-between stage is confusing me. Is Charlie obese or malnourished to the point of starvation? I’m just not sure how to criticize!

  6. taffy Says:

    Our mysterious stray dog sheds exactly the same way! i noticed our miniature horses, regardless of color or age, shed their lowest areas last, i’m thinking maybe because that’s the parts of their bodies facing the ground which can still be chilly at night through early summer here in the PNW. Maybe the fur knows where to hang on the longest!

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