Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Yesterday

Yesterday I dropped Tilly off at the groomers for her shampoo, blow dry and pamper session and took the opportunity to do a spot of supermarket shopping to while away the hour. I'd only intended to buy a few bits and bobs but came out with a clock for the garden. Now it's up on the wall I think it looks good and I can make sure I don't sit outside in the sun for too long.


When I went to collect Tilly she did look gorgeous but I was met with the tale that Tilly really, really didn't like the blow dryer. "Oh and while she was having her nails clipped she was biting me" the groomer said and "one of her puppy teeth fell out and would you like it?" I said yes and she put the tooth into a small plastic bag for me. After paying she told us she'd see us again in four weeks time but I'm not so sure as I left feeling really upset that Tilly hadn't been cooperative and had been naughty. I took some photos at home of her looking lovely and fluffy with her new toy, a nice soft burger.

 

Not long after returning home hubby's brother and his wife called and spent a few hours with us which was nice and they brought us a big bundle of rhubarb from their garden. Tilly seemed none the worse for her ordeal as she enjoyed the company too and having a fuss made of her and a few cuddles.

However later that evening my thoughts turned from being upset that Tilly had been naughty to feeling upset that we had put her  through that ordeal. Having always had rescue dogs we've never had a dog that needed such regular professional grooming. I'll be very interested to read your thoughts on the matter if you would be so kind. Here's a photo of Tilly's tooth.

25 comments:

  1. I know Archie doesn't enjoy going to the groomers but I can tell he always feels better afterwards for having his fur clipped. Perhaps you could try a different groomer. I can't remember now if it was the first or the second one I tried who said that Archie had bit her, well I don't believe that for one second. He's actually been to quite a few for one reason or another and she's the only one who's said that, every single one said that he's always really good so I think that said more about her than Archie. Tilly is very young and she just needs to get used to it, if what you've been told upsets you then try someone else, and ask if you can stay, that may help her to settle more. Another dog owner I chat to when I walk Archie has a dog who doesn't like the groomers so she always stays with him and he's fine then. A good groomer will just want Tilly to enjoy her experience and it won't be an issue to let you stay. Your garden clock is lovely.

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    1. Thank you Jo for your feedback. Tilly has yet to have her fur clipped and now I'm dreading that and I may well choose a different grooming place. I can believe Tilly was biting because she does nip me sometimes but it's not actually hard biting and she understands the word NO. I will find somewhere where I'll be able to stay with her as she has never been left alone before apart from at the groomers. Thank you, I didn't know it was possible to stay with them and your advice is gratefully received.

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  2. AnonymousJune 08, 2021

    Hi, I went through exactly the same feelings when taking my girlie for her first grooming session.
    The lady who was grooming her said don't feel guilty for looking after your dog, only feel guilty of you don't keep her nails and coat in good order left long the dog is uncomfortable and gets overheated.
    After that I felt better , and sure enough after a couple more sessions she loved going.
    Chin up, she will get used to it.
    Plain name x

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    1. Thank you for your feedback and welcome to my blog. I know Tilly will need regular grooming and it's so hot here right now and I believe black dogs suffer more in hot weather. Hopefully Tilly will get used to it but I will definitely look for booking her into a different place. I was not happy that her tooth came out and didn't think to ask just how that had happened. She's just so young and I'm an anxious Mum :)

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  3. My dog doesn’t like the groomers either she’s a very nervous little dog so now I trim her hair myself and just let the vets trim her claws, instead of putting her through the trauma. Heather

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    1. Thank you Heather and welcome to my blog. Tilly needs the fur round her eyes trimming which makes me too nervous to do that myself. I've never had to have any of my dogs claws trimmed before as I walk them regularly which wears them down. I did feel that it must have been traumatic for Tilly yesterday.

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  4. I don't know the first thing about dogs so don't have any useful advice about the groomers. It's worrying that her tooth came out ... is that early or is it something that will be happening soon anyway?

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    1. I've just had to Google about puppy teeth. Apparently all of the 42 permanent teeth should be in place by the time a puppy is about 6 months old. Well as far as I'm aware that's the first one to come out and she's five months old.

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  5. Oh, forgot to say that I like the clock!

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    1. It is a nice garden clock and it even comes complete with battery. Only £20 from Sainsburys.

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  6. From Ann via Bloglovin'

    I guess Tilly will get used to the groomers, but she's a pup and they don't stay still and want to play...I wonder if the groomer allowed for that. Perhaps a bowl of dog shampoo at home would work just as good (you would likely get wetter than she does) but could be worth the fun on a sunny day. I love your garden clock.

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    1. Thanks Ann, yes I can't imagine Tilly standing still while they were doing what they were doing. If you've seen my previous post, Tilly absolutely loved jumping up and getting soaked with the water from the hosepipe :)
      I liked the garden clock as soon as I saw it.

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  7. I like the garden clock, it's lovely, and very similar to the one I have in my living room, but 'yuck' to the tooth :( Email sent, though you'll probably have read it before you read this :)

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    1. I'd have that clock in my living room if I had space on the walls :)
      Thanks for your email and I did read it before your comment. You are a star Eunice and I'll write a reply to you later this morning :)

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  8. As Tilly is still only a pup, you could try another groomer or maybe as one said above, ask to stay & maybe a few odd sessions at home of a bath & hairdryer to get her used to it, like having it as a playtime experience. We've not had a dog for a long time, but always had cats till a few years ago & they are all different, so that is another big factor. Love your clock & just realised my outdoor one needs a new battery. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. I have had some good suggestions and really appreciate all the comments you lovely people leave for me. As you say all dogs and cats are different and Tilly is young and everything is new to her.
      I thought the clock looked so nice I just had to have it and will be really useful too. Take care.

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  9. love the clock, never thought of having one in the garden. Tilly looks lovely, id follow your gut feeling and maybe try a different groomer , like you we've never had dogs that need to go to groomers, is there someone local who could come to your house? a mobile dog groomer?

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    1. The garden clock is useful and looks good too and I’m glad I bought it. A mobile dog groomer is what we’ve decided to do next time and a reputable local lady with lots of experience has been suggested to us.

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  10. The garden clock is really rather nice. Does it matter if it gets wet in the rain?

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    1. I’m hoping the clock will be OK outside in the rain. It says on the box it’s for indoor or outdoor use and it was displayed in the gardening section of the store. Time will tell (excuse the pun).

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    2. hahaha love your sense of humour!

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  11. I have been trying to comment for days Eileen but couldn't manage at the caravan! I really felt for you as it struck a chord with us. Cassie is the first dog we took to the groomers and she hated it. We were told off because she was "naughty" and she developed a fear of my Mum's fan oven and refused to go in her kitchen as they used a drying cage to dry them. She went three times and I had to drag her in each time, although she looked lovely in the end I thought forget it and trimmed her myself. I brush her everyday and bath her every week, she looks a bit raggedy but she's a a real rough and tumble terrier so we don't care. Hopefully Tilly will get used to it as I know most dogs do but it is not the be all and end all. Love your clock. xx

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    1. Poor Cassie. I too have learned that our dogs are not being naughty, they are afraid of what is strange and worrying to them. Tilly will definite;y not be going back there again as next time it will be the clippers for a proper trim. I will be using a mobile or local groomer where I can be close to her. As you say looking good is not the be all and end all but as long as they are comfortable and have a short coat in this heat is what will matter.

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  12. Your new clock is lovely. As for the grooming, I can only assume it is something Tilly will get used to over time. It must have been a bit of a shock the first time.
    I could ask my friend if you like - she has a dog grooming business. X

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    1. This was the second time at the grooming place just four weeks apart and I expect Tilly will get used to it but not there again. That's good of you to ask your friend for me Jules, thank you x

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