Nearly everyone suggested that I get a Dyson Animal Stick. I think you all must have missed the line where I said the price must be cheap enough to not make me cry. The Dyson is $499.00---that would make me cry and Mac sick! I already hate the stairs and if I spent $500 to clean them I'd burn them down. I have a vacuum that does the little area rugs downstairs and I Swiffer all the hardwood floors and tile. Upstairs I have a good canister vac that does the rugs nicely. What I need is a relatively inexpensive handvac that will only be used to do the stairs.
Mac, bless his heart vacuumed the stairs today. Maybe I can get Miss Kitty to do them next time.
In the meantime I'm still looking for a relatively INEXPENSIVEhandvac.