There are benefits of having a hairy dog. They don’t moult, they are warm on a cold evening and they can double as a pillow. However when they like to play in rivers and mud, there is an unfortunate side-effect – mats.
Mats are essentially nasty entanglements of hair that occur in the topcoat and undercoat. They can be caused by dirt, loose and dead hair and a multitude of other things and are basically an annoyance for dogs that be quite painful if they become infected. Therefore you must continually groom and brush your dog so they don’t occur.
Unfortunately, our grooming was not as thorough as it should have been and CJ soon became a virtual forest of mats. That, coupled with the fact that she loathes trimmers, meant we had no choice but to take her to the vet’s, get her sedated and have a full-body close shave.
Now, she looks like a completely different dog. In fact, I’m not completely sure that it isn’t another dog…
However it does mean that we are back to the basics when it comes to grooming. We have a 12-page document detailing how we must acclimatise her to trimmers and scissors and over the next few months, we must learn how to shave our dog. Again.
This is not going to be fun. Especially with a dog who now looks like a patchy old man as opposed to a awesome bear-wookie hybrid.