Moving house with pets…. And the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum

IMG_8097Moving house is incredibly stressful, they say it’s 1 of the top 5 stressful life events that a person goes through. Now imagine for a moment that you’re moving with 9 dogs (3 adults and 6 two and a half week old puppies), a cat, a ferret, a rabbit, a mouse and a frog! Think of all that pet hair left behind after you’ve lived in a property for around 3 years! What were we thinking? What were we going to do!?

Thankfully we recently got our hands on the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum, thanks to LG and Social Soup, so we were a little more prepared for the task at hand. It took a number of trips with the moving van, 3 cars and a lot of manpower but we got everyone to the new house safe and sound, but of course it was then time for the dreaded clean up!

Whilst we hired professional cleaners to do the most part, I did some quick spot cleaning to test out the CordZero on the carpeted floors at the old house, before moving to the new house and hardwood floors. IMG_8093

So how does the LG CordZero stack up?

There are a few things that I absolutely love about the CordZero:

  • Moving around the house is a breeze thanks to the dual battery packs meaning you don’t have a cord to accidentally pull out of the wall (I’ve done this SO many times)
  • The front LED lights make it easier to see the mess just in front of the vacuum
  • With so much pet hair around the anti-tangle brush is a real life-saver! It really lives up to it’s claims and so far, no tangles!
  • It’s really lightweight and maneuvers well, turns corners and goes under couches, tables, etc. really easily.
  • Easily works on different floor types and the quick release hand-held is great for getting those harder to reach spots and corners.
  • You can easily tell how much battery power you have left and switch batteries over if you need to
  • Doesn’t overheat like our last vacuum (true story, our last vacuum actually melted it’s own plastic!)

IMG_8096As an upright and hand-held it’s great for spot cleaning smaller areas. The collection canister is only small and so I found myself needing to empty it after only a couple of minutes vacuuming due to the amount of pet hair around!

The Verdict: The LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum is a great vacuum to have around the home for smaller messes and spot cleaning. It’s lightweight and easy to use and would work well in conjunction with a bigger vacuum to cover the whole house. Being able to take the vacuum around the whole house without needing to continuously plug cords in is also a real plus.

The LG CordZero was provided by Social Soup for review purposes, this has in no way influenced our thoughts on this product.

 

Dog Vaccinations: What do they protect against and when should you do it?

lunaandcynderAt the moment in my house we have 3 fully vaccinated dogs, and 6 unvaccinated puppies (they are just shy of two weeks old as of writing this). I work at an animal shelter and understand the need for vaccinations, particularly when we see outbreaks of preventable diseases such as Parvovirus. You may know that your dog needs its shots, but you may not know what those vaccinations are protecting against and when they should be done. The main vaccine we use in Australia is a C5 vaccine (or C3 with a Bronchishield to protect against kennel cough).

A C5 vaccinates our dogs against five main diseases: 

Canine Parvovirus – Otherwise known as Parvo this viral disease can be deadly in young puppies and is expensive to treat. Symptoms include depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and severe bloody diarrhoea. Parvo is highly contagious and outbreaks can claim the lives of many dogs.

Canine Hepatitis – Another highly contagious disease, canine hepatitis attacks the liver and can cause high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. Dogs that have recovered from canine hepatitis may continue to carry the disease which increases it’s spread.

Canine Distemper – Canine distemper is a viral disease that can affect any dog, especially puppies. Symptoms may include a high temperature, lethargy and inappetence. In conjunction with fever there may be discharge from the nose and eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea and coughing. Pneumonia may also develop in time. Distemper can also cause muscle spasms, convulsions and progressive paralysis. Permanent brain damage and death may result.

Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica – These are the viral and bacterial forms of the disease commonly referred to as “Kennel Cough”. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease  which affects a large percentage of dogs at least once in their lifetime. Symptoms of kennel cough include a dry, persistent cough and watery discharge from the eyes or nose.

Cynder and friend at parkInstances of many of these potential deadly diseases are quite low thanks to routine vaccination schedules for our pet dogs. Your veterinarian will set out a vaccination course for your pet but generally speaking most dogs will be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks for Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus, 12-14 weeks for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Bordetella and a third vaccination at 16-18 weeks for Coronavirus and Leptospirosis (another set of infectious diseases which are particularly harmful to young puppies). Your vet will then recommend an annual booster every year to maintain immunity.

Visit the Frontline Plus website for more information on Dog Vaccinations.

Disclaimer: This post was written by That Dog Dancing Guy and sponsored by Frontline Plus. This has in no way impacted the content of the article.

Introducing the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum – A Pet Owner Perspective

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAny pet owner will understand that one of the only downsides of pet ownership is the amount of hair they leave EVERYWHERE! It’s on the carpet, in the bed, in the bathroom and even in the food (I swear I only just got that out of the oven, how is there already hair in there?!). As there is currently 9 dogs in our house (Yes, 9! Cynder, Sprocket, a foster Lola and her 6 puppies) plus the cat, ferret, mouse, frog and rabbit we know a thing or two about pet hair problems.

LG and the team from Social Soup have given us the chance to try out the new LG CordZero™ 2-in-1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Handstick Vacuum and as we are just about to move house this really couldn’t have come at a better time!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing not only my experience with the product but some of the other LG CordZero Heroes will be sharing their thoughts as well, so stay tuned for that!

First up though, let me introduce you to the main attraction and tell you a bit more about it.

 

LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick 

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Weighing in at only 2.8kg the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick is a lightweight vacuum that’s easy to use and easy to manoeuvre around the home.

Features include:

  • Dual PowerPack™: Each powerpack provides up to 30 minutes in regular mode and 20 minutes in power mode. The batteries are rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and one can be charging on the powerstation whilst you are using the using the other. This allows the vacuum to be cordless so it’s much easier to move around with.
  • Anti Tangle Brush: This is fantastic for pet owners as it eliminates the hassle of picking out the tangled hairs from the brush head.
  • It’s 2-in-1: It’s both an upright stick vacuum and a smaller handheld “dust-buster”. It’s easy to switch from one to the other meaning you can do some quick spot cleaning in harder to reach areas.
  • Easy grip handle & 180 degree swivel head: The handle makes it easy to manoeuvre the handstick with ease and the swivel head means you can reach under furniture and around corners much easier!
  • Built-in Brush: Enabling spot cleaning without having to attach separate accessories the handheld has a built-in brush that can be moved into place in order to do that quick spot clean.
  • LED lights: The swivel head features some LED lights which helps cut through the shadows under the couch or bed meaning you can make sure you’ve gotten everything.

We will be bringing you more in the next couple of weeks as we road-test the vacuum, you never know… I may even be able to convince the dogs to perform some tricks with it!

Do you love your vacuum? Is it a fantastic vacuum for pet owners? Let us know below in the comments! 

The LG CordZero was provided by Social Soup for review purposes, this has in no way influenced our thoughts on this product.

Video: Dog Tricks with Cynder

Here’s a short video of Cynder practicing some of her fun tricks! She’s working hard for her new favourite ball that we got as a present from VCA World! It’s the Starmark DuraFoam ball and she absolutely loves it!

What’s your pets favourite toy?