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Today was the GROOMING DAY - a day I've been waiting for. It has been about 8-9 weeks since his last groom and we were Waaaaaaay overdue!!!!
We dropped Gizmo off and our groomer, Jessi, said it would be a few hours-usually meaning about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We did some errands and the day passed very quickly. Before we knew it, it was 4:00. "Jessi should be calling soon" I thought. Four o'clock turned into 4:15. We decided to grab a bite to eat at Wendy's near the groomer's facility and wait for the call. WHAT could be the problem????!!!!
I was starting to worry ... even on the edge of panic. I just KNEW there couldn't be many mats or tangles cuz I've been so good about brushing him. Did something happen to him and they had to take him next door to the vet clinic? You know the wild and crazy things that go through your mind. Then, I discovered I had no signal on my phone in Wendy's. YIKES! How could Jessi contact me? .... more panic .....
Finally .... at 4:25 my phone rang. It was Jessi - sigh of relief. She apologized for taking so long, but she thought she was about the end of it all. Uh-oh! What could THAT mean??? Well, Gizmo was so very matted that it took her 3 hours to groom him. HOW? WHY? I felt so defeated ... embarrassed ... sad. How could I let this happen to my baby. Jessi explained that Poodles get shaved down, but GoldenDoodles' coats are grown longer and so they mat easily. We have decided that because Gizmo's coat is more like a Poodles (very curly and tight and thick) we can never let it grow long - as beautiful as Doodles are with their fluffy legs and bodies - Gizmo will have to be shorter.
As it turned out ... Gizmo's chest was so matted that when she used the razor, it came off in one piece. She saved it and showed it to us. It was very large and must've covered his whole chest from under his chin to the top of his legs! His toes were matted terribly. sigh. Apparently, I didn't do as good a job as I had thought. All those hours of combing and brushing on the floor, sweat pouring out of my body, all for nothing. again, sigh.
We took three Wendy's Frostys with us to pick up Gizmo. They were a peace offering to Jessi for all her hard work. She was very appreciative. We have decided to mark our calendar to check the length of his coat in 4 weeks; in the mean time, I will brush him more often and thoroughly. Gizmo must've gotten a little antsy (I would have) cuz the top of his head is a little choppy. I'll fix it tomorrow. Jessi would've fixed it before we brought him home, but I didn't notice it until we got home. No big deal.
Anyway ... here is a before and after photo. I will have more in an album soon.