About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Still Here...

I am still here.

It has just been crazy, busy this past week and weekend, but I wanted to share a picture, or poster, whatever you would call it, that a groomer friend of mine shared on facebook.

Only a groomer can truly understand and appreciate this poster.

I would change one thing on this poster.

'What my clients think I do' would be both the crazy lady with the scissors and the magician pictures together.

While Christmas shopping yesterday....yes, I finally started Christmas shopping... I stopped by the Jewelry store to have my rings cleaned.
As I was waiting for the rings to be cleaned, the jeweler cleaning them was talking to me about grooming. (I had told her that my rings were dirty because I don't take them off when I work, because I am afraid of losing them)
The jeweler told me that she has a Sheltie that runs and hides when they say their groomers name.

Oh boy. :(

She told me that her groomer told her that their dog is very good about being groomed.
I told her that most Shelties are so attached to their owners, that what they really hate is being away from their owners, not the grooming process.
I told her that a lot of dogs like to act up when being dropped off at the groomer, because the dog is hoping that their owner will not leave without them, and that once the owner leaves, most of the dogs settle right down and do really well for the grooming.

Her response....
Laughing, she said; "They shake because they know that you are going to hurt them."

She did not say it meanly or accusingly, but you could tell that she truly believed that the grooming process hurt her dog.

I just don't get it.

Does it hurt for the owners to take a shower?
Does it hurt for the owner to get their hair cut and styled?


Why do they think that bathing and cutting a dogs hair hurts them?

I felt really down after talking to that woman.
Nothing I said seemed to change her mind.

After I walked away, I wished that I had said; "Do you really think that I became a dog groomer to hurt dogs?"

I always think of things I should have said too late. :(

Well, once again I am really behind in answering comments.
I have 14 waiting for a reply.
If you are one of them, I am sorry.
I will get to them.
Hopefully tomorrow.
After another busy day of Christmas grooming.

I am not complaining...really I am not!
There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day lately. :)

Happy Grooming, MFF


  1. How funny, I literally saw that picture 2 minutes before reading your blog post today.

    I've had people joke about us hurting the dogs, but I'm not sure I've ever had somebody be that serious about it...that being said, I need to be careful with my sarcasm, it'll get me in trouble with a customer one of these days.

    Also, I think some people come in expecting the Shih Tzu and are pissed when they find out they brought us the Doodle to work with.

    Only two more weeks...


  2. I am fully convinced that my dog is most closely related to a young preschooler/older toddler in outlook on the world. My preschoolers had times when they hated being dropped off at school and cried and clung to me. But if I put them in the arms of their teacher and walked away, by the time I got to the car they were happily playing. I assume my dog is the same -- the minute I am gone I'm sure she is fine. Maybe not entirely happy because I'm not there, but fine for the four hours that I will be away. Maybe you can use that analogy with your clients somehow?

    1. Hi ProudDoodleOwner,
      That is exactly how I try to explain things to my customers. When I use the Preschool or Kindergarden analogy they seem to understand better and feel better about leaving their dogs.
      Sorry to take so long in replying to your comment. Christmas is always a crazy, busy time for groomers. ☺ I hope that you have a wonderful Holiday.
      Lisa, MFF

  3. That's amazing how other people assume we routinely hurt their dogs and that's why poor babies shake in the grooming salons! For some reason I never hear dentists complain that people ask them if they chose their profession because they enjoy hurting people!!! And I bet many more kids (and adults) are shaking at the dentists' office that dogs at local groomer.

  4. .....if you truly believe the dog is being *hurt* WHY DO YOU KEEP TAKING THEM. I'll admit, sometimes I wonder if the groomer is as nice as I would be, but I trust that they have NEVER hurt my dog. He hates the groomer because he's timid and his mommy is leaving. They always tell me he's an angel. He's easy. He rolls over when you clip his nails. If I for one second thought they were being even slightly rough with him, I'd flip my sh*t. Sorry, rant over on a long ago post, I just can't believe someone would think that and still take him to a groomer. *sigh*