Is it just me, or are some of the Toy breeds getting even smaller.
I groom a 4 pound Toy poodle whose little toes are so tiny, I don't realize I am holding my breath while clipping her feet until I pass out.
No, not really.
I do hold my breath and pray she does not jerk her foot the wrong way, at the wrong time.
She is a good girl.
I also groom a tiny Shih-Tzu that is only 2pounds!
Her owners like her short.
I clip her body with a #4F blade.
I scissor her legs down to the 4 length, because I can not bring myself to run that giant blade down those teeny, tiny, bony legs.
I have nightmares about it.
Have you ever had Grooming Nightmares?
It is amazing how you can wake up exhausted after
grooming dogs in your dreams all night.
You know the dream.
The one were your grooming the last dog of the day, and then you turn around and all of the kennels are filled again.
AND, this is the 7th time the kennels have refilled in ONE dream!!!
It does not end until you are right at the breaking point, and your subcontinents yells at you to 'Wake the he** up. It's a dream!'
You wake up.
Your heart is pounding.
You look at the clock, and...
You have 10 minutes before you have to get out of bed, go to work, and start grooming all over again!
I had that dream almost every night when I was pregnant with my first.
I only have it once or twice a year now.
You have NEVER had that dream?
Sorry, I got of the topic.
Teeny, Tiny, Toys.
Last week, one of my very good customers came in with their two Bichons and their daughters new Yorkie.
Or should I say...
Teeny, Tiny Yorkie!
This is 'CoCo'.
She barely weights 1 1/2 pounds.
She is like picking up air.
Thank God, she is very calm.
She sits so still to have her face rinsed.
The pressure on the sprayer is set on the lowest setting.
'CoCo' gets wrapped in a nice warm towel.
I would not dare use a HV dryer on her for fear that it would blow her across the room.
I let her lay against me while hand drying her.
My brush is almost as big as she is.
'CoCo' likes to lean against the wall on my table.
It makes her feel secure, and she stays very still.
Works for me.
The less a Teeny, Tiny, Toy moves around, the better.
I felt like I was use giant scissors and thinning shears.
There is only ONE problem...
Trying to keep her AWAKE!
I don't know what it is, I tend to have that effect on dogs.
I think I am developing a complex.
Am I really THAT boring?
Maybe I can wake her enough to get a finished picture.
Oh, by the way.
'CoCo' is a little bit of a success story.
This was 'CoCo's' second grooming.
Her first grooming was 4 weeks ago.
She came in matted all over.
It was pretty tight too.
Her owner was sure that I would have to shave her.
I thought that there was a possibility that I could save the coat.
I did not tell the owner that.
Now, there are only four reasons that I will attempt to demat a dog that is matted all over.
4) My shampoos and conditioners will loosen the matting enough to work with.
3) The dog is good about brushing the mat out.
2) The dematting process is not causing the dog any pain.
1) The owner deserves a chance.
These pictures are from her first grooming.
Best Shot Shampoo and Best Shot Creme Rinse really loosened up her mats.
I then used thinning shears on hers mats, and gently combed out each mat.
It did take a little time, around 20 minutes.
'CoCo' was great.
She did not mind the dematting at all.
The owner was very surprised and very grateful.
They are very good owners, and their Bichons are never matted.
I believed that they deserved a chance.
I showed them what to use and how to brush her.
They did not let me down.
'CoCo' did not have a single mat in her this time.
Good dogs and good customers.
You could not ask for more.
Happy Grooming, MFF