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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.

 

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Comment by Jo Bill on June 28, 2013 at 11:48am

Thanks, everyone.  Martha, Gizmo has never broken out like that.  Finnegan must have sensitive skin.  I'd mention it to the groomer next time I took him in...maybe there is something they can do before or after to condition his skin there.  Just a suggestion.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 28, 2013 at 11:46am

Martha,  Yes I have had reactions to grooming...  she used to powder which both of mine wanted off..  they would roll in the grass to remove scent asap.  You might also ask about the shampoo.  (recently I was thumbing through a grooming portfolio and noticed a bottle of Dawn in the wash area.   Any like product would remove not only dust and dirt but also all the natural skin oils, leaving them to feel itchy and could develop a rash.)   

Comment by Martha&Finnegan on June 28, 2013 at 11:05am

Jo, Gizmo looks great!! I love that you can really see his beautiful eyes. I bet he feels so much better.  Finnegan was matted on his chest also and I have found that once I had the puppy coat cut down it's much more difficult for me to keep him from matting. I use a comb and a slicker brush and thought I was doing a good job, but found out differently. The groomer suggested I bring him in every 5 weeks or so to keep him cut down. I LOVE his teddy bear look but I've got to say the shorter coat is cooler for him and he is not such a big dust and dirt collector. Gizmo looks great! By the way, does anyone's doodle break out in a rash on their belly/private area when they are shaved down there? Finn has a rash and I used an ointment on him but was wondering if anyone else has this happen when they go to the groomer?

Comment by gdoodlevt Brandi - Bea on June 28, 2013 at 6:02am

OMG!   Gizmo is so cute - in both pictures.   

Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 27, 2013 at 10:07pm

 Jessi did a great job...    The night before, last time I had Izzi groomed I made sure she was not matted..and told me groomer I wanted her back before she stripped her to less than two inches... I was convinced that the bath and blow dry was the reason for past issues and I still feel that is true..   Izzi is the same as Gizmo, very curly.   I too find it is easier to groom within a 2/3 inches.

Gizmo does look younger with big dark eyes..  LOL

Comment by Jo Bill on June 27, 2013 at 9:12pm

Thanks you guys.  I think he looks much cooler and he got a burst of energy a couple hours after we got home.  I use a brush AND a matting comb.  I can feel the mats with the brush, but it takes the matting comb to get them out.  However, by the time I find them, they are right next to his skin and very tiny.  His hair sticks together, too....makes it harder to comb.  I appreciate knowing I am not the only one who thought they did good and didn't.  LOL

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on June 27, 2013 at 8:51pm
I've been there, too! I was positive he had NO mats, but sure enough the groomer found a few...which she pointed out to me one by one...sigh. She strongly recommended a metal comb like the one she uses. I got one and have been amazed at what a difference it makes! It picks up the baby mats before they get big...ones the brush totally missed!! I rarely use the brush any more and stick to the comb. If I find them early, they are pretty easy to comb out. They pop up in different places each time...which I think is strange...but I think we have it down now. The last several times...the groomer didnt find any mats. Of course...she always tells me he wiggles a LOT and likes to put his mouth on the scissors. But he is still a puppy after all! LOL
I think Gizmo looks GREAT! She did a very nice job and he really doesn't looked shaved at all! And he will be much cooler in all this heat, too! I'm impressed!!
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on June 27, 2013 at 8:35pm

Jo, I understand.  I thought I was doing a good job with Dulcie, but they told me the same thing - that poodle hair is just going to mat when it gets long.  I am getting used to Dulcie's short hair and know I'll never be able to keep it as long as it was that first year.  She'll be due again before long, but was so shaved it gave me a little more leeway.  They're still our adorable doodles, even buzzed!

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