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.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Makeover Monday #1

I have been trying to get another Before and After post together.

I have been trying, and trying, and trying.

I get before pictures and then the day gets busy and I forget, or don't have time to take the after pictures.
Or, I have a dog come in that I think would make a really spectacular before and after picture, and before I get a chance to take a picture, my son or daughter already has the dog in the tub, half bathed.
There goes my before picture......

So, I decided to try something different.

Makeover Monday.

I will pick some of the dogs during the week to take pictures of from the beginning of the grooming to the end of their grooming.

How will I decide which dog will be the makeover dog?

It is going to be the dog that I managed to find the time to get all the pictures of. 

The hardest part is getting pictures of my daughters dogs.

My daughter is like Mighty Mouse when it comes to grooming, and getting her to slow down for me to take a picture of her dog is like pulling teeth.
The girl never stops, and usually has five or more of her dogs done by noon.
We'll see....

So, here is my first Makeover Monday dog.

The  Body Before.

The Head Before.

We start with a good bath.

The body was scrubbed with a mixture of Oat-Mella shampoo by Double K® and Bright White shampoo by Ring5®.

The face was washed with a mixture of Bright White shampoo by Ring5® and Odor Eliminator by Green Groom®.

I let him soak for a few minutes to let the Bright white shampoo do its job.

All clean and blow dried.

The owner wants half of the hair off the body, and around and over the eyes short.

I could run a purple clip comb over the dog and then scissor, but the hair on this dogs coat grows in all different directions.

Because of the hair growing in so many different directions, using the clip comb could cause an uneven cut.

So, I decided to hand scissor the dogs body and legs.

This gave me more control when cutting such a wavy coat.

The Back Leg After.

The Front Legs After.

The Side of the Face After.

The Ear After.

The Tail After.

A Back View After.

The Face After.

Well, that's it for the first Monday Makeover. :)

✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂


  1. Wow, he looks almost identical to my own dog. The before and after.

  2. THank you thank you thank you. I love this!

  3. Awww, what a cutie! I love your groom!

    Reading over this, I was wondering if you might consider giving a little insight on shampoos. I'm not a groomer, so maybe this would be something for your "Grooming Your Furry Friend" blog, and I know that you have a tight schedule. Just a thought on something I'd love to learn more about someday from someone who knows what they're talking about!

    Also - super cute thumb ring! :)

    1. Hi Jacki,
      I have neglected my other blog. :( I have a little notebook full of things to talk about for that blog. I really need to try to post on it at least once a week. I have been planning a post on it about 'bathing your pet at home'. Adding something about shampoos is a great idea. Thanks. I will try to post it soon. :)

      Oh, learned how to make the ring off of Pinterest. lol