It had been a little more than a year since my 70-pound fur baby had been to the groomer.
Groomers are getting more difficult to find.
I have been looking for one for several months since the two in my area of the county no longer provide the service.
My little girl was at the top of the ladder in need.
She was easily the female version of the shaggy dog “Tramp,” and was beginning to become matted up in her rear area.
That can easily cause problems.
I have always loved animals and firmly believe having one is a lifelong commitment.
Taking care of its needs is imperative, as well as a responsibility.
I lucked out in the search for finding a groomer.
The appointment was set up and she went last week to what I call the “booty shop” to get rebooted.
I even wrote a little song for her in the attempt to calm her down, but all it does is confirm what she already knows – she is headed to the booty shop.
The verse to the song goes like this, “Sam gotta go to the booty shop, the booty shop, Sam gotta go to the booty shop and get all booted uppy.”
She does not like it and has to be sedated, because if pushed in a corner she will defend herself.
I guess those clippers sound like a chain saw to a dog.
The girls did an outstanding job, and my first reaction when they brought her out was,
“Is this really my dog?”
Females are females – animal or human.
When I told her how good she looked and she wagged her tail, I knew it was my little doggy.
Oh, I sang the song to her on the way home, too, but have to change the tense to “got all booted uppy.”
I think she likes it because she knows the worst part is over — at least for a while.
It took her a couple of days to get back to normal, but there is no question in my mind she feels a whole lot better, especially with the approach of hot weather and all that hair gone.
Again, taking care of our animals needs is a priority. They are like children to many of us.
Anyone who abuses an animal or does not take care of them is not welcome around me.
Nothing is more deplorable.
Feed them right and make sure their health – physical and mental – is taken care of.
They are your friends for life.
William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com.