Miniature Poodle Pet Groom
Twiggy is an 18 year old Miniature Poodle.
Twiggy’s mum rescued her well over a decade ago but had to take her straight to the vet due to damage that was done to her back left leg and tail. The vet was able to do reconstruction surgery on the leg but unfortunately had to amputate half her foot and half her tail.
Twiggy, quite obviously, is a well loved and cared for girl and I would honestly have to say that they were both lucky to find each other. Even if the start of their relationship was traumatic; Twiggy is in excellent condition. She, obviously, gets fed great quality food, regular exercise and lots of love and attention. Her weight is good. This is very important not only because of her age but also because of the past injuries that she sustained. I’m always inspired by those people who go to great lengths to care for the dog they’ve rescued.
When Twiggy was first brought to me her mum was very worried about leaving her with she wanted to stay for her fur baby’s first grooming session with me. Apparently Twiggy was afraid to go to her previous groomer, even pulling to cross the road to get as far away as possible. So, her mum decided it was time for a change.
On Twiggy’s first visit I agreed to let her mum stay. I, personally, would rather be on my own with my clients because I find they behave much better knowing we are working. But some parents get very anxious leaving their fur babies, which I certainly can appreciate (I get a lot of dogs coming to me that have had traumatic experiences at previous grooming sessions elsewhere). Once we got to bathing Twiggy her mum decided that she was fine and it would be ok to leave her with me. My instructions/brief was to do a regular pet groom, not being fussed about giving her a poodle look, just to clip her to keep her easy care and her coat free of knots and matts. Being a senior dog her coat is thinning, especially along the spine, so I suggested I clip her a longer there and then blend shorter down to her under carriage.
Twiggy is definitely a pleasure to work with and obviously very used to being groomed regularly. But, with her age and prior injuries, care must be taken to handle her without causing any discomfort so that she is happy to come to me. Because of her breed and coat she does need regular grooms.
Actually when she gets off the grooming table she plays around like an 8 year old.