Thanks guys! And yes, I am looking into pillow case and mattress covers.
I have been "window shopping" at http://www.allergybuyersclub.com/
to gain more ideas of how to handle dust allergies.
The Dyson DC14 "Animal" is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gawd I felt SOOO DIRTY after I started vacuuming my home with it LOL. My old vacuum... ummm...errr well let's just say it DIDN'T SUCK but the DYSON SUCKS BIG TIME LOL
When I first got it, "to give it the big test" I vacuumed really really slow and over and over again on half of my living room with my old vacuum. Then I swooped over the area with the Dyson Really fast... I filled up the canister with dust/dirt/fur right away with the Dyson! I was shocked. It was like being at an old Kirby demonstration lol.
I spent the entire weekend vacuuming my home, furniture etc lol. I am a shamed to admit how much "stuff" that vacuum picked up LOL. And the Dyson "Animal" really is AMAZING when it comes to fur. It grabs it all up like nothing. As someone with three dogs and a cat fur is a big deal lol.
I swear to you, me and the kids were all bare foot hopping from "Dyson Floor" to "Old Vacuum Floor" exclaiming how different the carpet FELT lol The Dyson is just that good!
If anyone reading this does have an allergy problem in the home and is able to put out the money for a Dyson -- GO FOR IT!!!! --- VERY VERY WORTH EVERY PENNY! I just wish it didn't require "so many pennies" lol Even if you're just a clean freak or are struggling with shedding animals.... Dyson is worth it!
I read something else disgusting while trying to understand Polo's situation better. It's not really the "dust" that people/animals are allergic to. Nor is it the "dust mites". It's actually the Dust Mite Poop that people/animals are allergic to.... LOL go figure
The hardest thing about Polo is his refusal to be examined. He's had to be anestisized a lot in the past month to be able to be examined by the doctors. BUT he has also made great strides in that he WILL now let me put ear drops in his ears. Before there was no way to do it..he'd get too violent. Now he just wrinkles up his nose and acts like he his holding his breath waiting for me to get it over with lol. But he stands there, with no effort on my part, and lets me ..so we are getting there
I've never really had to deal with allergy problems so this is all new to me ... and I too almost laughed when I found out what he was allergic to. I mean come on... a dog that's allergic to dust and weeds? What's up with that? LOL
Poor guy has been through the ringer though. Everyone who does have allergies knows how miserable it can be when they are flared up and ol'Polo has it bad...
Thanks again for the support and any suggestions that may be yet to come!