Last night I thought I would start to get Bosley ready for his "big show" this weekend. We are attending the Bernese National Specialty and Bosley and I are both making our first attempt in the show ring. Normally, before a big show, I just bathe the dogs and brush them so they look tidy for the obedience or agility ring. But when you show in conformation, your dog is expected to be groomed a certain way. Luckily for me, Bernese are shown in a fairly natural coat - which means that you tidy your dog up but should not need to spend hours grooming and fluffing and setting each hair in place with hairspray. Just tidy Bosley up - that sounded easy enough. I trimmed up his feet (so far so good); I tidied up the feathering on his legs (yup - looks OK); I got out the thinning shears to trim Bosley's ears and . . . well . . . they looked like a 3 year old trimmed them with dull school scissors. They looked choppy and all the hairs were sticking out all over - he was a mess.
Ears are supposed to be ear-shaped!
In a panic, I sent a late night email to Jolene, who is a real groomer and always has the best groomed dogs around. "What should I do?" Jolene told me not to panic and she offered to help fix Bosley's ears. So we met at Paws On The Run this afternoon to use the grooming room (Thanks Wendy). In no time at all, Jolene had Bosley's ears all cleaned up and looking great.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Jolene! You made Bosley look beautiful!