I bought a Model Dog a couple of years ago to compete with.
After I ordered the model dog I read the instructions for the contest.
It wasn't until after I took the time to slowly read all of the rules that I found out that I could not keep the Model Dog at the end of the contest.
It was to be auctioned off for charity.
They where going to take my Model Dog!
I just could not do it.
Those Model Dogs are way too expensive, and after all of the work that I would have to put into grooming a model dog, I wanted to keep it.
Don't get me wrong, it is great to raise money for a charity, but I wanted to keep my dog.
Does that make me a bad person?
I would rather give money and keep my model dog. :/
That was a year and a half ago.
This is my model Dog today...
Yes, sad to say he is still in the box. :(
I have gotten him out and brushed him.
He is mat free! :)
He doesn't cost anything to feed.
And, he hasn't had one accident in the house. :)
He came looking like a corded poodle.
I spent the time slowly and gently brushing out the cords with a pin brush.
You wouldn't believe the amount of hair that comes out.
You would think that I had just brushed out a Samoyed that was blowing his coat.
He is all ready for me to groom.
So what's the problem?
I still can't decide what kind of groom to do.
These Model Dogs are expensive!
I would like to display it in my shop when I am done.
I have thought about grooming it in different lengths so that I could show customers the different lengths that I could do on their dogs.
Maybe really short on the back, and each of the legs a different length going from short to long and full.
But that seems like a waste of a Model Dog.
Maybe if they didn't cost so much, I could have a few of them.
It would be great to give a customer a 3D visual of how their dog would look clipped at different lengths.
I have also thought of just grooming one particular Pure Breed, but which one?
Or, I could do a creative, fun groom on the model dog.
I even thought of doing the creative groom that I am hoping to do at Hershey this September.
The first time that I ever saw a Model Dog was at Intergroom in 2005.
They were Creatively groomed by Japanese groomers.
Here are some of the pictures.
This one was my favorite.
Sorry the picture is blurry.
This was the first time that I had seen the Model Dogs.
I remember thinking, at the time, that it would be so fun to do one of these.
In 2009, Groom Expo in Hershey was having a Model Dog contest.
That was the contest that I was going to enter.
There were some amazing entries.
I am afraid that I did not get the names of the groomers who groomed these dogs.
I was not planning on blogging with these pictures then. :/
Aren't they amazing?
I think that they are so fun.
I think that I will groom my Model Dog creatively.
I'll do what I plan on doing this September.
Maybe it will help me prepare for the creative contest with my girl 'Hanna'.
I will take pictures while I am doing the groom to show here.
If you would like to see more creative Model Dogs, here is a link...Barkleigh Galleries
Surf around the galleries.
There are so many great pictures.
Oh, if you would like to get your own Model Dog to groom, you can get one from Barkleigh Productions Inc.
Here is the link...Barkleigh on line store.
At least they are $20 cheaper then when I got mine. :)
Happy Grooming, MFF