Even though we're newbies at clipping a dog's fur, we sort of felt encouraged that we couldn't make his cut look much worse than the uneven, haphazard one he already had when we bought him. He had bits of hair all over his body in a variety of lengths. We even made the hard desicion to clip the long hair on his ears short. The long fur on his ears was so soft, but it was hard to keep clean and we needed to make sure and brush him regularly to avoid tangles.
I just have to say that poodle hair is awesome! All those tight curls keep the hair together and are much easier to clean than human hair. I should know because I usually do the clean up when the boys get haircuts.
We bathed Griffin before his haircut with a shampoo that the pet store just handed to us to buy. It was supposedly to enhance the color of a black dogs fur. Unfortunately, it smelled SO strong of perfume, it was awful! Just awful! So, after his haircut we put him back in the tub and just gave him an oatmeal bath and I hoped that some of the perfume would wash away.
Kate snuggling Griff after his haircut and 2nd bath.
All the boys got haircuts that morning, and afterwards we needed a snack! James enthusiastically volunteered to eat the leftover salad in the fridge and then asked if he could share some with Griffin. I am generally against feeding Griffin table scraps unless it's only a little and completely OK for a dog to eat. So, I said James could try giving him some, but wasn't sure he'd like it. I was so proud to see that Griffin ate the lettuce! He's a dog after my own heart and fits perfectly in our family. He loves fresh fruits and vegetables!
Griffin looks like a small black Labrador in his new haircut.
Of course, we HAD to suddenly have a cold snap outside the day after Griff's haircut, and since we didn't want to rush out to buy him a doggy coat on Sunday (we don't shop on Sundays), I found a old knit vest of William's in the donation bag that he'd grown out of and made Griff a sweater.
Griffin somewhat disliked his fall sweater (see that pathetic face?) and tried to rub against the couches or roll on the ground in attempts to get it off, but I was particularly proud of it. It's fun to be resourceful. Though, now that it's getting even colder, we're using a doggie coat that's a lot warmer and with fuller coverage!