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Old 11-12-2012, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Poor Sandy has been on the back burner for the last couple of weeks and I haven't really truly groomed her in that time. Seems like there has been so much going on with kids school and so on. She didn't look that bad just like she needs a bit of a bath...

Well so last week when I went to comb her out before bath I discovered I was totally wrong. All of her hair decided to connect to each other (like a big web) in different areas..ears, sides, a few spots under her legs. Not bad looking on the top but when you get in there with a comb it's all just a tangled web. It's not matted to the skin skin so it's not as bad as it could get. Is this coat change or just in need of a brushing (bad me...). It was bad enough I think most people would have just shaved it all off. I raided my horses tack box and got out the show sheen and just started at the top. One ear one day, the other front leg the next day, the other ear and front leg the next day, then her left side. Today I went over the other jobs that I did and started with her right hind side and the hair underneath was all connected along her side. After a few hours that is done. Tomorrow I'm going to get to her tail and go back over with the comb and then wash. A big lesson for me...never ever never forget to brush.

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Haha! I'm almost glad to see this post! I think Lucy is about at the same point. I haven't missed too many days of grooming, but I swear a rainfall and just an hour or so of wearing a coat and her dang armpits and chest are COMPLETELY matted. I swear I am also at the point of going out to buy show sheen and was trying to find advice for and against it! So funny that your timing placed your post here and today!

Do you think the show sheen is working well for you?!

I have also considered the "S" word and when I talk to Lucy while grooming, and she's showing her displeasure at the tangles, I say "I bet you're just sitting there yelling in your mind, JUST SHAVE ME ALREADY!"

Can't bring myself to that point yet, but I bet she might like it..

Also her beautiful tearless eyes are tearless no more. I've noticed that she tears a lot worse when stressed or going through a really tangly spot in her coat. Poor doggee!

Good luck with Sandy, and please do keep us updated!!!

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We just did the same thing - but we shaved it all off... a coat change would make me feel so much better than just being a crappy enough mom that I failed to notice it with daily brushing - sure it was not the best brush - but you'd think it could have been prevented.... Spike is 1 year and a couple of weeks....

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Well I think it worked okay. I just had the spray kind so the Detangler gel might have worked better. I know long term it's probably not good for the coat but when you need it's better than water and I think better than the CC ice on ice.


I think Lucy looks so cute in her hair cut. Sandy really needs one and I trimmed up her chest several weeks ago and kinda goofed. I need to find a groomer and put her in a proper cut.

Luckly I haven't had to deal with tearing. Lets hope I just didn't jinx myself. :0)
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If you are horse peoples the best is cowboy magic works wonders on burrs and shavings stuck in coat our old havanese was always a mess after the barn
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Your right cowboy magic does work better (the gel better than the spray I think). I just didn't have any...need to make a extra trip to the tack store. Oh a tip if you use show sheet. Don't spray it on the floor. I did most of the spraying on the grooming table but one time I was working with her on the floor. Oops I sprayed the floor and didn't realize it. Later dear hubby almost did the splits in the kitchen. Let just say he wasn't happy about it. I should have known better as I know it will make a saddle slip..that was me not using my brain.


I also need to get some kind of leg covers/raincoat for when it's wet. She doesn't really love her baths but when i'm trying to fill up the water trough outside she's tries to get in the water flow or just jumps in the nearest mud puddle. Makes for a very messy poodle.
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Oh coat change is so challenging! You guys will be so happy when you're through it; we just came out the other end and now when I line comb, the hair has got such a cool quality. It just slides through the comb, even though it's very thick. I tried to keep a coat on my two through coat change but the poor dogs hated de-matting so much, I thought, do I have show dogs? No I do not. So off it came. Turns out even a fluffy topknot, ears and tail was challenging to keep mat-free! And it's growing back really fast now.
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neo paws makes a ok four leg rain coat . And yes slippy saddle / floors have done both you aren't alone
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