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Bad Haircut

June 5, 2007

Warning:  The pictures you are about to see could be disturbing.

Last weekend, my wife and I took the dogs in for a bath and some grooming – it had been a while since they had been thoroughly brushed and were in need of a trim and shampoo.  We left instructions that the ‘malamutt’be brushed and washed, but otherwise left alone, and that the pomeranian-shelty mix, be washed and trimmed as her fur was getting rather long and  “the dog days of summer” will soon be here.

When we returned, and they brought the dogs out, we were speechless.   Here’s the before and after picture.   No, the second picture has not been “photoshopped” to paste the dogs head on another body.  That’s just how she was “trimmed”.


Clearly, there was a bit of a misunderstanding in the connotation of “trim”.  We intended the term to convey the idea of shorter, without all the tangles.  A smooth, but still full coat.  The groomers were thinking more along the lines of shaved.  Perhaps they had previously had the job of giving haircuts to bootcamp recruits?

The hardest part of the whole thing was standing in line to pay, with other pet owners looking at us, the dog, then back at us.  Some had looks of disbelief, others shook their heads.  Leslie and I divided up the responsibility.  I explained to people to the left of us that this wasn’t what we had in mind, while she covered the lines to our right.

We’ve kept the dog away from mirrors to prevent any psychological scarring, and I’m sure the fur will grow back soon – er fairly sure.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Garry permalink
    June 5, 2007 2:10 pm

    That dog groomer need to go back to ‘remedial dog grooming’. This haircut had got to be a beginner or someone who was having a very bad ‘hair day’.

  2. jen permalink
    June 7, 2007 4:42 am

    You stated that your dog had not been brushed for a while? Do you know anything about mats? How painful they are to the dog let alone brushing and combing them out? Perhaps your groomer did what was right for the dog. Pet owners can’t NOT brush their dogs and think that groomers are miracle workers. Mats are painful and cause the skin to break done , paving the way for sores and infections. As a groomer I see this all the time. Brush and comb your dog daily or deal with the consequences.

  3. June 7, 2007 11:19 am


    You know, that’s certainly a fair point. While it may have read that way, my post was not intended as a rant against the groomers, and I certainly didn’t mention where this occured. The dog’s fur had gotten long, and we’ve successfully had it shortened at the same location before. These previous sessions have left the dog with a full, even, coat, and with it clean and cooler for her during summer. I think the issue was just mis-communication, as the dog was presented to us without explanation, other then expectation that this is what we wanted. Other than feeling self conscious in line, we paid our bill, never expressed dissatisfaction with the establishement and left. We bear no ill will, and will continue to frequent other branches of that same establishment for our pet needs, including making use of the co-located vets.

    I’m sure as a dog groomer, your faced with pets that arrive in all conditions, and owners to match. Thanks for the comments, and we will try to spend a bit more time with the brush in the future.

  4. June 7, 2007 11:25 am


    Another thought, I re-read my post. I meant the overall post in a light-hearted manner, starting with the warning about the graphic images at the begining, but I see that I did take a couple shots, comparing the dog groomers to those giving GI haircuts. I did intend it as poking fun. But I bear no ill will.

    Thanks for stopping, and sharing your thoughts.

  5. sweetlybroken permalink
    June 7, 2007 5:00 pm

    what a roar, great post, I feel for both you and your dog, and yes, the fur will grow back 🙂 Both mine are of the short hair version, I’m not big on grooming either.

  6. June 8, 2007 1:05 am

    I once had that happening to me; un-like the dog I was able to prevent any photographs to be taken.

    Luckily for you(r dog) it’s springtime and summer’s approaching quickly; the only problem might be the psychological consequences of other dogs making fun out of the poor thing. Have you considered a pet psychiatrist? 😉

  7. June 8, 2007 5:04 am

    If that had happened to us, you can get hell would have been raised. You are a better man than I Mark

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