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We’ve had a lot going on. Some great news, and some not so great news. We’ve all been around trying to help each other out.
Moving My Grooming Table
My salon is moving locations, so i’ve been pulling 60 hour work weeks trying to help. I groom more, so the owner can groom less and get this salon done. This means I’m out grooming on the mobile van. Not my favorite, but at least I have a job! We down sized our crew a lot since she isn’t taking the boarding facility with us. So about 10 people lost their jobs. Wish there was something I could do to help. On the last day of everyone being there, I did order lunch for everyone, but that was about the extent of it.
We also said goodbye to Calcetin. He’s off in doggy heaven now, probably running a muck. He’s been through cancer, blue green algae poisoning, and finally his immune system said enough. He stopped eating and slowly declined in health. His mom just had her baby and they just bought a house so it’s been busy for her. We all had to come together to help her mourn. She feels guilty, as though this was her fault, when really she’s probably one of the best dog mom’s I know. We miss you Calcetin and I’m glad you got to meet your two legged brother before you said good bye.
We were hoping to get to the poodle specialty show this past weekend, but with my crazy schedule, Yuki and I have missed a lot of conformation classes. Sorry I have no pictures of this, I go by myself since I get off work and fly over there, so it’s hard to get a selfie of me practicing with Yuki. I promise though, the first show we enter, there will be lots of pictures! We are also resting until I think December-January. I feel Yuki looks a little gangly right now. I little to long in the body, her legs need a little fill. You know those ugly teenage years.
We did however enter Yuki is agility classes. I want to do both dogs. I think Aladdin would love some agility. But again, I think I’m on my own and it would be really difficult to train two dogs by myself. I’m hoping a friend is going too, so we can grab pictures of each other’s dog. I’m really excited for this class to start. Yuki is 9 month old right now, so that means we can start training for more endurance stuff with out worry about her bone structure. By the time we get to the really physical stuff, she should be a year old. I’m just nervous with her being too scared of the teeter totter. She hates walking on those man hole overs and some metal coverings where the buildings use an underground passage as a loading dock. Only city people know what I’m talking about there *laughs*. I wish I knew what those things were called. So with her always trying to avoid those, I’m nervous she won’t warm up to the teeter totter or the walk. But we’ll see. I’m hoping she proves me wrong! :D
A New Hair Cut
Excuse my beautiful appearance. I was waiting on Julio to take a picture and I fell asleep. So this is my look right after a nap lol Yuki and I were tired after all that work!
Yuki got a new hair cut. Typically in poodles, you don’t put the continental clip on them until they are 12 months, or a year old. The reason being that they just do not have enough coat. Yuki is growing coat pretty quickly, and I figure while we’re in our resting phase, I’ll practice. In the grooming world, the continental clip is one of the most difficult hair cuts. The Bichon cut is another very difficult cut. Some argue over which of these is more difficult, but the Bichon doesn’t have rosettes you need to worry about. So, since I don’t get very much practice, since no show poodle just pops into a salon, I figured I would give it a go. I’m also so frustrated with coat change right now, not having to worry about brushing out all that leg hair sounded like a really nice idea. I made a few mistakes, we found a couple of fleas on her, and I carved in a little design. So now I wait for hair to grow out to correct my mistakes, take a little hair off in places, and of course treat my house for fleas, just incase they decided that this was going to be their new home. That is a whole adventure on its own. I dyed Yuki’s ears orange and put a pink (it will be dyed pink today or tomorrow) breast cancer ribbon for this weekends Chicago Paws run. Free advertisement and well, she looks adorable running around like a maniac with some color. No worries, everything is completely pet safe, as safety of my little princess (and any dog for that matter) is always my first priority.
Eventually, Yuki will look like this! Grow coat grow!
If you have any interests in dying dog hair, or simply want more information on it. You can always contact the National Association of Professional Creative Groomers and they will be more than happy to give you more information.
A New Family Member
We recently picked up a new family member. Our neighbor took us to this pet fair (expo) where they do more of your exotic animals, which to me is just mostly reptiles. I have always wanted one and the price there is so much better than your corporate world animals. I also know that these guys are bred well and not just pumped out to fill corporate needs. Reptile farm? I didn’t know if was on the right thinking, since I naturally thing of puppy mills with corporate pet selling. But the guy gave me some information about breeding Chameleons and when he told about how big chameleon producers will wear out their females by over producing eggs (60-70 a batch) they run out of calcium and stop producing and then are shipped out. He gave me a care sheet, places to buy in the area for food, and even place to buy food not in the area. His personal number in case I have any questions and some great tips! I feel safe knowing that our little guy is a healthy baby and he’ll grow up to help eat the flies that come into our home! I would like you guys to me Kiaju (Ki, as in kite; Ju as in Jew).