Have you ever had one of those days when you woke up and could just tell that something was going on? Yep, me too. Today was like that!
It’s been really warm here lately and my daddy has been doing a lot of blogging about ways to keep your dog cool in the summertime. He even put together this list of cool things you can get in the summertime for your Samoyed (like me! 🙂 or other large breed of dog. The man has been obsessed lately 😉
So I could tell something was up right? In the hot weather especially, lots of people start to think about how to groom a dog. Plus, my fur is starting to get a little thick and shaggy and well, putting two and two together, I get…bacon! (Being a Samoyed I’m not always so good at math. And besides that…BACON!).
Anyway, I know my parents don’t think I can sense stuff like this, but trust me, I can. Silly humans! Can’t live them, can’t live without them.
Importance of Grooming
Before I get too far down the road about my day, I should say a few things about the importance of keeping your dog groomed. I know right, B-O-R-I-N-G! But, when I started this diary I promised my daddy it would be full of lots of good and useful information for you, my dear reader.
Grooming is actually pretty important not just to keep me good looking, but for my overall health and comfort too. If I go awhile without being brushed or groomed, I start to get a little itchy. I don’t like being itchy! And, it’s super important to get your dog used to being groomed and brushed when we’re just a little puppy. Honestly, I wasn’t all that big of a fan of being groomed when I was young. Even today, it’s not my favorite thing to do. But because my parents got me used to it at an early age, I’m able to deal with it a lot better. If you have a Samoyed, or a dog with especially long fur, you should think about doing this too.
Anyway, back to the health stuff. It’s important to keep your dog groomed because it can help
you see if there’s anything weird going on with us. This one time years ago, my mommy was brushing my brother Ramius and she found that a tick had lodged in him. Gross right?! So they had to take Ramius to the veterinarian and have it taken care of. Good thing mommy brushed him though or she might have missed that!
Brushing and grooming also helps you identify hot spots, wounds, inflammation, sores, hair mats, and even lumps. If you find a lump while grooming or petting your dog, CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN immediately. This happened to both my brother Ramius and sister Zoya and my parents immediately took them to the doctor. The sooner you can identify a possible abnormality in your dog, the better chance you have of getting it treated early. Luckily, my parents haven’t found any bumps or growths on me yet.
Paws crossed that they don’t!
Fortunately, Samoyeds like me never get really smelly. That’s reason #1,483 to get a Samoyed, we don’t get stinky. But, if you do have the type of dog that does tend to get a little odoriferous (how’s that for vocabulary people?!), brush and groom them often to keep them from stinking up the house.
Must. Brush. Regularly.
Many kinds of dogs, including Samoyeds like me, have an undercoat. Yep, we have two coats! So because of that, we require much more maintenance than one of those silly one coated types of dogs. If not brushed and groomed regularly, the undercoat can start to get matted which makes me really uncomfortable. Plus, my undercoat blows out seasonally, and if it hasn’t been maintained, you’ll have all kinds of white tumbleweeds rolling across your living room floor.
Trust me, you don’t want that.
Like I mentioned earlier grooming and brushing isn’t done just to keep me cute. I’m cute no matter anyway am I right humans?! Regular grooming and brushing helps get rid of extra fur which is a great way to keep me cool in the summertime. My groomer recommends the FURminator brush for me which you can read about if you click here and scroll down to right below the indoor/outdoor cot. And we already talked about the importance of grooming for my overall health, so I just wanted to add one quick final note.
Regular brushing helps remove dandruff (yep, dogs get dandruff too!), and gets rid all of that yucky dirt and grime that can get on my skin and make me uncomfortable. Brushing also helps spread around all of the natural oils in my fur to give my coat a nice healthy look.
That makes me a happy dog! My daddy always says happy dog, happy life! Actually, that’s not exactly what he says but it’s something like that…
Back to The Journey
Okay, with the boring stuff out of the way, let’s get back to my morning. So I could tell by the way my parents were getting ready that today wasn’t a typical day. Sure enough, about 10am this morning the three of us start walking towards the car. Whhhaaattt?! That never happens during the week! Something is definitely up! We’re going somewhere. Woo-hoo!
I just wish I knew where. I’m sure my parents are discussing this and I know they’re trying to tell me, but it never works. They speak this weird language that I don’t understand. So we’re in the car and I’m just barking like crazy!
Arriving at the Groomer
We drive around town for a bit and finally we pull up to the groomer. A groomer is some nice lady who washes my hair and cuts my fur in case you’re wondering. Some parents don’t go to a professional groomer, they decide to groom and wash their dog themselves. That’s fine as long as it’s done often and they know what they’re doing. But when you’re super hairy like me, it’s a lot easier on my parents to have a professional groomer do the work.
Anyway, I walk inside the store and I’m a little nervous. It’s a little strange being dropped off with all of these weird dogs and these other people I don’t know too well. And then I see my parents walk out the door which I don’t like at all. I hate being dropped off, so I tried to follow them outside . But that didn’t work. They took hold of my harness and stopped me. Stupid harness!!
Well, now that I was stuck there I just had to deal. It was okay though. This groomer is a nice lady and she starts talking to me too. NOTE TO HUMANS: WE CAN’T UNDERSTAND YOU! Sorry about that but it felt good to get that off my paws.
I think she’s trying to tell me that it’s time to get in this big wash tub. I’m never thrilled with this at first but once I get going, I kinda like it! The water feels nice and cool. I love being nice and cool. Though when I start to lick myself, YUCK!! Tastes just like soap.
Then she rinses me off and I’m ready to dry, but not so fast. Now she brings out the clippers. Last time, my fur was pretty gnarly so she had to cut a lot of it off. This time though, I just needed a little trim so that was good. Very refreshing. She starts to trim up my fur and works on my undercoat (remember I talked about this earlier) which is helpful, especially in hot weather. Then she shaves my butt real good which makes me giggle. Haha! Butt! 🙂
After that, I go to this really heavy duty, industrial sized blow drying type thing. Wow, is that contraption powerful! It dries me off so thoroughly it’s like I was never wet. And that’s it! All in all I’m there for about 3 or 4 hours and I’m done. Good as new!
And not only that, the groomer lady gave me this really cool necktie. Check it out ladies! I never
smell bad, but today I must smell really good because my parents keep sniffing my fur. How about that? I’m smelling good and nattily dressed. Guess who’s ready to go out on the town tonight? This dog that’s who!
Well that’s about all for today. If you have any questions or thoughts about grooming or brushing, please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
Until next time, Mr. Diary!
P.S. Remember, all posts signed off as “-S” are written by Sacha himself.