What a lovely mix of different sorts of dogs I’ve been grooming.
Saphire Border Collie
What a lovely dog. Sapphire has been on a diet and has now reached her target weight. Mum decided to treat her to some pampering. Sapphire had a bath blow dry and a good coat de shedding. After removing all that coat she looked even more slim lined and smelled gorgeous.
Lovely to see Oliver again, he gets so hairy so quickly, therefore he needs a new hair do every 8 weeks. His mum likes to keep his coat very short. Oliver is a Bichon cross .
Puppy alert, Alfie Schnauzer what a handsome little dog. I like to groom puppies straight away to get them used to the whole grooming process. Therefore I consider this should be part of their socialisation training. This will help them for every trip to the groomers in the future. Also this will help with going to the vets as well, because they are happy to be up on the table.
The lovely Lola Cavalier, such a sweet little girl. Her owners like to have her clipped very short, which suits their life style. I am happy to groom your dog how you want it, not just to breed standard, your dog your choice.
I love being a dog groomer
It’s so rewarding being a dog groomer, you get to see a wide range of dogs and help them look great, smell great and feel comfortable. Here are a few of dogs I have been grooming;
Lovely to see Poppy Working Cocker Spaniel, Poppy is scared of clippers, so we did a very natural strip and scissor, just a very short intro to grooming session which went really well. Such a sweet girl.
Next up was Florry Bichon Frise, she is such a pretty dog. I used a mix of clipping and scissoring. Florry suffers from a bit of separation anxiety so a low stress environment with her mum there is ideal for her.
Brenji Tiara dog is such a happy dog, he is however a wriggler, but you can’t help love him 🙂
Isis, the super elegant Shetland Sheepdog, just needed a wash blow dry and a little tidy up.
Bella Cocker Spaniel came in a very hairy young lady, so she got the full works. She still likes to look like a Spaniel though so a clip and scissor leaving feathers on her. In true Spaniel style, she came in with twigs in her ears 🙂
A Bunch of Border Collies to groom
Just to make a change I’ve had a little run on Border Collies to groom.
First up was Ben, a lovely old Border Collie who was getting a bit smelly, so all he wanted was a really good brush and bath and we didn’t want our photo taking as we were a little bit grumpy and at 16 with arthritis who can blame him. His owners struggle to bath him, as he isn’t keen on the whole clean water thing, so we got him looking and smelling lovely.
Next was Baily & Callie, what gorgeous Border Collies and a delight to groom. Again just a bath, blow dry and this time a good raking out of the undercoat, they were going away on holiday and wanted to look and smell their best. It’s always much nicer to travel with a sweet smelling dog 🙂
I love being a dog groomer
Some more lovely dogs that I have had the pleasure of grooming.
Morse the Cocker Spaniel.
Morse Cocker Spaniel wanted a very natural hair do so I didn’t clip him at all. First off a nice shower to get him squeaky clean then lots of scissoring and raking out all his dead hair. Mum asked for a slightly longer chest next time, which I’m happy to do.
This goes to show you don’t need to clip all the hair off to make a dog look good. I think he looks a really handsome Cocker Spaniel after his groom.
Proud to be a dog groomer
Dilly and Chunky
Next up for a doggy spa session, we had Dilly and Chunky, lovely to see the little Jack Russell x Bichons again. They are a perfect example of how different cross breeds can turn out. Their coats are so different, Dilly is much more Bichon, where as Chunky you couldn’t tell there is any Bichon in him at all….
I forgot to take a before photo of Chunky, but you can see him on the floor here
Betty and Bindy
More little siblings, Betty and Bindy, again Jack Russell cross Bichons what a coincidence! Again both have very different coats. You can see Bindy has a very curly Bichon coat, but Betty has very fine silky hair.
Little Dogs I’ve been Grooming
It’s been a week of grooming lovely little dogs. They have all been so good and a delight to groom.
Welcome to Fancy Fidos Arty Cavalier, a little dog with a big smile. Arty wanted a very natural looking groom and his mum was very happy with his smarter look. He was such a delight to groom.
Next little dogs were Bobo and Oliver for another pampering session, they are Bichon crosses that I groom regularly. For Bichons and their crosses its a good idea to get them groomed about every 8 – 12 weeks.
A very hairy Oliver
Look at that face 🙂
Thats better Oliver
Oliver’s brother Bobo
There, thats better Bobo
Sparky, looking very lion like 🙂
I have also groomed some pure Bichons as well this week.
Alice Bichon, what a lovely little dog, absolutely gorgeous but does suffer from separation anxiety.
We went for a very natural look rather than the Bichon breed standard.
Dear shy little Sophie Bichon, she is so timid, she does like a cuddle though. She is such a lovely little dog.
It was lovely to see young Brenji pup again, Brenji is a Tiara Dog and is a bit of a wriggler, but so handsome (when he isn’t pulling faces).
Next up was Lilly Norfolk Terrier, she had a good tidy up with a light strip. Stripping is a method for some breeds to keep a nice coarse coat with a good colour. It does take longer than clipping but can make your dog look fantastic and very natural.
Peggy labradoodle had quiet a few matts so we did the best we could. Lovely girl 🙂
Now doesn’t that feel better Peggy
Stan the lovely Labrador needed a spruce up as they were having visitors who are allergic to dogs, so I gave him a good few shampoos and raked and raked that undercoat.
Just look at that face 🙂
The lovely Quincy poodle came in for a pamper as well, what a dear old boy. A nice little tidy up 🙂
I’ve had some lovely new customers, welcome to Fancy Fidos Monty.
Monty had a few matts that needed sorting out and needed a trim around the face. I got him lovely clean and fresh and matt free and looking like he should 🙂
What a face 🙂
My next new customer was Oscar the Golden Retriever. Oscar only came in for a good brush and a light trim. He has a skin condition and doesn’t like anyone touching his ears. He did need a good rake out of lots of dead hair and because I could spend some time with him introducing myself properly he had no problems with me and his ears, yay!
The handsome Oscar
Look at all that hair…
My next newbie is the delightful Florry Bichon Frise pup. Her first trip her mum just wanted a tidy up, but she was very nervous and we found quite a few matts, we had to change to plan b and she had her first clip. We are going to work on her separation anxiety and nerves with her mum staying for the groom…
Thats better 🙂
I had a visit from the lovely Bear Cavapoo, he was a bit bigger than I was expecting I think he must have a standard poodle in him 🙂 Unfortunately Bear had a lot of matts so he had to go short, but he was beautifully behaved. Hopefully we will see him more regularly so we can keep on top of his coat.
Next up another poodle cross, this time Ollie Cockapoo. Ollie is just a puppy and just needed his nails, feet and face trimming. For a pup he behaved really well and really enjoyed the experience.
Ollie pup with a light trim
Oliver and Bobo came back for their regular hair do, their mum likes to keep them good and short as she struggles to keep their coats in good condition if they get too long. They normally come to see me every 8 weeks, ideal for keeping Bichon cross coats in order.
Oliver and Bobo
Oliver and Bobo
Sophie and Sparkie
Finally on the grooming front we had Sophie and Sparkie another couple of Bichon crosses, starting to feel like I’m becoming a bit of a specialist in this field 🙂 They are related to Bobo and Oliver, what a lovely little family.
Sophie and Sparkie
I had a lovely evening this week at a tuggie workshop and a group of friends all sat around eating cake and making tuggies for our dogs. We were all delighted at how they worked out. Bella loves hers 🙂
Bella loves her tuggie
It’s great to see Dilly and Chunky back here for another groom at Fancy Fidos.
Dilly before her groom
Chunky before his groom
Dilly and Chunky are sibling Jack Russell cross Bichon Frise and have such different coats as you can see. Dilly has a more Bichon type coat and Chunky has a very fine long coat, so not really like either breed. Dilly has bad separation anxiety so John stays with us while I’m grooming them, which makes for a much happier groom for her.
Dilly with her new look 🙂
Doesn’t Chunky look smart 🙂
As a dog groomer it’s lovely when you get clients coming back regularly, it helps keep your relationship with the dog good and it helps keep their coat under control 🙂
The lovely Lola
Lola is really enjoying her visits to me, she doesn’t like to stay still though so still a little work to be done there…
Another advantage of coming regularly is that I can sometimes spot changes that you might not have noticed, Lola’s ear were a bit smelly so I suggested a trip to the vets might to get them checked out. I’m sure it’s nothing serious, but might need some drops to sort out.
Lolas mum likes her to be clipped short all over to help keep her cool and make her coat much easier to look after, not the classic look, but appropriate for her lifestyle 🙂
Lola looking cool