This little lady has been trying to get in to be groomed for a couple of months now.
But, between the owners work schedule (7 days a week) and the fact that we were booked up for the Holidays, this little girl was way past her normal grooming time.
So they did a little 'home grooming' on her till they could bring her to me.
Her groom was going to be a matter of finding the shortest area and matching the rest of her up.
The head.....why do owners always
kill chop off the top of the head?
There was one other thing that the owner wanted also.
She did not know that she wanted it when she walked into my shop, but she saw my daughters dog.
Right now my daughters Bichon has purple ears.
As a matter of fact, all of Maryland is purple right now.
Our football team, 'The Ravens' are going to the Superbowl!
Everyone is wearing something purple to support the team.
When this Bichons owner saw my daughters Bichon, she wanted her dogs ears purple too!
I had used up all of my purple blow pens, so I had to use children's (non-toxic) sidewalk chalk.
The chalk is much lighter in color than the blow pens, which I think worked better for the owner.
I think that the darker color of the blow pens would have been too much for her.
I also like using side walk chalk when it is the first time that you are coloring a customers dog, because the chalk washes out quicker (in one to two washes) just in case the owner doesn't like it.
First, take the color of chalk that you want and put it in a cup of warm water to soak for at least 10 minutes.
You do not have to submerge the whole stick.
My chalk stick was just about all used up, so the whole thing is under water. :)
You don't have to use gloves....that is if you don't mind having purple fingers when you are done.
Start putting the chalk on after the bath.
The color is a little darker if you apply the chalk to clean, dry ears.
This little lady does not like the dryer.
So instead of drying her ears twice, once after the bath and again to dry the chalk, I decided to apply the chalk to her damp ears.
Simply take the chalk and rub in the direction that the hair grows.
Do this until you have covered as much of the hair as you can.
Do not rub too hard.
Color only the hair not the skin.
This is the ear after I finished with the chalk.
Next, blow dry the ear.
I also colored the tail to give some balance.
Now it is time to do the 'repair' groom.
Well, this is the best finish picture that I could get.
The second that I take my hands off of her, she goes down.
Standing is not one of her favorite things.
She is already to show her 'purple pride'!
Oh, one other tip when using children's (non-toxic) sidewalk chalk.
Have some flexible hold hair spray on hand and give a little spritz to lock the dry chalk down.
Happy Grooming, MFF