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So Many Choices – How do I Select a Groomer

I have often asked my clients why they have chosen MDD for their pet care needs and I have gotten a variety of answers.  Mostly, it is the high-level of professionalism and customer service we provide but the overall haircut is the driving factor.  But how do you FIND that in a groomer?  How can you know if the place you are taking sweet Fluffy exhibits all of these features?  Sure, they may seem nice and caring and the place looks okay but how can you tell?  I have a variety of answers that will help put your mind at ease and I will provide simple questions for you when calling around.

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What kind of owner are you? 

A realistic look into your wants, needs and expectations will determine the type of groomer that fits your lifestyle.  Do you mind your pet being in a crate or do you prefer kennel-free?  Do you like him to be there all day or would you rather get him as soon as he is finished?  How important is his haircut to you?  How knowledgeable do you want your groomer to be?  Do you want to be able to call on them for most pet care concerns or is she just a groomer that you see once a year? 

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The Dreaded Nail Trim

Time for my Pawdicure

There – I said it.  Nail trims can be very challenging, even for the professionals!  Pet owners hate doing it because they are afraid to make their pet bleed.  Groomers don’t like doing it because 95% of the dogs hate it.  How can that be?  Why do dogs hate their nails being cut?  I asked my pooches but they’re not talking.  It think it is some sort of secret among our canine counterparts.

I have a few thoughts on it and I would like to share them with you:

1) A dog has strong, muscular legs and when someone is holding a paw, they can actually fight back with some pull…..literally!  They don’t have to sit back and let you do it.

2) The noise of the nail clippers can be loud and scare a few pups.

3) The bending of the nails as the sharp edge is cutting through it might feel weird (that’s why we use dremels!)

4) They had a bad experience OR their master had a bad experience doing them thus, transmitting their fear and anxiety on their companion.

All is not lost though and there are some things you can do at home to help desensitize Rover’s manicure madness.  

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Puppy Love

I was lucky enough to babysit an adorable Lab puppy named Charlie recently.  Charlie belongs to one of my staff members.  I volunteered to watch him for the week she was at the beach and I was so thankful that I did!

I have forgotten all about how precious puppies can be!  Remember, my dogs are all Seniors so to watch a newbie try to climb up a step that is too high while it cries this sweet little howl, really melted my heart!  The puppy breathe, dragging shoes around the house and all those potty breaks!  Puppies are entertaining and a ton of fun.  My daughter loved him too and was constantly carrying him around.  I had to remind her often that he has four legs!!!

Watching Charlie inspired me to write about puppies and grooming. 

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Do It Yourself’ers

There’s a world of “Do-It-Yourself” people that tackle every home improvement, landscaping, automobile repair and arts & crafts projects with gusto and skill.  They watch the DIY channel, surf the internet and have hundreds of magazine clippings in their homes.  I respect these people for their guts!  Often, I think to myself, “I can paint my house myself!  I’ll save thousands of dollars and it will be done right.”  Then, reality sets in and I think of the time, the tools, the ladder……and I end up hiring a professional.

Most people will wash their pet with the garden hose, in the tub or sink.  Then they will either towel dry her and/or use their own hair dyer to knock off the excess water.  What your left with is a prettty clean dog, lots of mess in your home and the smell of wet dog lingering in the air.  It might have been fun or back-breaking.  Your pet might have enjoyed it or tried to run away.  It’s a DIY that could go either way…..and then you have to get all that hair out of your drain!!!

There is help out there that doesn’t compromise the DIY spirit. 

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Happy Mothers Day from the Four-Legged Kids

What better way to start my first blog than to make it about my dogs!  I will be writing so much about everyone else’s pets in the spa that I feel it is only fair to let my 3 pups have the first shout out in cyberspace!!!!

I want to start with my first born, Rocky.  AKA “Rock”, “Rock Star” or just simply “The Boy” is our 11 year old greyhound mix.  He’s the man with the attitude and a loud bark to say what is on his mind.  He is our guardian, couch potato and the one that LOVES to snuggle.  He’s our boy and my daughter Mia’s best dog-friend.

Next came Stink, I mean Maybelline.  She’s our ancient Beagle somewhere betweeen the ages of 12 and 80!  We guesstimate she is approaching 14 years old but now have a running joke that she gets younger each year.  Maybelline stinks all the time and coming from a Groomer, that’s bad news!  She looks little and dainty but she’s the one that runs the show.  Her Beagle bark makes me giggle everytime.

Janet is THE SWEETEST Lab you will ever meet (and I meet a lot of them!)  She is 9 years old and loves to come to work with me each day.  She is the typical Lab that has to be next to me wherever I go.  Loyalty is her strongest trait.  Janet is slow like Eeyore but always content.  When a client says their pet is dog-aggressive, I break out my big guns and introduce the dog to Janet.  Never, and I mean never, has another dog ever reacted to her aggressively.  She is just too laid back for them to go through the effort! 

So there you have my 3 loves.  Each has their own personalities but combined make a wonderful pack.  The only sadness I ever feel is that they are all Seniors and I’m starting to see them slow down a little.  Strike that – Janet has always been slow – Rocky & Maybelline are starting to show their age.  But then again, I’m starting to show my age too!!!!!

I think if my dogs knew that today was Mother’s Day they would do the following:

A) Wake me with kisses after they brushed their own teeth

B) Make me a delicious breakfest of tiny bits of cheese (a favorite in our home)

C) Put swifer dusters on each foot while running around the family room – playing and cleaning simultaneously

D) Pull me in a chariot for our afternoon walk

A mom can only dream…….I do know what will happen even if they don’t know it’s Mothers Day.  Boy, Stink and Janet will loyally do whatever I ask of them.  They will keep me company (even on the toilet) and they will curl up next to me when I sit down.  They will wag their tails whenever I come into the room and they will love me unconditionally. 

Happy Mothers Day to all mom’s!!!!