My life is a strange and peculiar place. Maybe not all dog groomer's lives are as eventful or maybe I make mine the way it is. Still, whatever my life is, it's never dull!
This episode encompasses several weeks as I have been otherwise engaged - aka working my bum off - for some time now.
Prior to Christmas when most people were planning dinners and social engagements, buying presents, ensuring their loved ones were happy and dogs were clean and clipped, I was figuring out how to make my life more complicated and fit more into my already crammed schedule.
I decided I wanted to do something for the greater good and offered to groom the dogs of the city's homeless people. I posted an extremely normal, non assuming post on my own FB page and BOOM!!!!! I was contacted by tens of volunteers wanting to help either by coming along on the evening or donating items for the people or their dogs, restaurants offering food on the night and local media wanting tell the world what I was up to.
We held the evening on 18th December, had four men and their pups come along for a good wash and brush up and several more come by themselves for the hot soup and cakes we were giving out. The volunteers worked happily giving out our donations and even went round the city finding others afterwards to give the remaining items. Vet Sally and vet nurse Lucy from local All Creatures Healthcare gave up their time to come along and examine all the dogs for us.
I would say the evening was a resounding success and we aim to do another one in March. The cafe was open during the
evening for drinks and cake by donation and all those funds went to Safe Rescue, the dog charity I volunteer with and foster for.
Seemingly everyone likes a good heart warming animal story at Christmas as the BBC footage has been viewed over 7 million times and I have had emails from America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and The Gambia!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Wash, Wiggle & Wag is back in full swing for 2016, hopefully no more getting stuck in the mud, dead batteries and dodgy satnav this year! So far the cockers, and lhasas are leading the way in popularity for grooms this year, those and some peculiar crossbreeds! We've all heard of cockerpoos but old english sheepdog cross german shepherd?! (and no I don't know if there's a special name for that!)
I am expanding my client base of nervous customers (the dogs rather than the owners) and hope that if I have a speciality in the future it will be that. I'm also taking an online course in dog training and hope to be able to branch out in the future offering home appointments but that is some way off yet.
I've realised that when anyone asks how my day is, the answer is always the same - wet and hairy. So I'd like to congratulate Missy's mum on the birth of their new baby and wish all and sundry a wet and hairy weekend! Toodlepip!
So a few things have happened since I last wrote, let's see now, I got stuck in the mud on a verge behind a client's house and had to get recovered, a pug bit me (one with no teeth), I sung outside the Forum in Norwich and I'm in the process of organising an evening where the homeless people of Norwich can bring their dogs to be groomed for free. Busy, busy!
I have also met some fabulous owners and more marvellous dogs. Tyson peed on my table (naughty Tyson), I couldn't rid my van of the smell until I met the wonderful Amber & David a couple of days later, with their dogs Holly and Lily who blitzed my van! Hurrah for lovely owners! And to thank them I got stuck driving out of their garden on some railway sleepers and a piece of metal - oops! The extremely lovely David spent the next two hours (!) under my van sorting out my broken step - thank you sooooooo much!!!!!! (I spent the time drinking tea and getting to know Amber better).
I had the enormous pleasure of grooming the enormous Ted the Leonberger, beautiful dog,
great temperament and fabulous owners, what more could a groomer want!
One of the things that often ventures into my mind as I drive through our beautiful county is the popularity and originality of dog names. I think the most popular female names I come across are Ruby, Molly and Millie. The most popular boys are Alfie, Ted and Jake. Some of the rarer names of the dogs I groom are: Bilbo, Frodo, Galaxy, Oakley, Kook, Radu and of course the gorgeous Aussie shepherds Bruce & Willis!
I did some filming recently with some students from Sheringham High School media studies who were interviewing me for a project, one of them told me she wanted to be an embalmer when she was older! Never heard that one before but I'd like to wish all of them the best of luck with their studies and thank them for making me and May so welcome - I had borrowed May from a friend for the day so thanks to Kath too!
Lastly I have a new client called Dave who I will be visiting every six weeks to clip his claws. Nothing so unusual there you might think except that Dave is a rabbit.
Yup, that's what I thought.
See you soon Wigglers! x
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