She’s so gross.
It’s moving time!! First load and going to pick up keys.
She’s being well behaved.
So…week seven was very unfortunately cut short. Today (thursday) a blizzard started so my dog for the second half of today got cancelled and school got cancelled tomorrow as well. so you’re getting my week seven update a bit early.
Day 31: Moose the shih tzu
So…I yet again was asked per owner’s request to shave a shih tzu all over with a 10 blade. I’m not a very big fan of having to do this to a dog, especially during winter. I’m not really sure why people would choose to own a shih tzu if they want something like this honestly. At the very least Moose seems to pull this look off better than other shih tzus. I will say though he’s a terrible candidate for this sort of haircut because Moose hates his legs and feet touched, and the feet had to be poodled. Also…he just really did not want to get along with me during the groom. I had to muzzle him because his behavior towards me was quite aggressive. I also needed some help because he just really didn’t vibe with me. My instructor said that Moose normally does not act like that. At first I thought that Moose maybe just didn’t like me because sometimes dogs just decide from the get go that they don’t like people. But he was actually quite sweet with me once we were done, so I think maybe he just woke up in a bad mood that day and didn’t want to be groomed. My guess is he didn’t get much sleep the night before.
Lucy the shih tzu.
So day 31 was like double shih tzu day. And yet ANOTHER Lucy. So, Lucy came in with her brother Rex (groomed by my classmate) and right after we got the two of them bathed and brushed and we were about to dry them, my classmate noticed a couple of fleas on Rex’s body. Normally the school would not accept dogs with fleas, but at that point it was too late. Since Rex and Lucy live together, we assumed Lucy probably also had them so they ended up getting a second (super long) bath with flea treatment. I never actually saw any on Lucy, but it was a safety precaution. Unfortunately this ate up quite a bit of time so we had to rush the rest of our grooms. It was a good learning experience though I guess.
Day 32: Jasper the cockapoo
I’m giving you guys the before and after on him so you can see how much was changed. You might remember Jasper from week one. Our school doesn’t really get bichons, but Jasper has similar fur so he’s the dog I learned the bichon head style on. My instructor demonstrated most of the steps to the head on him for me, and then had me do the final step of blending with thinning shears. It’s hard. Bichon heads are like, the hardest type of head to do so it was a little confusing. I think I at least remember the steps though. The rest of the body is me though. Jasper’s a pretty good puppy and behaved better than even some adult dogs I’ve groomed. (He did bite once while I did feet, but he’s a puppy so it’s easy to forgive)
Loki the rat terrier
So rat terriers are very simple grooms. All you do is bathe them, express glands, clean their ears, trim their nails, and card the coat. Loki for the most part was a real piece of cake. He’s a very difficult feet guy though so I had help with the nails since apparently not a single student so far has been able to do his unassisted. Otherwise he’s a great dog to groom! I love carding coats because dogs love it and you really feel like you are bonding when you do it. It was a real joy to see Loki chill out and basically melt into a puddle on the table.
Day 33: Josie the airedale terrier
So, this is my first wire coated dog groom and my first terrier type hair style. This groom was easier than I thought it would be. When my instructor showed me how to do the head, it was way less complicated than our textbook made it out to be. And the body didn’t get clipped at all. Instead most of this groom was carding and hand stripping. However, we used a stripping knife to help do it instead of like, truly plucking the hairs by hand. This is a very long and very tedius process though so one other classmate did this with me to save time and so we can both learn it at once. I like Josie. She’s a very good girl as far of terriers go and one of the prettiest dogs I’ve seen.
Charlie the australian shepard
I have never met a dog who enjoyed taking a bath as much as this dude. He got the big full-blown deshed treatment. He was really into it. Grinning the whole time I raked and brushed his coat out. It must’ve felt good getting rid of his excess loose fur. He had more of it than any other dog I’ve groomed. Charlie must’ve felt lighter. He’s my friend. He’s nice for the most part (except that he isn’t a paw pad guy), and I enjoyed my time with him.
Day 34: Aggie the shichon (shih tzu/bichon mix)
So Aggie is a puppy so he sort of has an excuse for his behavior. But he was not easy. He squirms a ton and he does not hesitate to try to bite. I really tried hard to avoid doing it because he’s so young and I didn’t want him to cement it as what happens during grooming, but he bit me like three times so I was told to put on a muzzle. I had issues with him fighting every little thing I do. My instructor told me my problem is that I am too nice so he thinks he can just walk all over me. So I tried to be more firm. He was still pretty disobedient but at least mellowed out towards the end. I think I’m the proudest of his ears. His were super matted but I still managed to save them and make them look good by undercutting them. I was supposed to get a second dog today but we had to cancel because of weather.
Day 35: cancelled because there is gonna be a fucking big blizzard ☹️
So…next week will be my very last week of grooming school. Right when I get home, I already have a couple salons that are interested in maybe hiring me. I’m excited, but I am also super nervous. Two months is not a very long time…y’all pls wish me luck.
So, I want to share a story with everyone that’s close to my heart.
This is the story of the Rock 217. (tw for some slightly graphic pictures)
Back in August 2020, there was a huge puppy mill bust in my area. There were over 200 dogs and around 20 horses. The local animal shelter took them all. Keep in mind I live in a pretty rural area, so our shelters are not that big. None of the dogs could be adopted until the court case was finished, so the shelter cared for them for all that time.
It’s been amazing watching the community come together to care for these animals. The court case has finally wrapped up, and the adoption process will begin soon.
Without further ado, here’s some of their before and afters:
Amaretto, and pups:
Macy and pups:
The moral of this story is that if you’re buying a dog, you NEED to get it from a reputable breeder! Do your damn research! Yes, this means the puppy will be expensive. If you can’t afford it, adopt instead.
If the breeder won’t let you visit the site, visit the mom and dad dogs, or will only show you pictures of these things, it’s probably a puppy mill. We have got to do better, people.
A couple uninvited guests showed up to dinner tonight
Portrait of a muddy lady
In a blizzard
Strudel The Aussie Shepherd being adorable.
Starting off 2021 with puppy art for your newsfeed - here’s Rudy (aka Rudy Booty)! This was one of those portraits where I couldn’t help but smile the whole time creating it. Rudy is an Australian Shepherd with great eyebrows and the happiest puppy smile. This piece was commissioned as a holiday gift for her parents. 💕
Just a gal and her okkapus
My new main squeeze
Hi tumblr, I’ve been gone a bit! Please enjoy a photo of my new puppy 😭
Please have a video of my dogs being their usual heathen selves in these trying times.
It’s a new year, and getting back into dog grooming! The class was a little bit rusty at first on some things coming back from a two week long break, but we got into our groove again pretty quickly I think!
Day 26: Teddy the goldendoodle
You may recognize Teddy because he is the dog from my very first day of grooming school! It was great to see him again. We tried something a bit different with Teddy. He didn’t actually come in for a haircut, but this time his owner asked if we could dye some of his fur. So my classmates and I got to color a dog for the first time. The one downside though is it did not turn out the way we hoped. The color we tried dying his ears, tail, and feet in was navy blue. But as you can see it turned out as more of a dull purple. We realized that we should’ve either bleached first or let the dye sit for an extra 40 minutes. His owner was still thrilled though so that was good.
Riley the shih tzu
Riley came back again too! (she was the puppy I groomed in my second week). Her owner liked the long, drop haircut she had the last time and wanted us to keep it. The frustrating problem though was that her owner did not seem to brush her often enough and we could not do it. In many spots she was matted and in some places, almost to the skin. Our solution was a clipper comb on the body and we were able to save the legs enough to scissor them. My instructor also taught me how to give ears undercuts to keep them looking long even if you have to shave mats off. You only shave the mat but you keep the top coat of fur if it isn’t matted. That trick saved her cute face!
Day 27: No dogs
There was no day 27 unfortunately…my instructor had to attend an all-day staff meeting. On the plus side though I managed to get some groomers back home I applied to to message me back about interviews after I finish school!
Day 28: Bonnie the cocker spaniel
So Bonnie is kind of famous at our school. She’s one of our most frequent clients because she comes in every week and a half. She’s also one of the only silky coated dogs we have access to for practice. Up until now, I was the only student in class who hadn’t groomed Bonnie yet and it was finally my turn. Bonnie is known for two things: being bad at staying still, and pooping every time someone grooms her. I was no exception. She was wiggly, but not mean or agresssive or anything. Bonnie just thinks that grooming is also play time. The whole groom she kept trying to jump up and kiss me. She’d kiss whatever part of me she could reach. Truthfully, she’s one of my favorite dogs I’ve groomed even though she isn’t easy, because she’s one of the sweetest and most affectionate dogs I’ve ever met. She totally won me over and now I’m looking at cocker spaniel breeders as well. I just really like spaniel breeds in general. I’m hoping I get her again in week eight.
Gabby the mini American shephard
Gabby’s owners wanted her hair shorter, which was good because she needed it. Her butt was especially matted. Her owners said they had a hard time brushing her butt because she has a UTI right now and is very sensitive. So, for once I ended up having to do the groom BEFORE the bath because her mats were that bad. She behaved well despite her owners implying that she might be really snippy. Her body got a peach clipper comb and the butt a 5F. The face I cleaned up with thinning shears. My instructor said she thinks Gabby was my most impressive groom so far in terms of speed and skill.
Day 29: Reece the cockapoo
I haven’t had as much standout coat practice, so I was given Reece. Reece…sort of reminds me of Lewis from week two. He’s also a large poodle mix, and Reece like Lewis was super whiny. He didn’t fight me on most things, but he sure as hell complained the whole time. Honestly…I almost find that worse because the noises are sort of upsetting. I managed to get the body and legs done but needed some help pulling the face together due to time constraints.
Trixie the Australian shephard:
I wouldn’t say that I’m scared of Trixie, but she did scare me a few times. Trixie has some trauma attached to her feet being touched. We aren’t sure why, but the theory is that at some point in the past she hurt them badly. My instructor cut her nails and would not let me do it for my safety. She admitted that even she gets scared when she has to do them. I worried about my instructor. Trixie freaked out really hard and thrashed around, screamed bloody murder, and nearly bit my instructor a bunch of times. I was told to stay clear of her feet the rest of the groom. She acts fine as long as nothing gets near her feet. But when anything does, her anxiety flares. The rest of her groom did go fine for the most part though. Though…I did screw up a little on her butt and shaved off a bit too much around the anus because I misunderstood an instruction. We all laughed it off though.
Day 30: Bella the teddy bear (shih tzu poodle mix)
Bella was another practical test dog. I was not allowed to ask questions. And she was kind of mean. I got to finish the week and do a practical with a dog that ended up needing the muzzle. The good thing though was I managed to finish the whole groom with no questions, which is the goal. 5F body, rounded feet, beveled ears, and my very first scissored face with no assistence. Proud of that part at least.
Week seven is coming….we are nearing the end.