I received the rug and the separate pad yesterday. I put them in my living room on my new dark hardwood floors and they are beautiful! It feels so plush underfoot. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats who are also really enjoying rolling around on it. I haven't seen any shedding so far - and with my dark floors it would certainly show up. I had looked at a similar rug from ***** but the reviews were so bad due to the shedding. I'm very pleased with my decision to go with this rug.