|Suzi, looking cute|
Today has been a very busy day. A non-DIY busy day.
Just as creative though.
I spent most of the day grooming. Only three dogs. One blink-and-you’ll-miss-it monkey faced little shitzu cross girl (above) called Suzi, and two not-quite-so-small poodles: Chewie (aka Chewbacca The Wookie) and Zefi (aka Munchkin or Munch).
|Chewie with her new bell bottom ‘do’|
Grooming is creative work. Especially grooming poodles. I love making dogs look gorgeous. Unfortunately, with most pets, you have to balance practicality with as much ‘pretty’ as you can.
Most pet owners start off with ‘Don’t take a lot off, I like him fluffy’ and end up with ‘Shave it all off! I’m sick of the grass seeds/the mud/the matts/that he bites me if I try to brush him.’
With poodles its different. They have that sculptural hair – you brush it out, fluff it up and it stands there for you to scissor like a topiary.
Its respectful hair. It stands up, waiting to be scissored. It doesn’t just flop, making your life difficult.
Its the best hair.
And scissoring its a pleasure.
Then again, I love scissoring. Yeah, I use the clippers. But when it comes to finishing a trim, nothing beats scissors.
Scissoring is the fine tuning of a trim.
|Zefi Munchkin waiting for her mommy.|
As satisfying as DIY really.
Like when you find that perfect piece to fix up a piece of furniture, or you get the paint job just right.
Worth the effort when you see them go home looking great.