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This page was started August 2018, Enjoy!!
From the Cat's Eyes
Today is the day I look forward to! The stupid dog is going to go outside, and I will have some peace for a little while. When he comes back, I will enjoy laughing at him. I hear the bell that brings my peace and quiet and as I stretch a grin crosses my face. I continue to grin as the dog is led out.
Quite content I sit in my chair that I allow the man human to sit in on occasion just cleaning my paw when I am suddenly and rudely picked up and put in my travel box. “Wait a minute!” I yell. I didn’t agree to a trip out today; I am not going to the doctor.
The lady who provides my food leaves me alone ignoring my demands for release. I am suddenly feeling very uneasy when the bell rings and the lady in blue brings back the dog but doesn’t immediately leave as usual.
Then my fears come true as the dog walks by my travel box smirking and says, “your turn.” The lady in blue picks up my box as I am trying to ask the dog what he is talking about. I demand she put me down and let me out, she like my lady ignores me and she takes me out the door to her very large box of torture!
Once inside she starts telling me how very pretty, I am going to look. I am deeply offended, and I let her know so demanding that she take me back to my lady who appreciates the way I look already. When he opens the door to my box, I briefly consider making a run for it but well I am lazy, so I settle for letting her know how unhappy I am. She sets me on a towel that smells different I stop yelling at her to sniff this new smell it is quite nice. She starts to pet me; she is really good at it. The dog was right about that, not that I will ever tell the dog that! She picks me up continuing to tell me how cute I am and then she puts me into a large open box it is a little wet and I lift my paws as I am trying to find a dry spot to sit, I am suddenly drenched. The lady in blue just Got. Me. Wet. I sputter in shock and anger. She makes quick work of washing me, so I don’t get a chance to scratch her before I am back on the towel which still smells good, I am still not happy I know how much of a puffball I am going to look after that bath. It is why cats clean themselves we know how to do it without turning into a giant cotton ball so embarrassing!
I yell at her when she starts to brush me, but she tells me how cute I will look when she is done. I guess if she can make me less puffy and cute that would be ok. The cuter I look the more treats I get from my people. “you may continue person” I say
When she gets done removing all the extra fur that makes me itch, I feel quite good. I will have to get my people a gift for this. A new mouse should do it. The lady cried she was so excited last time.
Published 6/26/19, Author: Krista Hopper
The Dog's Perspective
There I was protecting our home, chasing away the leaves and noises that were trying to invade. Then the ringing started. My ears perked up and I ran through my own personal door that my dad put in and slid to a stop at the portal that lets people into my world and I let them know they couldn’t come in! mom opened the portal through so I had to change my tone- I told them fine you can come in but I’m watching you!
The human on the other side said she was there to give me a bath! A bath!! I don’t need a bath, why would I need a bath? I was a little confused but then she got down and let me smell her. She smelled nice and she scratched my ears I loved that.
I was pretty relaxed this human is ok I was thinking. Then my mom just handed me over to her. This new human started telling me how good I was though, and she kept saying how handsome I was, so I went with her. She led me to another strange portal I had never seen before I should have been frightened but this human smelled like a nice one and she did know that I was a handsome good boy so I decided I would just go along with her and see this new place. I do like adventures.
She picked me up and put me in a box. It was an open box though I could have jumped out if I wanted to, but she just kept telling me how good I was, so I stayed. Then she GOT. ME. WET. I couldn’t believe it I was in shock and just stood there. Why would this nice person go and get me wet. Oh, what was that smell I sniffed, and it smelled different and then she started petting me and the smell got stronger I suddenly did not mind the wet. She was really good at rubbing me. I was in a puppy heaven for sure. She kept petting me.
She used the wet stuff again I didn’t like that, but she kept touching me and kept telling me how good I was being, so I let her do what she wanted. She really was good at the petting.
She took me out of the box and put me on this flat thing with a fluffy blanket, I laid down. She laughed and made me stand up I sighed but did as she asked. She kept talking to me I didn’t understand everything she said. Then there was this loud sound. She had let the wind lose in the portal I started barking at it trying to make it go away but then she put the wind right on me! This human controlled the wind! I was in awe. It felt ok I had started to get a little cold, but the wind was fixing that, so I stopped barking and sat down. She let me sit for awhile and one side of my body was all dry and warm again. She made me stand up and turn around I did what she asked, anyone who can control the wind is not someone I am going to argue with.
She made the wind go away and I was nice and warm I shook and tried to give her a kiss. She didn’t let me kiss her but did tell me I was handsome. I was curious what she would do next. Then she grabbed my foot. I pulled it away but she told me to keep being a good boy and then I felt this thing on my foot I did not like it made my whole foot vibrate I looked at it but it didn’t take very long for her to finish with my foot so I relaxed again then she grabbed my other foot I let her know I did not approve but I let her do what she wanted. She hadn’t hurt me, and she kept telling me how much she liked me. I really like this human.
She put this stuff in my mouth on my teeth it tasted pretty good, so I didn’t bite her. She then put this thing on my neck, and she got all excited and told me how good I look so I stood up nice and tall and let her admire me.
She took me back to my mom and gave me a biscuit. My mom was so happy to see me she kept saying how good I looked, and she said I smelled so much better. I was a little offended it had taken weeks to get my smell and then it was gone but mom like it and she kept petting me, so I decided it was ok to smell like this for a little while.
My mom kept petting me all day and saying how good I looked. I liked that new human. Mom said I would get to see her again. This makes me happy.
Published 6/26/19, Author: Krista Hopper
Here is our first article. Published August 2018:
Grooming: The Benefits and Process
A professional groomer is more than just someone who cuts hair. We are a trainer, health care adviser, and friend. Your fur baby is being left with us; we want the experience to go well, both for the animal’s sake and our own. We touch, poke, prod, and scrub your pet, and the process can reveal the good (the bad and the ugly.) We are the stylist at their salon, their friend and confident that knows them best, second only to you, their pet parent.
Habit Building Makes a Happier Pet
The key to a fabulous groomer is someone that can take a good dog and turn him into a great one. The best groomer is someone who does not force a traumatic experience onto an animal, but instead will work with your pet. Each visit is a bonding experience, and it is your groomer’s responsibility to build great habits with your pet.
Grooming starts at the door! A pet stylist should know how to approach a dog, handle his leash, and make their time together an enjoyable one. The groomer should be able to train your pet on the proper etiquette of going to the salon or having the salon come to you.
The Process and Training
- Meeting with your pet. A stylist should not invade space, but establish communication, and give the dog a chance to settle and become friends. This starts from the moment your pet and groomer are within each other’s presence. It is found in the smallest of movements, even something as “minor” as direct eye contact can cause apprehension in your fur kid when meeting someone new.
- The bath usually comes first. A stylist should begin by teaching the animal how to be comfortable and relaxed taking a bath. The stylist will express anal glands, clean ears, brush teeth, and put water on their face (not comfortable for most dogs!) It is of the utmost importance that you have made your stylist aware of any allergies or skin conditions. This will directly affect the products used or omitted from the bathing process. The main portion of the bath includes shampooing and conditioning the dog’s skin and coat. Scrubbing and running our hands over the entire pet to ensure a thorough job can be great training time for your pet.
- BLOW DRYING! This can be the scariest time for your pet. It is a loud intimidating machine they do not understand; but comfort can usually be established if the stylist takes the time to work with your fur baby. If your fur kid is one who shies away when you turn on the vacuum at home the grooming process may need to be modified to decrease or eliminate dryer time as much as possible.
- Brushing is more important than shaving! it removes old hair and exfoliates dead skin, creating a healthier skin and coat.
- Feet: The feet are one of the least favorite areas for your pet to have someone picking up, shaving, or even touching. It is the time when a pet is most likely to become reactive or even nip. It is essential for the groomer to establish a great relationship with the dog while working with his or her feet. Issues may arise if the nails are cut to short of if there are matts in the pads that need to be removed which can cause pain and bleeding. This can cause the whole process to take a step (or several steps) backward. The pain caused may make for a long process of rebuilding trust between your pet and stylist. This is an area where the pet stands to benefit the most from a pet parent who understands how short the nail can and cannot be cut and a pet stylist who can communicate that clearly to the pet parent.
- Next is facial beautification, this is the most intimidating time for several groomers and a rather relaxing time for the dog. Styling comes in and the creativity flows, however a stylist has to watch out for quick fidgets and excited owners. One wrong cut can snip an ear or a hair doo, causing bleeding, sadness, distrust, or a ruined style.
- Body trim and or shaving is usually a good time for both groomer and animal. Additional styling is done in this stage and is often soothing to your pet.
- Finally, we return the pet to you, looking and feeling great. They will usually be tired after a long time of moving, standing, sitting, etc. but they should come back a more relaxed pet and a better smelling one at that.
A completely underrated yet important aspect of grooming is your fur baby’s health. We spend a lot of time with your animal, and we see every part of them, even the gross places. Just like an overbearing mother, we can notice changes in both mood and physical appearance. The dryer, bath, and shave down reveal skin hardly seen. We notice bumps, lumps, bruises, fleas, ticks, lice and can tell when the dog is feeling physically sore or just out of sorts.
“I’ll never forget the time when I found a lump beneath the tail on Lola. She was a sweetheart, who I had the pleasure of giving baths to every once in a while. I informed mom who wasn’t exactly in the habit of lifting Lola’s tail to examine her bum on a regular basis and she was not even aware of the growth. She promptly made an appointment with her vet to get Lola checked out. Sad to say, the lump was cancerous, and despite that there was not much that could be done for her at the time, at least her parents were able to approach the last 6 months of her life knowing what she was going through and preparing for the inevitable.” ~Kay
Apart from revealing hidden ailments we also clean them up. The ears can be full of gunk, the skin itchy or flakey, nails too long, butt scooting, and matted fur are what the groomer battles daily. Providing relief to your pet in these areas is essential to the animal’s mental and physical health. Groomers should do a nose to tail assessment, taking mind of anything that can make your pet happier and healthier.
After reading through this article the hope is that now you may see that the role of a groomer is not as simple as cutting hair. The groomer works to bond with your fur baby, understanding him or her, finding out the quirks and inexperience in every pet. Our ultimate goal is to become a trusted friend to your fur baby. Styling your dog comes with training, truly grooming your dog comes with experience and tender loving care!
A passionate groomer, should return your friend refreshed, mind, body, and soul.
Author: Letanya Lambert