Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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We've had two shih-tzus within the past 18 years and accepted the fact that these dogs needed professional grooming - their hair is like ours, doesn't shed, but keeps growing.
The grooming rates started at $30, back with our last dog's first cut. But because of all the pet-groomers raising their rates through the years, we bought one of those Wahl pet grooming kits a while back. My wife has no aptitude for this sort of thing - but had good intentions that I would learn to do it - saving us a bundle.
The kit came with an instructional DVD for all breeds - even a 15 minute segment on shih-tzus. Also, included with the electric clippers were many attachment heads, hand shears, toe nail clippers, ear hair pluckers and assorted combs/brushes - all very intimidating stuff to learn to use, especially for a macho guy like myself (g). This dog even has a special toothbrush and Vet-approved toothpaste.
After the first time I attempted grooming our last dog, she looked like the victim of an unfortunate lawn tractor accident. I did get a little better at it, but people quit stooping down to pet the dog. When the groomer did her, she got all kinds of attention. Instead, they asked what breed it was, or said stuff like, "It's so noble of you to rescue dogs from our pet shelters".
So now, I've gone back to getting porked by "Perry" of Perry's Plush Pooch every 6-7 weeks.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat