Jan 18, 2011

My buddy.

Today I finally trimmed Schultz's doggy toenails.  I start telling myself it's time to do it about a week before I actually do it.  Which is really dumb.

He hates this.  I hate this.  The husband hates hearing about how much Schultz and I both hate this.  Yet it's something I have to do or the poor little guy's toes go all wonky and sideways, and that's worse than anything.  I know I could take him to a pro, but then he'd just get all traumatized by strangers.

It's never as bad as we both expect it will be.  I use my Dremmel with a sanding barrel, and it's literally over in fifteen minutes, tops.  The same thing goes with the bath and the haircut.  He's a great little guy, and tries to be patient, but as soon as he hears the water running, and I come to pick him up, he growls a little just to let me know he'll cooperate, but not happily.  Nevertheless, once we're finished, and he's got a special Grooming Day treat (he throws it around and dances for a while in his joy), we're both happy and can forget the d-d-d-dog grooming for a little while.
 
When he was seven or eight weeks old...I could bathe him in the sink.



Now he's big--23 lbs--and he still hates baths.  He doesn't shed, but he gets awfully woolly...

Looking ever so tidy after a bath & haircut...hangin' with his foster cat Waylon.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds familiar, except for the cooperating unhappily part...my kitty turns into a mountain lion when we cut her nails. Yes, WE. It takes one person to hold her down (wrapped inside a blanket with only her paw out) and the other to do the cutting. The way she hisses and whines you would seriously think we were cutting her legs off!!

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  2. Aw, the poor baby. He's beautiful! My daughter has a dog like yours, and she keeps him shaved and I swear his coat is like velvet. And I love your black Wayon, always did like black cats!
    Have to go blow my nose again, be well,

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  3. He's awfully cute! My old dog never cared for nail-clipping, but it must be done. Our current dog - Halley Joesphine - is much better … possibly because we preface each nail-grooming session with LOTS of LOVE, petting and cooing, massaging and all the lovey-nonsence us dog-lovers do - before ever exposing the clippers. And there's more love after the clipping too. She is more relaxed with it … but it took time. It was sosososo necessary for us - she came to us at a year-n-a-half with *very* long nails. Almost two years later, and we're still edging the quick back.

    In any event - give Schultz a big hug from me - and Halley!

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