Thursday, January 7, 2010
The old story goes that shoemakers children never have new shoes.
In my line of work, I find that this dog groomers poodle does not get groomed often enough! Dazzle is 9 years old. I bought her so that I would have a poodle of my own to work on to improve my grooming skills. And it worked. Dazzle has been a patient "guinea pig," standing rock still for endless hours while I practiced and learned. I have won awards grooming her in contests... but too often I let her run wild and free with the wind and knots in her hair! Yesterday I took her to work. She was bathed, whitened, brushed and fluffed. I then spent a happy hour clipping and scissoring to my hearts content, cutting in angles to accentuate her better points, leaving hair here and there to hide flaws. Her coat is lovely, and when she is freshly styled I find that looking at her makes my heart sing. She seems to appreciate the difference, too. There is an extra bounce to her step when she sports a "new do." Here she is, after a long day at the spa, curled up by the wood stove. Perhaps she is dreaming of cobblers kids, all wearing new shoes.