(more-dog-for-thought) Three Girls in an Apartment

It struck me, when I was writing about dogs attending church (see Blessing of the Animals), that girls SHED hair like crazy. The two thoughts — dogs and girls — do not share any direct correlation (except shedding), but bear with me.

Now, as the person who mops, sweeps and vacuums her entire apartment (bathroom, kitchen, hallway), I see hair strands everywhere. It baffles me, How come there’s hair again? I just mopped ten minutes ago?


According to pantene.com, an average person loses between 80 and 100 hair strands per day.

Furthermore, humans have roughly 1.6 trillion skin cells[1], and between 30,000 and 40,000 of them fall off every hour[2]. In one year, a person will shed more than 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of dead skin. That’s a lot of hair and dead skin cells to clean!

As for dogs that shed like crazy, the list includes: American Eskimo, Corgi, Dalmatian, Great Pyrenees, Labrador Retriever, Pekingese, Pug, Shetland Sheepdog and Siberian Husky.

[1] “Organs – Skin.” BBC. May 28, 2010.

[2] Reucroft, Stephen & Swain, John. “Does the dust in my house really include my own skin?” Boston Globe. May 27, 2010.

2 thoughts on “(more-dog-for-thought) Three Girls in an Apartment

    1. Sherry Post author

      Haha, then I will be mopping daily. A interesting article in NYTimes, “The Case for Filth,” observed that even though 40% of America’s sole breadwinners are women, men do not do more housework than their fathers did. Translation: Let it be dirty. (just FYI)


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