DYSON!!! They have a model for homes w/pets. We have 2 setters and a corgi, needless to say there is hair in the house. We just got one, its about $250. But, worth every penny of it!!!! We have a newer Orek, and it just didn't do the trick as the Dyson does. The Dyson is bagless, but even a klutz like me can empty it without a mess.
***Edited By: irishacres on 12/11/2006 3:02:46 PM*** Reason: add
We got the Dyson Pet Vac at costco for a little over 400.00 and let me tell you, it get's ALL the dog (3) and maine coon hair from the furniutre and carpet. It also has all sorts of attachments for doing stairs, blinds, upholstery etc...the filters are super easy to clean and it's worth its weight in gold.
The reason I suggest purhcasing such an expensive item from costco only is they have a money back guarantee on all thier items and will take it back for ANY reason. If you decide it isn't for you, get your money back and try a different one.
My only complaint is I have to put forth a little more energy to move it since I am short and there is no way to adjust handle height.