We did not have anything planned for this past Independence Day. My family was flying into Spokane late, but the kids all wanted to have a picnic in Spokane then hang around for fireworks. When the sun doesn’t go down until 9:30ish, it makes for a late night to watch fireworks than a two-hour drive home (plus with the family arriving sometime in there).
So hubby and I were planning on just staying home and getting ready for the relatives to arrive and let the kids go have their picnic and fireworks together.
The day before I had bathed the big puppies (Finn, Baby Girl, Gypsy, and Cayenne. I had already gotten Sage bathed and groomed) and was planning on spending part of the day grooming them, then cleaning house and doing some cooking. So I had my day planned out already.
Then number one son (who was visiting from CO) said, “Mom, he (number two son) wants you to come”. (His fiancee’ and her family would be there too).
So plans changed quickly! But since the pups were already cleaned, I still wanted to get them groomed before they went out in the yard and got dirty again. Thankfully, the family pitched in and did the tidying and cleaning so I could groom the pups!
Finn was first and I had a new “longer” blade I wanted to try on him that would leave more coat on. I took some time and he turned out pretty cute!
Next was Gypsy and I decided I had better speed things up a bit and use my regular blade which would leave her with shorter hair but would speed the process up a bit.
Then it was Baby Girl’s turn. I did the same with her. But as each dog came up, my grooming got worse and worse as I hurried to get things done in time to make it to the picnic. I looked at B.G. later and saw that I missed some long hairs in between her front legs. *insert eye roll*
Last was poor Cayenne. I say poor Cayenne, because her haircut was definitely the worst! (Good thing, I’m not applying for a grooming job!) I had just gotten some new blades (different sizes than before) and one was a #40 blade which is a surgical, super close cut. It’s the kind the vet uses when they shave a dog for surgery. I also had a new blade holder to keep my blade organized. I stuck the #40 blade towards the back so I wouldn’t accidentally use it.
I started grooming her with the regular blade but it wasn’t going through her hair very well (probably getting dull I assumed) so I popped it off the clippers and grabbed (what I thought) was the other blade of the same number. Zoom, went the first clip. Man, this is cutting really weird I thought, as I kept going. I had a big patch done, before I looked and realized (duh!) THAT I HAD GRABBED THE SURGICAL BLADE! *big sigh
Poor dog looks like a four-year-old did her haircut!!
The regular blade is short enough as you can see. (this wasn’t finished yet..)
So all the babies are up to date on their grooms, but I can’t wait for Cayenne’s hair to grow out so I can give her a cuter trim!