Shih Tzu Day 213: Jan. 28 (Sat.)

It’s amaz­ing how the hol­i­days com­bined with tech­nol­ogy issues can throw a sched­ule out of whack. For exam­ple, I have been look­ing at Candy for days, think­ing how badly she needed grooming.

Today was finally the day. We sat her on the groom­ing table, and she was rel­a­tively calm. She did try to pull her paws away from John a few times. Also, she is very afraid of loud noises, and I acci­den­tally knocked the box hold­ing some groom­ing sup­plies on the floor; she jumped and tried to scram­ble off the table. We finally calmed her down enough to con­tinue groom­ing her.

She had a lot of mats under her hair. The other dogs weren’t that mat­ted, but they don’t lay under the trailer in the dirt and mud like our tomboy shih tzu does. As a result, it took a lot longer than nor­mal to get her in shape. We actu­ally didn’t fin­ish groom­ing her, although we prob­a­bly got about three quar­ters of a way there. She was shak­ing a lit­tle, so we fig­ured we should get her in the sink and get her washed.

She did well in that area too. She is ter­ri­fied of the blow dryer, and since it took a long time to groom her, we decided to skip the blow dryer and just towel dry her the best we could.

I gave all the dogs some thin slices of Bud­dig turkey after we fin­ished groom­ing her. Candy usu­ally hangs back and waits her turn, but either she was very hun­gry or the groom­ing had her wound up, because she was act­ing like Nigel and try­ing to grab the turkey I was hand­ing to the oth­ers. Later, she ran around fran­ti­cally for a while. We cut her fur very short, so it was prob­a­bly hard for her to get used to being naked.

I tried to keep her inside to keep her clean for a while, but she slipped out the screen door when I opened it. As I feared, she headed right for the trailer.

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