Friday, March 23, 2012

New Grooming Client

This past weekend I groomed a heavily matted golden doodle, and a couple of equally matted bichons, one of whom was very anxious. The people were very happy with my work and I felt good about it too, so I guess I was feeling cavalier about the whole grooming thing overall. 

So cavalier, in fact, that when I was approached by a brand new client, a client who wasn't even of the same species as my usual clients, I didn't hesitate. 

Now I do specialize in grooming anxious dogs, and I've come up with a few tricks that allow me to do a reasonable job on most dogs.

But an anxious Swiss guy? That presents a whole new frontier of challenges.

I don't think I've ever had a client who stood up every five seconds when I was trying to cut his hair to check himself out in the mirror

But a little TTouch to the scalp, some soothing talk, and even this client was able to settle down and allow me to groom him. 

I won't be adding "Swiss guys" to my list of breeds I'll work on anytime soon, but I think I did a pretty good job for a first time!


  1. So funny! and job well done. Probably makes you appreciate your four-legged clients even more.

  2. That's funny. I've been buzzing my husband's head for years and years, he still critiques my work. :-)

    good job with the swiss guy!

  3. Thank goodness you helped that human. Bet there were all kinds of mats in that head
    Benny & Lily

  4. Hi Kirsten, it does look good but what's up with Florian in the last photo. He looks like he's got a bad tummy ache. Did you give him a bad treat?

    1. Those rawhide chews must not be made for the Swiss digestive system. Next time I'll have to break out my Gruyere snacks.

  5. BOL! Thanks for the first laugh of the weekend. I think the cut looks pretty good and not unlike the number 2 that The Other Half gets. He doesn't get rawhide chews after though.

  6. BOL! Oh that's funny! :D You did a good job on him! He looks kinda human now ;)

    Waggin at ya,

  7. Way to go Kristen! You did a great job!
    Have a great weekend
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  8. Swiss guy looks fantastic. Maybe you have a whole new career ahead of you.

    Mango Momma

  9. I'll be waiting anxious for your next mention of Florian in a post. My marriage nearly ended when I asked my architect husband to cut the back of my hair straight across.

    Who would have thought that the they who uses a parallel rule to cut gift wrap couldn't manage to cut hair in a straight line?

    Of course, from your pictures, it looks like you did much better on your project than my husband did on his.


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