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TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Count how many vacuums you’ve had over the years. Then decide: is it time for a new one? What you’re using doesn’t hack it anymore. It’s just plain weary. Yet you persist in using it because it’s a hassle finding something to replace it.

We have one that’s not that old. Made by a reputable manufacturer, it comes with so many attachments you can’t figure how each one works, let alone where to store them.

How many times, like us, do you see a Dyson and, like us, shake our heads: “Too expensive.”

That ended last week when Rosanne held up an advertisement for Dyson and all the various things you can buy from them. We looked them over, and chose a moderately-priced Dyson vacuum. Some $600 isn’t what you call ‘moderately priced - Dyson Animal 2– but what the heck we ordered it online. After all, the shipping was free. The deal breaker.

Wow! A Dyson. It arrived by Purolator several days later. We unboxed it, putting aside numerous plastic parts that come with it.

It’s one heck of a piece of machinery. What did I like best? Maybe not best, but well up there. Its electrical cord. The cord on our old Bissell when plugged in and stretched out, lets you vacuum barely half the living room and that’s it.

The Dyson cord is long and strong enough to finish the living and continue on to the solarium.

The ‘ballbarrow’ James Dyson incorporated into the vacuum means the the main unit rides on a swivel, to get around corners. And talk about sucking up dirt, God knows what else, and getting rid of what it’s collected is easy to dump. No bag to worry about.

Ok, I admit we have the two German Shepherds I’ve mentioned countless times. A mother and her year-old daughter. You can’t believe how much hair they shed. In clumps. Mind, it’s close to spring when shedding is at its worst.

Author’s comment: I admit plugging the Dyson product, only because I want others to know how good it works. I receive no remuneration for mentioning it or other things I find fascinating. And want to tell about it.

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