Do you speak Dog?

18 of December 2008

We may say rrrf-ruff, arf-arf, or bow-wow. But, how do other countries speak dog? 

  • Arabic: Haw-haw

    Whatcha say Sam?!

  • Chinese: Wang-wang
  • French: Whou-whou or Vaf-vaf
  • German: Vow-vow
  • Italian: Bau-bau
  • Japanese: Won-won or Kyan-kyan
  • Norwegian: Voff-voff or Vov-vov
  • Russian: Gav-gav or Guf-guf
  • Spanish: Guau-guau
” No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” -Christopher Morley 
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I first used a high velocity blower in 1990. It was called a cattle dryer back then. It is a noisy vacuum-like contraption. It makes short work of drying dogs. It is the main reason we are able to groom the dogs as quickly as we can. It removes dander, straightens a curly coat, loosens mats, and removes packed in undercoat. I call it brushing with air. Any dog that gets their coat scissored has to have the hairs straightened and separated. We use the HV dryer first then touch up with a regular stand dryer. The HV dryer also saves time and irritation to the skin on the hairy beasties. The blower just blows all the dead coat right out. After that, there is minimal brushing. Gus and Harley are a couple of Bernese Mountain Dogs that I’ve been grooming since they were wee babies. They are the biggest and hairiest dogs we have at Park Hill Pooch. It takes a long time to dry them completely. I love  watching the clumps of dead hair slowly loosen then fly out leaving their coats healthy and shiny. It is the closest I come to a zen state of mind.

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Shop Dogs - Golden Retriever

05 of December 2008

 Miss Lucy loved being able to keep a look out for her mama. (we don’t have the window in the grooming area in the latest shop) She is a little old lady, but you wouldn’t know it when you see her jump into the tub. She used to come to my house with her brother Miles for their grooming.

 

 

 

 Leo the braveheart reminds me of the lion from wizard of oz. He is such a big hunk of love. He is anxious about his grooming but he bucks up just to get through it. He seems to love all the compliments after its all done. He’s one handsome dude! 

 

 

 Ginger “Gingina” is one BIG mama. Her tail doesn’t stop wagging. She loves the socializing but not the grooming. She looks at me the whole time as if to say, ” Are we done yet?” We are both lucky that she doesn’t have much hair and doesn’t take very long to groom.

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Coats aren’t for Sissies

01 of December 2008

The thickness of a dog’s fur, not the length, determines how a dog tolerates cold temperatures. To know if your dog needs a coat to go out, think about how thick your dogs fur is is to determine what your dog needs. Another consideration is how long your pet will be outside. The government has outrageously minimal requirements for dogs which are kept outside. There is a huge gap between their requirements and what is humane.

Nordic breeds were created with dense undercoats and are well suited for cold climates, not so for the majority of the breeds we choose to share our lives with. We humans have created these creatures to be dependent on us. Even large breeds sometimes need help from us to keep them warm.

Sick or elderly dogs might need them even while they are indoors. And don’t forget their feet. Bare tootsies get painfully cold on frozen ground. In extreme cases dog’s body cannibalizes itself to try to keep warm. You may think it is froo-froo to have your dog wear a coat, but you can find lots of “plain jane” coats too.

Bottom line: Pay attention to your dogs. They should NOT be shaking or have the chills ever. They should NOT be holding their feet up because they are too cold to stand on. If they are, go get them a coat!

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