Today was her follow up visit. The good news is that she was not mated and that her mom kept her brushed. The bad news is that since moving to Half Moon Bay, she's been able to run around in shrubbery where she caught a tick. I've never seen a tick as it's just not common in the city. I was both excited and grossed out. The pictures below show Molly's first cut grown out and the after picture shows that perhaps her muzzle will be long enough on next visit so that she can go back to looking like a bichon.
The owner wanted Molly to look Bichon, so together we came up with a long term plan. For this visit, the plan was to remove the mats. So I pushed the mats out as far away from the skin as possible. I then shaved the mats off. Surprisingly, I was able to keep 1/2" of hair. (it's usually 1/4 - 1/8" that can be saved) Regarding Molly's muzzle, there was nothing I can do but to wait until it grew out.
I groomed two yorkies this Saturday. They are sisters, Kira and Pinot. I was able to take some quick pictures as I have never had two dogs at a time. Although there is typically no waiting for another dog to get groomed at COIFFURE, it does happen when there are more than one dog in the family and they are brought in at the same time.
So when Diego made an appointment for Frosty, he included the information that "Frosty is a bit scared of the blow dryer so if you guys can use the cone as it makes it easier on him please do, thanks."
Luckily, I always put a "muffler" around my puppy client's hears so that any noise from the blow dryer is muffled. On top of that, I purchased a blow dryer designed to be so much quieter than the other high velocity dryers available for the industry. I also used a small towel to keep the other parts of his body from getting hit by the air. I figure that I wouldn't want other parts to get hit with air causing him to get cold.
Frosty did really well when I was drying is body. When it was time for the face, I decided to use my own ionic hair dryer on the lowest setting. I first combed and did a flash dry and combed again followed with a flash dry until Frosty seemed okay with the hold thing. I guess the secret to the whole blow drying thing is to avoid getting air inside of their ear and also in their eyes and nose. Oh and being gentle helps tremendously too !
Myra & Sophie dog