Grooming long haired dogs

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  1. Melissa_W

    Melissa_W New Member

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    ROFL! That almost made me spit out my beer! My boyfriend works at IBM...

    In all seriousness though, poor Tosca! I can't imagine Kai without his fancy pants and mane. His prance just wouldn't look the same! That's why I'm afraid to take him to a groomer.
     
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    LOL Melissa, we always called gardens IBM if they were too symetrical and perfectly clipped because of IBM's park. It's the IBM cut vs. Naturalization.
     
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    I know I would be devastated too! I know its only hair, but I have to admit I'm guilty of being a bit vain when it comes to my animals ( I can be a total mess, but darn it my dog or my horse had better look good if I have anything to say about it LOL!
    I'm sure everything will grow in as lush as ever--its probably (hopefully!)
    no where near as long a process as growing out a horses mane and tail---that can literally take years--- of course horses usually mess it up themselves---if someone did that without my permission ugggg!!!!
    On a totally unrelated but equally important note--that penguin clip in your siggy has provided me the most unbelievable amount of giggles over the past few days! It cracks me up Every. Single. Time! LOL. Where on earth did you find that awesome gem?
    And remember as hard as it is, it really IS only hair and I'm sure the diva collie will work it into her image---the sassy shorter "do" followed by her dramatic full mane comeback! I can sense Tosca scripting this now....
     
  4. ToscasMom

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    Yeah Tosca doesn't care. I do. In fact, most people who never saw her before wouldn't notice probably. But I do. I know what was there and i know what is gone and I too feel a sense of vanity over this as well, so I can relate! She just turned 1 last month so she accumulated her marvelous, albeit gone-now coat fairly fast, so my fingers are crossed. I just feel the most awful when I look at her head square on and the sides are so un-maned. Tosca does plan to do a post on her blog about it as soon as I cool down. lol.

    A friend sent me the penquin clip when we were jovially arguing a point back and forth. Feel free to copy it. It IS a chuckle and says sooooo much.
     
  5. LhasaLover

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    I can totally empathize with you, ToscasMom. I have a Lhasa Apso that I keep long haired because I love her hair, but the problems I've had with groomers is beyond ridiculous.

    She's just a pet so I cut her little bangs myself so we can see her eyes thru the fringe - I tell the groomer to only trim between & just under her eyes and just down the top bridge of her nose (plus the usual feet, mustache & hygiene trims, and ear plucking).

    So, what do they do?????

    - Her first groomer who she'd been going to for a year & a 1/2 shaved up her head over her eyes for about an inch, taking off all that long hair across the front of her head there. I was literally nauseous for weeks, and it took a year to grow it back to the right length. :mad:

    - The new groomers since we moved to a new state, shaved down the sides of her nose in December, even tho I now include a typewritten list of exactly what they're supposed to do & not do. Now we're having to grow that back out to the length of her beard; that'll probably take another year. :rolleyes:

    - Quite a few of them just can't understand why I don't shave her down, and one wanted to give her a Cocker Spaniel cut, with the shave down the backbone? WHO does that to a Lhasa???

    The one place in town that I want to get her into, doesn't take any new customers - she doesn't even answer her phone! She specializes in small dogs & has customers with standing appts for years. I've seen her work around town and the dogs she does are beautiful. You can tell at first glance they have an excellent groomer.

    So, I've decided it's time I learn to do this myself, even tho I've never wanted to. I get too nervous that I'm going to hurt her. I trimmed her toenails once when she was little and accidentally cut one of them too short so it bled... I almost barfed I was so horrified. :(

    But I stumbled on a video on grooming a pomeranian at YouTube, of all places, and the way she showed to hold their feet & legs while you're trimming them, and how to cut their nails, really, really helped me. I just finished doing it the second time, and it was better than the first time! lolol

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    Well I admire your bravery. The thing is, I don't feel confident grooming her without going to a professional now and then. I just didn't expect them to scissors her like that. Makes me sick. Her beautiful mane is a shadow of itself now. From now on, I plan to have them bath her and brush her out only. That will be my instruction. Keep your scissors in your pants or wherever you keep it, just keep it off my dog.
     

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