People often ask us how we keep our two dogs looking so silky all the time. There are couple of answers to that question. First of all, they get a balanced and nutritious diet of a high quality dog food. The dog food is supplemented with olive oil to make certain they have sufficient fatty acids. (We give them one teaspoonful three times a week over their dry food.) Secondly, they get plenty of exercise with free running almost every day. Finally, we groom them regularly. They are brushed at least every other day (preferably daily), teeth are brushed several times a week, ears cleansed twice a week, pawpad hair and nails clipped monthly.
We are fortunate to have a special room in which to groom them. http://ncmountainwoman.blogspot.com/2008/05/fridays-are-golden_30.html
We always groom Ellie first. Her hair is thicker and longer and she takes more time. But that doesn't stop Lucy from hopping up on the grooming table.
Grooming begins with a wonderful de-shedding tool called the Furminator. It removes the dead hair, especially from the undercoat.
We use the Furminator on the top and sides of the dog. A different undercoat comb is used for her underside and the feathering on her hips.
The Furminator is really good for getting that hair under the ears and the chest hair.
Ellie hates to have her tail combed. It is so feathery that it takes a while.
Ellie is very patient, but looks around to see if my husband is almost finished with her tail.
We cleanse her ears with an astringent. Floppy-eared dogs are prone to yeast or bacterial infections, so a good cleansing is a necessary preventative.
When she hears the click of Ellie's collar, Lucy knows Ellie is done and it is her turn. She hops up on the table.
Gee, Mom. Don't I already look glamorous? So we don't need to groom me today, do we?
Yes, Lucy. Look at your ears and the feathering on your legs. You don't want to get any matting, do you?
It is indeed a golden Friday here in western NC. The sun is shining brightly through the branches. January is practically over and it's only four weeks until March. Wherever you are, I hope you are doing well. Our thoughts are with our northern and mid-western friends who have suffered yet another ice storm and power loss. Be careful on those roads.
Have a wonderful weekend, full of love and happiness.