Well I did it! went to Linens & Things and got a Roomba. Lucy our dog did a lot better than I thought she would but I cant get the kids to leave it alone. Jacob is so excited that he has a robot now, he was running around the floor chasing it, I have to admit that I was following it around too. I could not wait to let it get its full charge so it did not clean a full cycle but it did clean, I have to admit I am pleased. The kids had just tracked in a bunch of leaves from the outside and I just pressed clean and the Roomba cleaned up the mess! even without a full charge. I had wanted the 560 but they were sold but the 530 is truly doing the trick. I thing I will name her Hazel, what do you think.