Again, it's been too long since my last blog post, so here is a quick recap of the highs and lows of the last few weeks.
What made me smile? Well, lots of things, there is a reason I love my job. 1st off, there has been a huge influx of new puppies coming to me lately. I love puppies. They are difficult sometimes, but I love to hug them, smell their puppy breath and teach them things. I had Shih Tzu babies, a Yorkie, a Havanese, to name a few. It's fun to give them that first haircut, and to see the owners face, when they see the makeover.
I had a new poodle puppy coming in with an elderly man. He told me she "likes to nip" and he wanted me to be very careful when I groomed her. It was her 1st groom, and he had been brushing her (YAY). He knew what type of haircut he wanted, but he told me that I'd know better what girls need than him. :). It was obvious this little spitfire was his pride and joy. Before we parted ways and he left her with me. He took me by the shoulders and looked right into my eyes, he said "if you do a good job I will give you $5 extra". Then, he dug in his pocket and showed me the five dollar bill and said "maybe I should give it to you right now!". I pushed away his money and told him to wait and see her haircut first. He came to pick her up after I had left for the day, and no tip was left. I didn't really think much of it, but I did wonder how he liked her haircut and her hot pink bows, when I came to work the next day. I was called to the front later that morning, and there he was, with a big smile on his face and my five dollar bill. He told me he loved the haircut and before he left, he gave me a big hug. What a sweet guy. I'm sure the smile never left my face the rest of the day.
Things that made me laugh? The kid who told J that his Springer Spaniel was a "Secret Agent"! HA! I've no idea what that means, but it's just awesome! Then there was the lady who has us put a mohawk on her small dog, but then wanted the beard left rounder, "so he doesn't look so mean". Ok...
This made me laugh as well.
I love this one, my niece learning to groom thanks to J's incredibly patient Golden Retriever. Love that dog! She actually did a really good job on his feet! Good thing she's only 11.. my knees wouldn't take kneeling on the cement for long.
Things that made me cry?
This week two clients lost very special dogs. Both of them had been grooming clients since they were tiny pups. One of them came for daycare every day for a year. I hate that part of my job. I've been grooming so long, I've seen some clients lose 2 or 3 pets now, I am privileged to have known them their whole lives.
This also made me cry just today, but in a good way.
Good clients of mine had lost their older dog, and told me that the remaining one was having a hard time without her. They were interested in a a certain breed, and sometimes I groom good rescue prospects for the local animal shelter, so I told her I'd keep her in mind, and let her know if any came through.
One did, he was around 5 or 6 and so incredibly sweet. He did have some issues, he had horrible ear infections and his skin was not healthy at all. The vet that saw him warned the shelter that his new owners would have to be made aware that these problems would likely be lifelong. Not everyone can afford to care for a dog with chronic skin and ear problems, and not everyone is willing to deal with the constant medicating. It made me sad that he might be overlooked at the shelter, or worse yet, go to a home that would continue neglecting him as he so obviously had been in the prior situation.
I thought about it, and decided to call my clients after all. I told her of his problems, but also told her I wouldn't ever have considered calling her if he wasn't so sweet. The hope was that with good care, he would become healthier to some extent. She was excited, and said she would go over and take a look at him. I never heard back from her, and didn't want to call and ask. Maybe he wasn't a good fit, or maybe the state of his ears put her off.
Today I groomed him! The whole family loves him. The best part? His ears look like a normal dog's ears!!! It's amazing, only a month later! The vet couldn't believe it. He does still have his skin allergies, but they are pretty minor. I tear up just typing this.. he got a second chance with that family. I'm so happy for them all. As she left, she too gave me a hug, and said she couldn't thank me enough for finding them that wonderful dog. I told her that he was really the lucky one, but I don't think she believes me.
I love my job.