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How to Clean a Pet Household With Ease #ShedHappens

Shed happens: For most pet parents, this is a fact of life. A new pet in the household, particularly one with fur, generally results in the shed factor. It is a lot easier to clean a pet household than most folks realize. With 4 million dogs in need of their forever homes, our friends at Swiffer® along with Bark & Co. are out to stop the shed and make cleanup easier. Cleaning should never be an obstacle to adopting a pet, so Fidose of Reality is out on the front lines to test this theory. Not only will we test the cleaning process with three 8-year-old triplets who desperately want their first pet, but we’ll also show you some fab ideas for stocking stuffer gifts this holiday season.

Swiffer helps pets get adopted #ShedHappens


Triple Threat

Meet Mia, Matthew, and Ryan, who are the nephews and niece of my very dear friend, Ellen. Once a week, the triplets visit Ellen and love to spend time playing with shelter rescue dog, Zola, who just celebrated her 11th birthday. The triplets want a pet, so their mom has decided this: If the kids can prove themselves to be responsible and take a part in cleanup and care of the dog, she is considering allowing them to rescue a dog in the new year.

Swiffer helps pets get adopted #ShedHappens

The triplets’ Mom is not alone. In a study provided by Swiffer, 93 percent of parents agree that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences for a child. However, a surprising 75 percent of parents who do not already have a pet say that concerns over messes could actually prevent them from getting a pet for their family.

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Kids Need Dogs, Dogs Need Kids

As someone who grew up with a dog in her life, I am not alone in believing that animals help children develop character as well as responsibility. Dr. Aubrey Fine, a renowned child development and pet expert, says that a home rich with kindness and compassion, with pets, is good for children.Swiffer knows #ShedHappens

“Teaching children positive ways to interact with their pets will help them feel more involved and will help crystallize their fur-ever bond,” Dr. Fine says.

The triplets love visiting Zola, and she has taught them boundaries and limits, as well. Zola tries to sometimes “herd” the kids together, which is both adorable and a learning experience for the kids. They know not to scream around her, not to tug on her ears or tail, and why play time and walks are necessary.

Welcome Home with Swiffer and Bark & Co #ShedHappens

Removing Cleaning and Chore Tensions

“But I don’t want to” is a cry heard round the world, no doubt, by parents of kids with pets. When children actually engage in chores and are taught responsibility at a young age, the relationship of parent and child is strengthened as well. To that end, we talked to the triplets during a recent visit with Zola. Here’s an adorable quick video of their tasks followed by how you, too, can help a dog have a happily ever after.

Tools of the Trade

We armed Mia with a Swiffer Duster with Dust Lock Adhesive™, which has 50 percent more fibers than regular dusters. Matthew and Ryan, as brothers will, vied for the Swiffer Sweeper, a long-time favorite tool in our doggie household. The Swiffer Sweeper is a 2-in-1 hard surface sweeping and mopping tool. The dry cloth is pawsome in locking pet hair, dust, and dirt and not just pushing it around. The wet cloth dissolves dirt and grime.
Swiffer dusting tool helps control pet hair #ShedHappens
Bonus: None of the Swiffer tools are noisy or obtrusive, and both my dog, Dexter, and Zola, relaxed and mostly slept through the cleaning process.
Ryan helps out with the Swiffer tool because #ShedHappens
Star Power
Actor Scott Foley recently teamed with Swiffer and Bark & Co. in New York City for Swiffer’s “Welcome Home” child’s first pet campaign. Five dogs found their forever homes during the event! Now that’s something to raise the “woof” about!! To celebrate the launch, Swiffer and Bark & Co., the makers of BarkBox, announced that they will be giving away 10,000 Welcome Home Kits to shelters nationwide. How exciting that through December, new dog parents who adopt from partnering shelters will get a free Welcome Home Kit packed with goodies and cleaning supplies!!
Bark & Co teams with Swiffer #ShedHappens
Welcome Home Kit box with @Swiffer and @BarkBox
 Live Happily (and Clean) Ever After

Pet adoption is a topic near and dear to our hearts at Fidose of Reality. Our fundraising arm of the blog is Wigglebutt Warriors, and we crusade to save dogs’ lives. We only recommend products that we believe in, use, and would like to pass on to our readers. This holiday season, consider helping a pet in need. If a new pet comes into your home, talk to all family members about the importance of daily chores. If you know of someone who has a pet and you want to gift that with something practical, the Swiffer Duster and Swiffer Sweeper make great cleanup gifts. Visit the Facebook Swiffer page and get more info!

Scott Foley teams with Swiffer for pet adoption #ShedHappens
Scott Foley partners with Swiffer to spread the word that cleaning concerns should never be an obstacle to bringing home your child’s first pet, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in New York. Foley joined Swiffer and Bark & Co. to provide 10,000 Welcome Home Kits, including free Swiffer products, to shelters nationwide this holiday season. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Swiffer/AP Images)

Matthew, Mia, and Ryan have proven themselves to be responsible, and we are gifting their mom with this video and blog post so she can see the fantastic job they did. Zola was rescued from a drug bust, and she was confiscated many years ago as “evidence.” Zola is the very first pet the triplets have interacted with, and they are very gentle and kind to her. In return, Zola lets the kids make themselves at home with her toy box contents and on her doggie bed.

Swiffer believes in pet adoption #ShedHappens


Have you ever used the Swiffer line of products? Let us know your experience in the comments below. And have a very happy, clean, fret-free holiday season!

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  1. I highly recommend Swiffer products. We use these products in our household daily. With three dogs, I can’t count the number of times Swiffer helped save our floors from spills and accidents. These kids are so adorable in this article. They show just how Swiffer products can make your life easier. I wouldn’t be without these products in my home.

  2. I love how Zola “herds” the kids. She sounds like she is a wonderful dog. And, wow, rescued from a drug bust? She’s a lucky girl to have a wonderful new home!

    The triplets seem to be doing a great job learning how to care for a pet. I’ve learned with my own kids that when you throw in some fun cleaning products, like Swiffer, the kids get a bit more excited to jump in and help clean up. I bet their mom is super proud of how well they’re doing!

    1. The kids actually wanted to clean and asked if they could take the Swiffer duster home, so I let them take the whole kit. I know their mom is thrilled.

      Zola was confiscated as evidence during the bust – thank goodness she found a good home.

  3. Wonderful photos of Zola and the kids. I think Swiffer works great with pet hair. With a dog and a cat in our house, we use Swiffer all the time.

    1. Yes and what amazes me is I think I did a good job cleaning and then what I see on the Swiffer duster blows my mind.

    1. The kids love the dog and vice versa — my dog on the other hand said,”mom when are the kids leaving?”LOL We love our Swiffer, too – thanks for stopping by.

  4. Love Swiffer products! The wet jet is great for a quick clean of muddy paw prints or slobber 😉

  5. I really like how you tied this post together — kids + dogs + cleaning = success! It is true that we need to educate our children about how to act around pets, but to also have them assist in the clean-up is wise. It teaches responsibility and respect. I love that. Bravo!

    1. Thanks, Jeanne. I loved that the kids wanted to help out and then the reward was playing with the dog. Win-win and Zola had a ball, too.

  6. The triplets are awesome, they’ll have no problem helping out with cleanup now that they having those amazing Swiffer products. Hey, how ’bout they swing by my house and do some swiffering of my Huskie’s mountains of fur?? LOL!! I’ll have to get me some Swiffering tools too!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We luv Them

  7. I like the idea the kids to look after their pets and to clean behind them. If I take dog for my children I will definitely force them to clean the god’s hair and dirty stains that the pet will make.

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