When my shop phone rings and someone says they heard about me, I am excited and ask what breed of dog they have...Its a poodle! YEAH! I start to get happy. They tell me what they like and don't like. I make some notes in the appointment book so I can do exactly what they want to please them. I like a good challenge and am not afraid of ANYTHING they might ask for. But this is ALWAYS the problem. They bring in these horrible specimens and then request a shave down. Last week, I had a guy tell me on the phone, you BETTER do a good job....we get her done every 6 weeks....the other groomer we used it taking some time off. So I get all nervous, hoping I can meet their high expectations. In walks this filthy dirty woman with this overgrown mess of a toy poodle. I was in shock. I expected a slightly fuzzy version of a well-groomed poodle, wouldn't you? She said the other groomer always gives her round feet because the dog is 10 and can't be touched on her front legs. So I'm expecting a biting snarling dematting job that will take a long time. We had her done with poodle feet, nail polish and nice column legs, in a lamb trim about 3/4 inch all over cause she said she didn't want her to look "pink". She had a pink and purple bead necklace and the lady was in shock. Actually I was too. The dog had a course coat that dematted easily and although its nails were and inch long daggers, they clipped nice and short without bleeding at all and I did her in about an hour. I think she USED TO THINK the other groomer was wonderful....but seeing what I did in a hour floored her. I like these kind. I hate ones who complain about the other groomer and then all they want me to do is make their dog totally naked. Well anybody can do that. I like to turn something a mess into something thats proud to be called a poodle.