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Recently, flea medications have come under scrutiny for their safety.  This is alarming because as the human companion to several different dogs, they have all been exposed, at various times, to a flea control product of one type or another.  I have never been big on flea collars or shampoos and have never ever tried the topical treatments.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge that they are necessary.  As sure as fleas exist, every human dog companion knows this.  But what’s a human companion to do? Continue Reading »


I have had dogs for nearly my entire life – 34 years.  When I was growing up, I had a “puddle” named Heidi and a “bitchin’ fries” named Max.  These are unarguably small pooches which were easy to take to the groomers.  I would pile them into the car, drop them off in the morning, usually around 8:30am and then somewhere around 2pm I would get the call that they were ready for pick up.  The first groomer we had for Heidi, we used for most of her 12 years of life, so naturally when I got Max, we continued going to the same groomer for about the first 5 years of his 18 years, then we changed groomers.

As an adult with a fiancé, and finally adopting our first dog together and on our own, we were adopted by this beautiful fluffy, 12y.o. girl named Morby.  She was a Pom/Sheltie mix, about 2/3 larger than the dogs I had become accustomedMorby too.  We would take her to the groomer, which was a bit more of a project due to her size but we did it religiously.  Morby didn’t mind the groomers the first few times, but then I noticed a change – not the worst – in Morby.  The last time I went to pick her up from the groomer, this little “old lady” came bounding out of the back room, leapt over the 4 foot divider, right into my unsuspecting arms.  It was time to consider an alternative which was to learn grooming myself and then just do the deed myself.  SandyShortly after this incident, I came into custody of a Husky named Sandy.  Sandy was almost twice Morby’s size and due to her condition, was rather clumsy and due to her size was not easy to lift around.  It was definitely my destiny to do the grooming for these girls myself.  This was no easy task.  We decided to take the leap and try mobile dog grooming.  At this point it just made sense. Continue Reading »

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