all dog owners, with your Rovers, throw your hands up at me

So my boyfriend and I now have two dogs. We expect trouble the first time the border collie/cocker spaniel mix tries to herd the black Lab, but so far so good.

Having acquired a second dog, and thus twenty new dog nails, I’m looking for a recommendation for a dog groomer ITP. I can always take the ladies to my vet (Pets Are People Too, on Piedmont just south of Monroe, and I recommend them; they’re awfully sweet, and Hope, the border collie, sailed through her spaying last November with nary a whimper) but if there’s a particularly well-liked, well-respected doggie beauty service out there, I’d love to hear about it.

2 Comments so far

  1. danielle (unregistered) on June 28th, 2005 @ 9:05 am

    Hey, I recommend that you learn to do their nails at home, for a few reasons – it’s a lot of stress on a dog to take them to the groomers just to have their nails done, and believe me, they can screw it up just as well as you can (letting someone “learn” how to trim nails on your dog, or if the actual groomer is busy, and it’s just nails, throwing the task to someone not so experienced). And really, it’s not so hard. Black nails are a wee bit of a challenge, since you can’t see where the nail quick is, so always make sure you have a bottle of Quick Stop (or other coagulant from the pet supply store), and nice sharp nail clippers. Have the vet show you the first time, and then at home, just be very conservative (so that you don’t hit the quick and so that you don’t scare the hell out of your dog), and eventually you’ll get the hang of it. My favorite trick is to trim while sleeping (the dog, not me), or if you have a light sleeper on your hands, with lots of treats in hand. All that, or bring your dogs to brunch, and I’ll trim their nails over omelettes.

  2. Kelley (unregistered) on June 28th, 2005 @ 5:39 pm

    I would think Michael Demmons would be a good person to ask. He loves his Charlotte, and if anyone is likely to have the scoop on intown dog salons-de-beaute, it would be him. Woof! And congratulations on the new tail in the family. ;)

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