This post is not my usual 'What would you do' post.
The question today was not how would I groom this dog, but should I groom this dog?
I had a regular customer come in with her dogs today for her scheduled appointment.
My son brought the first dog back to the grooming room.
I immediately notice the fresh 'Vet shaved ring' around the dogs front leg.
Before I could say anything, my son told me that the owner only wanted a bath and neaten today because the dog has been sick.
"Sick how?" I asked my son.
"I don't know," he answered. "Dad is still talking to her, but she wants to pick her up as soon as she is done."
To look at the dog, she seemed fine, she just looked a little sad.
I usually have an owner have their Vet give the okay to have their dog groomed when it has been sick, but this owner did not call ahead of the appointment to let us know that her dog had been ill.
I was about to find out just how ill this dog was.
My husband came back to the grooming room about 10 or 15 minutes later, after the owner had left.
"What is wrong with the dog," I asked him.
"She is dying," he told me. "The Vet expected her to pass away this past weekend."
"Why is she here?!"
"What is she dying from?"
"Why is she here?!" I said again.
"She was born with deformed kidneys and they are giving out on her," my husband explained.
"She was given fluids and a couple of shots and sent home, given only a couple of days to live.She started walking and eating again yesterday and her owners feel that God gave them a miracle.The owner just wants you give her a bath and she will come right back to pick her up," he finished.
"Why didn't she call and to ask if it would be okay to still bring her?"
"Did she ask her Vet if it was okay to groom her?"
"What if her kidneys give out on her while she is here?"
My husband looked like a deer in headlights.
He could not answer any of my questions.
He didn't seem to see anything wrong with grooming the dog, because it was only a bath, and the dog looked like she was okay.
So what would you have done?
Send her home immediately?
Go ahead and bathe her, and get her back to the owner as quickly as possible?
What did I do?
I got her done and back to her owner as fast as possible, without making her feel rushed.
She did great.
You wouldn't even know anything was wrong with her other than she gave off a very sad vibe.
I did one other thing too.
I took a picture for her owner.
One that they could frame.
I feel like I did the right thing. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF