I’m treating you to a gratuitously cute picture of a doggie this morning. In case you ever wondered what a Shih-Tzu looked like with a short hair cut, there you go. We collectively gave up on trying to maintain Trinity’s long coat. It’s gorgeous and it stays that way about half an hour after her bath. Then it goes to hell. Straight to hell. Two hours after a bath she is back to being a matted filthy mess. We’re not quite sure how it happens.
I think Trinity’s issue is that she thinks she is a big dog. She goes to the back yard, plays hard, runs through mud, wrestles with Angus, and does all the ferocious things a young dog wants to do. At the end of it she looks terrible and smells even worse. Even weekly baths with ultra sensitive oat shampoo and daily brushing don’t do much good. It’s like trying to keep a three-year-old clean – it’s just not going to happen. Once every couple of months Trinity goes to the groomers.
Our groomers are very nice. They work in Petsmart and I’ve met all of them and watched them work through a glass window. Trinity – who is a fearless dog – is terrified of the groomers. She has never been nicked or mistreated. She’s been groomed since she was tiny. But the moment grooming starts, Trinity gets stressed out.
This last time a different groomer was taking care of her.
Me: She won’t bite you, but she grinds her teeth.
Me: Just talk to her and pet her and she should be fine.
Groomer: I’m sorry, there is an extra charge.
Groomer: No. ::looking uncomfortable:: She was grinding her teeth and I had the other groomer hold her so I could cut the fur on her legs with scissors. I am sorry! I couldn’t do it with clippers! She was stressed out!
Me: That’s totally okay. We don’t mind extra $6.00. We’d rather she be comfortable.
Traumatized groomer: I never had a dog do that. It was loud! I am sorry!
By the way, taking pictures of Trinity for this post was an exercise in frustration. She would not sit still and I have about 30 pictures of her ears and her butt. Finally Gordon’s assistance had to be requested.
Later today it’s my turn to go to the groomers. I have an inch of grey hair on my head and my split ends have split ends. Hopefully I won’t grind my teeth.