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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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just dropped Peanut off at the groomers...having a panic attack...

Peanut is 6 months old now, my new avatar is a very recent pic. He has only been to the groomers once and I only allowed them to trim a tiny bit and thin out his hips as the hair was just so thick and matting easily there.

He really needed to go again so I brought him to a new place, very close to my home. They are going to take about an inch off the body and a little less around the face.

I'm nervous cuz the woman I spoke with wasn't writing notes or anything and she just seemed so blaze about my instructions. I asked her three times before I left not to cut extra around the eyes and to be very careful not to go too short around the face. should I call them to make sure?

it is probably silly to be so anxious but I figured if anyone would understand, it would be you guys!

~Sue, mom to Gabi, Dylan & (furbaby)Peanut

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If I were you I'd call them to make sure that they remember your instructions. Sometimes with instructions they can still screw it up. I remember with our first Havanese we had to have him boarded and we left specific grooming instruction that he was not to be cut as he was a show dog. So, they wrote down in all caps "no trimming whatsoever" and underlined it several times. We come to pick him up and did they follow instructions? No, they shaved his nose and his belly which ultimately killed his show career. When we took him in he had not a single matt...Its always good to be on the safe side! Peanut's a doll btw

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Just remember hair grows back, but I would still worry. Were there more dogs present to be groomed. Was she the groomer or the person accepting the pets?

If I did not like the haircut, I would demand to talk to the groomer and have the person who accepted your pup. It sounds like to me, you just want your pup trimmed and do not touch or hardly the face/head area .

When will your pup be ready? Hugs to you! Just remember to tell Peanut how pretty he is. Hair grows and you can always go some place else the next time.



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Thanks so much you two! After I got your message, I called the groomer. She didn't get the right instructions after all as the girl told her one inch all over and to go short on the tail (note: I said to leave the tail alone!) oy, it could have been a disaster!

In the end, she just trimmed a little too much above the eyes and pretty much left everything else alone..so I am a little disappointed as I wanted the face left the same(just slightly trimmed), and about an inch off the body (it is getting to be a little bit cumbersome and he is starting to run away from me when it's time to comb). maybe I'll try to post some pics tonight... thanks so much again
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No problem, glad to hear that you were able to avoid a grooming disaster! Glad to have been of some help to you as the things I know now I wish I knew then! Just a thought but you could make your own grooming card that they could keep on file. Use really bright paper or they even have electric colors of index cards. I wish I had thought of this way back then!
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I know how you feel. It is so frustrating and I don't know the answer. Once I took Lulu in for a bath and brush ONLY. I emphasized no cutting. She came home trimmed around her eyes. It drove me crazy as that was where I was specifically trying to grow out from another groomers folly!
I'm seriously thinking about going to grooming school and doing mine myself. Many of our forum members do excellent jobs!!
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It is hard to get a groomer to understand exactly what you want. I've told my groomer not to do anything around the eyes but that I wanted a sanitary cut. Apparently a sanitary cut includes shaving between the eyes so they did that. After that one time I no longer simply say sanitary cut. I had to specifically say that I want them trimmed around the bum a little bit (to help avoid cling-ons) and I want their feet trimmed but don't touch the faces. Now, my groomer is very good and knows what I want. I cringe when she's out sick though and someone else does them. When that happens, it's bath and brush ONLY.

Jane does a fabulous job on Lincoln and Scout. They look better than a lot of dogs at the shows. I don't know how she does it.

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Thanks for your replies! I am sad...his face in my avatar pic was perfectly shaped, just a touch long (I have been trimming it myself to this point). I wish I had them leave the face alone and maybe just told the groomer to only do the body! why oh why do they take liberties with the hair around the eyes??? ok, enough self pity.

who is jane? i'd like to check out her pics. thanks!
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Don't be sad...say a prayer that you got off easy and check out the thread filled with REAL grooming disasters (where is the one where one leg got shaved and the other one left long? Was that Mugsy? can't remember...).

I've taken Marley in with a photograph in hand and they'd STILL cut him completely different...really makes you wonder at times.

I love my current groomer, though, she's a keeper all around!
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who is jane? i'd like to check out her pics. thanks!
Jane posts regularly, watch for her avatar. Also, you can look under the membership for "Jane" and her dogs, Lincoln and Scout.

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