Diary of a Mad Groomer

When I say mad groomer I mean sort of like the mad hatter in Alice inWonderland, I would like to clarify that I was at no point angry at this precious dog. I think every groomer has a bit of maddness in them.

This week has been interesting to say the least. I returned home from vacation on Sunday night just before midnight. Now, I have five dogs of my own and I also had the dog sitter watching two of my daughter’s dogs. We get home and try to get some sleep because we both have to work at six the next morning.

One of my daughter’s dogs decides to bark half the night so sleep was elusive to say the least. We get up the next morning not feeling very refreshed, but nonetheless we went to work.

I drive a bus and I am a professional pet groomer between my bus route, in the evenings and on Saturdays. So due to the fact that I was off for ten days my schedule was booked. I worked all week from six thirty am to seven pm, now I’m not complaining I love my business, but it left little time for me to straighten up my house and prepare for the week.

On Thursday I had a repeat client come in for a groom. He is a very nice dog, but this time something seemed off about him. He was nervous, he barked and constantly struggled against me – very unusual for this dog. I did my pre-cut and bathed him, once back on the grooming table I started to dry him. At this point he had explosive diarrhea all over me, the table and more importantly himself. I returned him to the bath, and repeated the sequence FOUR more times. Yes, this poor fella had the diarrhea four more times after that. Finally, I was able to get him dry and finish his groom. When the owner came I explained to her what was going on and that maybe he should see his vet.

At one point during this bathing and drying process I broke down and just cried with frustration. It was by no means the dogs fault, but I just had to take a minute to re-evaluate the situation. This was certainly one of my worst days of grooming, but I don’t care I love it, I love dogs, and I love by business.

Live, Love, Rescue….


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