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, June 23, 2014


......Not dog faces, but my faces while grooming.

Now, let me say right now, there will be NO pictures of the faces that I apparently make while grooming.
And, if anyone ever tried to take one, I would have to do them bodily harm. ;)

Yes, I have caught myself making faces while I am scissoring, brushing, or just really concentrating on what I am doing.

I never really paid attention to the fact that I do this until my husband came up to me one day and asked; "Is something wrong?"
"No, why?" I asked.
"Why are you making that face?" he answered.
"What face? What are you talking about?"
"You were sticking your tongue out with your face all scrunched up," he told me.
"I was not!!!!" I countered.

My husband started to laugh and tease me for the face that I had apparently been making.

"When did you start doing that?" he asked.
"I..am..not..making..faces!!!" I insisted and went back to work.

My crazy husband.
I had know idea what in the world he thought that I was doing.
I don't make faces while I groom.

Or, so I thought....

Till I caught myself doing it....sticking my tongue out while concentrating on scissoring a leg the next day.
Not a lot.
I mean, I didn't look like one of my furry customers with my tongue hanging out of my mouth.
Just the tip of my tongue was sticking out, and on top of that, I was actually biting down on the tip of my tongue as I concentrated on what I was doing.
As for scrunching up my face like my husband described, I don't think I was doing that.
I don't think.

Now, ever since my husband brought this to my attention, I have caught myself doing this several times during a day of grooming.
Have I always done this??

How many faces do I make?
I have caught myself making a few different ones.
Pressing my lips together tightly.
Making a face at the dog if it is giving me hard time. 

My youngest son used to make faces with the tip of his tongue sticking out while playing PlayStation.
I used to love when he did that, and would just sit and watch him.
He was so cute!

Me....not so much.
I can only imagine what I look like when I make faces grooming.
I also have no desire to see myself either. lol

So, do any other groomers out there make faces while they groom?
Do you know if you do or not?
Maybe you do and don't realize it.

Or.......maybe it is just me.

Oh my josh!! Maybe I have been around dogs too long.
Now I am sticking my tongue out like some of them. :)  


  1. I'm sure I do....I know my associate does! and its funny! I hold my breath a lot. .my friend often says. " breathe!'....then I almost pant....silly

  2. Lisa, unrelated... check out: http://drgrumpyinthehouse.blogspot.com/ it'll help you deal with your own customers!
    -elizabeth UT
    p.s. no need to post this comment.

  3. I came across your blog because I was looking for a place to market my book. I groomed for about 12 years and I also write fiction. I've written a novel and two short stories that feature a dog groomer/amateur detective and thought a grooming blog would be a great place to start marketing. I don't want to spam your board but I didn't see an email link -- please feel free to tell me to bug off if this is too intrusive. But if you're looking for a guest blogger some time, I’d love to work with you.
    Your blog brought back some great memories -- I enjoyed reading it. I can’t believe I never worked with a mirrored backboard! What an ingenious tool!
    Kim Hunt Harris

  4. I've been reading your blog for years and somehow THIS is the post that's forcing me to comment. I started off grooming at a big box store. The salon was too small. Often, there would be eleven groomers and three bathers on a shift with only two tubs, one drying table and six grooming tables. It was very stressful on the groomers and the poor dogs that came in. We also had to groom in front on windows and act like we were happy no matter what the situation. I guess to compensate for not being able to make faces, I started to clench my teeth and hold my breath for long periods of time. I didn't realize what I was doing until my jaw started getting sore. I recently opened my own salon so this doesn't happen anymore :) I'm sure I'm actually making weird faces now.