Today's crazy story comes from an exchange I had with a long-time client. The fact that I had done her dog for so many years, made it just that much more crazy.
I had already taken grooming instructions, and taken the dog to the back, when the front desk told me to come back up. I was greeted by the customer, who had forgotten to ask me something. She wanted to know if I used latex gloves when I groomed the dogs. I do not. I wasn't sure what she was getting at, maybe she was concerned about transfer of germs? She then went on to say that when I came up to get her dog, the dog ran and hid behind her. Sadly, I get that a lot, and had not noticed. The owner then went on to tell me that the reaction she saw was exactly how the dog reacts when it sees a balloon. "She's terrified of latex". Uh.. Ok. (?)
I think there are many more reasons for a dog to fear balloons, than the substance they are made from.. Did she test this, and non-latex balloons are fine? Are balloons even latex? I'm going to go with, she just didn't want a grooming today, and leave it at that.