Is dog grooming a plaything of the rich? Well, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Some might not understand a dog owner’s affection towards his beloved pet, pampering them like humans, and sometimes, grooming them more than a human!
I was not a believer of these grooming things at first, and just like any other people, I saw it as something outrageous, but things got a huge flip when I got my very own Golden Retriever, which came as a present from a client. An unexpected, and deep inside, an “unwanted” gift, but how could I turn down such a gift?
I thought that I had enough dose of “firsts’ with my kids, but it appears that Betelgeuse (Pronounced as Beetle-Juice), the name of our dog, still has a lot more on his sleeves, err, on his furs.
It was through him that I had my first hand experience at dog bath, first dog walk, and my first ‘poop-pick-up’ from a dog, but what’s most challenging about these ‘firsts’ is my first nail cut on a dog, and I couldn’t tell how terrified our Betelgeuse was when he first saw a nail file! His nails were growing too long, so I had to ‘wrestle’ with him. I also tried nail clipping him, but I found out that the nail file could be more comfortable to use because I had more control of his final nail shape.
Thank God, he finally overcame his fear of the nail file; in fact, it is now such a breeze to have a nail session with him.
A Birthday Gift
For his 4th birthday, (Christmas Day is his birthday), we decided that it might be a good idea to bring him to local dog groomers to give him a never-before-given gift. “The Bone Plushies are so yesterday”, as my daughter puts it, so we brought him one afternoon to a grooming pet shop. Since birthdays come only once a year, I gave it a go, even if it seemed a bit pricey. It appears that my 3 kids were way more excited than Betelgeuse himself!
From the moment we arrived, it took Jim, the one who handled him, 4 or so hours to fully groom our dog, with all the hair cutting, nail cutting, bathing, and all the other stuff done to our Betelgeuse.
After the session, we were advised to bring our dog twice a month to have a full bath at the shop. It was very convenient for me since I’m always having a hard time giving our dog a complete bath with my busy schedule. It turned out that this visit would not be our last visit to the shop.
Jim then brought out our obviously excited dog for a walk, and it was just a fun experience for him and a fitting gift for our beloved dog. Jim had done a fantastic job for our dog that I decided to give him a tip as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to him.
Full service for a small dog, a head-to-toe pampering, usually costs $40, while for big dogs, a full service costs $75. Some might find it ‘a bit’ too pricey, but the convenience it provides in handling our dogs’ needs is all worth it. With a busy schedule, like mine, I feel guilty that I can’t provide a full hands-on pampering that Betelgeuse deserves, so even if the service was a bit pricey, again, for me and for my dog, it’s all worth it! It’s also worth mentioning that while getting your dog professionally groomed is nice it isn’t always the most affordable choice, you also have the option to buy your own dog clippers for quite a reasonable price so perhaps that’s another choice for long term consideration.