Many times over the years I have had husbands and wives wanting their dog groomed differently......meaning they can't agree on the hair cut.
Nine times out of ten the wife wins.
Even when a husband drops the dog off, I find myself calling to wife to make sure the husband told me to do the right cut.
I remember years ago when the receptionist at the Vet office I was working at told me about a husband that had brought in a full coated Bearded Collie.
The Breadie had been groomed there several times before by the previous groomer, always a bath and comb-out.
The husband gave instructions that the dog was to be shaved down do to medical reasons.
So the groomer shaved the dogs beautiful full coat off as per instructions.
The wife picked the dog up.
You can use your imagination for what happened next.
The receptionist told me it was very bad.
Apparently the husband and wife were going through a divorce.
The husband knew how much the wife loved the dog, and how much care she took with the dogs coat care.
One of his complaints was that she took more care of the dog than him.
Now, why this wife still trusted the man she was divorcing with her dog is beyond me.
Unfortunately, her husband decided to get back at her for whatever reason and have the groomer shave the coat off of her beloved dog.
Needless to say, the receptionist said that that was the last time they trusted someone giving grooming instructions that would cause a drastic change to the dogs appearance.
Whenever they were asked to do a different grooming from the norm, they required a signature okaying the grooming instructions.
They would also call spouses to check.
I have always remembered this story.
It is one of the reasons why I call wives.
Then there is what happened the other day.....
Both husband and wife came in with their new dog.
Both husband and wife already knew how they wanted their Schnoodle groomed.
The Schnauzer style.
I made sure that they knew what they were asking for.
I made sure that they knew the top and sides of the head would be shaved.
The ears would be shaved.
The back would be clipped very short.
The hair on the tail would be shaved off.
Yes, they wanted the Schnauzer cut.
Just like the picture on my lobby wall.
Sadly, this is the best I could do to get a side shot of her.
She kept turning right as I took the picture.
The husband really liked the cut.
The wife was in shock.
I could tell.
She was so quite.
She was used to her shaggy guy.
This was a new, very different looking dog.
Personally, I think the cut fit him.
Of course he looked cute with his scruffy look too.
So, we shall see when they come back for their next appointment.
How will he be groomed the next time?
Like a Schnauzer, the way the husband liked it?
Or, back to the scruffy look? (the way that I have a feeling the wife likes better)
Maybe the cut will grow on the wife. :)