About Me:

I am a professional Pet Groomer. I have been grooming for 28 years. This Blog is a kind of diary of my work. I wish I had started years ago, writing some of the experiences I have had while grooming. Most days are fun, some can be sad, some can be just down right crazy. If you are a pet owner and come across this blog, I hope it helps you understand how your pet is groomed. If you are a Pet Groomer, I hope you can relate to some of the stories. Maybe even learn a grooming tip or can leave a friendly grooming tip for me. There is always something to learn, no matter how long you have been grooming.

Friday, August 10, 2012

How Often Do You Do It?



No, No...shame on you.

THAT is not what I was talking about!

Cut yourself....

......With your scissors.

That is what I am talking about. :)

How often do you cut yourself while grooming?

I seem to do it cut myself at least once every few  months.

Except for those couple of times that I decided to cut myself a couple of times in one day.

You know...it usually happens when you are scissoring a leg...at least that is when it happens to me.

You are scissoring along and suddenly you feel that little snip of the scissor tips on your skin.

 Most of the time I just keep on scissoring, and check the cut when I am finished scissoring that leg.

There have even been sometimes when I have not even realized that I have cut myself.
I will suddenly see blood and panic.

Do I think to check myself ?

I panic and check all over the dog.
The dog didn't flinch.
' I couldn't have cut the dog.' I keep thinking as I am frantically looking all over the dog for some kind of injury or bleeding wart.

When I am finially satisfied that the dog is fine, I start checking myself.
I clean the blood off of my hand, or finger and sure enough I have cut myself.

I am sooo relieved.
I cut me...not the dog.

Only another groomer can understand my joy.

When a groomer sees blood...we are always happy when it turns out to be our own.

It has been awhile since I last cut myself.
I can't even remember when the last time was.
The cut today was very shallow and did not bleed much at all, but there have been a couple of times over the years where I have almost cut my own knuckle off, or scissored a V shaped chunk of skin off.

Thankfully that is very rare.

I am very good at always being aware of where the tips of my scissors are when scissoring the dog.
My problems is, I don't seem to be just as good at watching out for my own hands.

 The crazy thing is, not 30 minutes after I cut myself today, my daughter also cut herself.

Only she decided to go much deeper than I did.

You know, it is bad enough that we groomers have to watch out for injuries from biting dogs, but it is just pathetic that we also have to watch out for injuring ourselves. :p

Happy Grooming, MFF


  1. I can go months and months and months without cutting myself, and then I'll cut myself 3 times in one week. :-p And yes, I am always relieved when the blood is my own! How crazy we must seem to non-groomers...

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      My family definitely thinks I am the crazy dog person. :)
      Lisa, MFF

  2. when-ever i get my scissors sharpened, it never fails. I always cut myself the next week or two- on a WHITE dog! Thank goodness for peroxide!

    1. Hi Laura,
      I really check over the dog to make sure that my blood is not going home with that dog, but I have been known to tell an owner that if they see any blood on their dog 'it is mine'! :p