In my house, it certainly feels like it. So we’ve taken the battle to the streets. We’ve pitted hairy Honey the golden retriever against Kurgo’s Wander Hammock to see who’s more powerful—Honey or the Hammock.
In other words, if we cover the seat of our rental car with the Hammock, will it eliminate any stray dog hair? Or will Honey reign victorious once again and leave every surface of the car covered in golden fur?
I won’t keep you in suspense. Let’s roll the footage:
After years of covering all the car seats with sheets and still having to spend up to 45 minutes vacuuming the car before returning it to the rental place, I’m impressed with the Wander Hammock on several levels.
Because we don’t own a car, adaptability is key. We never know what kind of car we’re going to get until we show up at the rental place.
This time we ended up with a mini van that did not have a bench seat behind the driver. We stuffed a sleeping bag into the gap, draped another one over the entire seat to make an even surface, and installed the Hammock.
The Kurgo Hammocks provide alternatives depending on whether your headrests are removable or not. They also allow you to easily shift the position of the attachment points depending on the width of your seats. You can also keep one part of the hammock unattached so a human can share the seat with a dog, something that we’ve done many times.
I saw nothing about the Hammock that made me think it would be difficult to set up with a different model car. Of course, if you own a car, you’d set it up once and never have to adjust it again.
Nearly as important as adaptability—I always ask if a product is idiot proof. Because I’m an idiot.
Eagle-eyed viewers will notice I installed the Hammock upside down. Despite that, it did not hinder our use of the item.
Nothing bugs me more than items that are poorly made. One reason I’ve been a Kurgo customer for a while is that their products are well-constructed. And they come with a lifetime guarantee. If an item breaks you can return it to the company for repair or replacement.
The seams on the Hammock are neat and strong. The Hammock is washable but Kurgo recommends using a damp rag to clean it off. That’s what I did and it looks good.
Honey loves riding in cars. But she’s a little hesitant about strange surfaces under her feet or feeling constrained. I wondered if she would take some coaxing to adapt to the Hammock.
In fact, I had to hold her back from jumping right in.
And I thought Honey might be bothered by having her view of us hindered. But she eventually laid right down with no problem.
Some of the old sheets in our linen closet have holes in them. Why? So we could clip into the seat belts of the car.
They’re very handy places to get a foot or arm stuck and pretty soon they tear even more.
The Wander Hammock has three flaps that are shut with velcro. You can open them to gain access to the seat belts for restraining your dog.
Even if you don’t use a seat belt restraint, just keeping your dog in the back is a big boost to safety.
Dog Hair Containment
Did the Hammock contain every one of Honey’s stray hairs?
No. And I didn’t expect it to. As several commenters noted when I announced this challenge, golden hair just flies off her body the instant Honey hops into the car. Besides that, we carry quite a bit of it on our own clothing.
But it was a tremendous improvement over our normal method of putting sheets on the back and front seats of the rental car. That usually results in an athletic vacuuming session before returning the rental car.
After removing the Hammock, I found a few stray hairs on the back seats, some on the carpet near the door, and none on the front seat or the carpet behind the front seats. A quick swipe of the carpet with my lava rock dog hair remover (affiliate) and an ordinary sticky lint roller left the car as clean as we found it.
The Hammock Wins and So Do We
I’m thrilled to have found a solution to our whirlwind of dog hair in the rental car. The Hammock is a much better at containing dog hair than anything else we’ve used in the past.
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