Well here we are in 2017 , 12 years since we opened our first shop in Biggleswade, we are now in our 3rd shop and we couldn’t be happier in our lovely old building with its beams and nooks and crannies, it’s the oldest shop in the town so I am told. The only thing missing is a nice log burner, maybe next year!
Winter time can be confusing especially for new owners who are not sure how to care for their pets in the colder months. Over the last few years in particular Cockerpoo’s, Cavachons, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles have soared in popularity & quite rightly so they make delightful pets and I love to groom them, probably why our facebook page is full of pretty pictures of their cute faces!
The one thing all these poodle crosses have in common is that they need care and attention to keep their coats in good condition and to prevent uncomfortable matting and knots. The first year is always the hardest when the puppy coat is changing and owners are getting used to the responsibility of their new family member. Unfortunately this can be the time when if the coat has been left too long without being groomed correctly I have had to break the news that the only thing to be done with their coat is to clip it short. I always discuss this drastic but sometimes necessary action with owners prior to taking any action.
When matts are so close to the skin they can become painful and no amount of home grooming will remove them. Believe me when I say that I hate to clip dogs short, I am a creative person and take pride on the beautiful and stylish cuts I produce and love to share their images on social media. But primarily I have a motto that is behind everything that I do:
Humanity Before Vanity!!
No dog will be put through suffering for the sake of their beauty in my salon, so extensive dematting and harsh brushing will never happen at Hollywood Dogs!
Short cuts can look very cute and even in winter time when your dog spends at least 20 hours of the day in your warm and cosy home they will not feel the cold plus always a good opportunity to buy them a cute winter sweater!
So what can you do to keep your dog in great condition all year round? A regular grooming schedule is a must, I recommend 4-6 week intervals. That way you can keep your dog in a stylish cut and the maintenance for you in between is minimal, we are all busy people and I understand how hard it is to keep on top of this at home. We also offer a mid groom bath and brush out service just ask if its something you may be interested in.
As always I am always on the end of the phone or FB messenger, and advice is freely available at all times.
Happy New Year to you all!
Rachel and Matt and Peggy Sue