I know how to groom my dogs and, until this past fall, I did groom them. But first the table I used outside to groom them on broke and then I wore out my clippers. So I decided to have them groomed professionally until we get the house built. We will have a bathroom in the utility/storage room that will be fitted as a grooming room. I cannot wait! How convenient! And much cheaper!!! The first time I brought them in, I thought I would pass out when she gave me the total! However, by bringing them in on a routine basis every 4-6 weeks, the she gives me a very deep discount. And I appreciate that! Especially knowing that for me to groom all three girls myself in one day is a full eight to nine hours if they are in long coat. Almost four hours of that is blow drying time alone!
But I love our groomer. She owns standard poodles herself and we always chit-chat about our Perfect Poodles. So here are some before and after pictures of my "girls."
Delilah Before - My Heart - I call her my "Mary Poppins" - She's Practically Perfect in Every Way
Cosette, Delilah, and Abrial After (it's so hard to photograph a black dog indoors). Cosette is such a ham and never meets a stranger. Delilah is definitely a Mama's Girl. Abrial is very sweet, but shy, and is the resident tennis ball hog.
Cosette showing off her "sweetheart cut" - Delilah has a sweetheart cut as well. Abrial is to small for it to look good, so she is in a kennel clip.
What you don't see in these "after" pictures are their bright pink toenails (yes, my choice). I did remove their bows because for some reason she put one bow in the middle of their topknots rather than two bows, one over each ear, and I didn't like the single bow. Their bows were also bright pink to match their toenails, which matches the pink hibiscus flowers in their matching collars (and, yes, we have a matching leash with a triple connector for all three dogs to walk at the same time).
When we first got Delilah, I said I would never do any of the frou-frou nail polish and bow thing on her. Then STEVE brought her to be groomed for the first time. It was purple nail polish, purple bows, purple bandana - all requested by MY HUSBAND! He said he thought Brooke and Morgan would like it. (Yes, dear, whatever you say.) And if I don't have their nails done, the girls will do them! We have a collection of 60-second-dry polishes in colors to match all our collars and leashes! Girls must have accessories, you know!