August 4, 2011 § 27 Comments
When it comes to getting primped and preened, it is an accepted fact that our Lil’ Miss Maple will be chalking-up more hours of blowdrying time in the grooming department than my neglected mane ever will. It is also a well-known fact that we have had more luck getting a finicky eater like Maple to finish her meals than with finding a forever groomer that Maple could gel with. And so, after much contemplation, MM and I arrived to the conclusion that, in the long-run, the only way to make the grooming experience less of a stressful ordeal for all of us is to home-groom Miss Maple ourselves.
Maple, the glum sour plum, is not too keen about the idea:
Tools of the trade:
Armed with an Andis UltraEdge Clipper and plenty of seriously-delicious liver treats, we quickly mustered up our confidence before it could vanish and proceeded to make the first trimmings with the clipper. Four hours later—the end result: two very frazzled pawrents and one very moody puppy!
Did we accomplish what we set out to do? Well, technically, yes. We did manage to shorten the length of Maple’s coat but, after seeing how appallingly uneven it turned out, we decided to halt the mission before we could get a chance to tackle the most complicated anatomy—the noggin.
Not wanting our home-grooming session to go further astray, we made an appointment with a professional groomer to give Maple a proper trim around her face. Just as our luck would have it, Maple absolutely detested this particular groomer—but I don’t blame her one bit because I was there watching the nightmare unfold. I can’t even bring myself to name the grooming salon, other than to say that the recommendation came to me from a pet supplies store that I believed upheld a pretty good reputation.
Well, MM and I certainly are more determined now than ever to learn the technique of dog-grooming. We hope that with some research and practice, we can become more efficient with the tools. Miss Maple, however, looks like she’s losing her patience with us—snubbing is what this pupster does best.
*sigh* Time to whip out Maple’s comfort food… liver treats. There’s nothing these potent and tasty morsels of calorie-rich goodness can’t resolve!