Here's the Before & After for BeiBei's trip to the groomer to get a "summer cut".
Isn't it drastic!!!
Just kidding, you're not seeing things. She is exactly the same, just a little cleaner and fluffier.
Let me start from the beginning. When we first got our goldendoodle, I asked our vet if she would need to be cut down for the summer. He said that her fur insulates her from heat, and she won't need to be cut down at all. I also read this on a website I found online. So, Chris and I have been holding true to this philosophy and were committed to leaving her hair long for the summer. (We think it's so cute, and it saves the cost of grooming!).
But then everywhere I looked I kept seeing goldendoodles & labradoodles that were getting shaved down for the summer months. One of our neighbors shaved theirs, and said she seemed so much happier. Well, I started feeling guilty and started to question the wise advice of our vet. So I made an appointment for her to be groomed. I was so sad about having to get her cut down, and we were sad about the $90 it was going to cost us! (See yesterday's post)
I reluctantly dropped her off at the groomer yesterday morning where she would stay all day.
When I returned to pick her up after work, she had been shampood, conditioned, moisturized, blown dry, brushed, toenails clipped, teeth cleaned, ears cleaned...but not cut.
They were running behind schedule and so they invited me back to watch her get trimmed. When I went back, I started chatting with the groomer.
Here's how our conversation went:
ME: I am so sad to get her cut! I hate it, but she's been so hot, so I feel like I have to.
GROOMER: Well, if you get her cut, she's gonna be even hotter. She's cooler with her coat on. It protects her from the heat.
ME: Really? Well, that's what my vet said, but everywhere I go I see doodles with summer haircuts. Are you sure, cause she has been SO HOT outside!
GROOMER: Well, of course she has. It's really hot outside! Aren't you hot too?
ME: Well, yeah. But all she does is pant!
GROOMER: Yeah, dogs are gonna pant in the summer. It's just what they do. She's gonna be hot, but so is every dog. She will be fine! She's not gonna overheat. As long as she has some shade she'll be fine.
(I was thinking, okay I know I heard this from my vet. But coming from someone who makes a living giving doggie haircuts, this MUST BE TRUE!)
ME: Well, is she hotter than other dogs? Is this breed just really not meant to be outside in hot weather.
GROOMER: No, she is fine! She doesn't have a tight thick coat. She has a light and airy coat. It's totally different.
ME: Well...why are we cutting her then?
GROOMER: I don't know. She looks good. I can tell you brush her and take care of her. The only reason to cut down a goldendoodle is if their fur gets matted, and she doesn't have any mats.
ME: Well...I guess, don't cut her! Or just do the basic stuff to clean her up while we're here.
They went ahead and trimmed around her eyes, sanitary grooming, trimmed between her paws (she slips and slides all over our hardwood floors), and shaved her belly down (which does help to keep her cool).
They adjusted my bill from $90 to $45.
It's hilarious to think, now, that we basically paid $50 for our dog to have a day at the DOGGIE SPA!
Needless to say, she has never looked so glamorous!
I decided to have a little photoshoot to make it all worthwhile.
(Notice the panting...but don't be alarmed.)
(BTW, she has the longest tounge ever!)
*The advice I recieved from the groomer was specific to goldendoodles, I don't know anything about other breeds or mixes.
In the Birmingham, AL area I reccommend Doggie Styles groomers. Their facility was clean and professional, the groomers were very nice, and they were honest with me about doing what was best for my dog!
195 West Valley Ave Ste 124
B'ham, AL 35209