Doodle Day of Beauty

I’m busily working on a new way to display the videos (AKA home movies!). And as usual, there is a learning curve to using my new (but fun!) gear. Yesterday’s attempt was to get a time-lapse video of the doodles getting a grooming, beginning to end. Of course there were glitches that completely unhinged the whole thing, not the least of which is that I left the big video card I just got plugged into my computer. Ack. Had to run out and get another one, and of course, the store didn’t have the big one, just one half the size I needed. Undaunted, though. I just trudge ahead and see what I can figure out.

I have two more of these videos that you can see on YouTube. I’m just posting this one because a) I promised it last night, but completely passed out on the couch; and 2) I see that a number of my favorite folks have checked in—presumably to see if I finally posted something. I guess I better get with the program.


What I am trying to do is figure out how to post smaller-sized versions of the videos, so they don’t show up so huge on the posts. I’m also trying to make a page with just the archived videos, too. It’s a project. I’ll let you know how it goes. Or you’ll see it.

In the meantime, you can check this out…and the other two clips of this Day of Beauty. The Doodles could seriously do without it!

The Sudsy Dog Antidote To The Mean Groomer Problem…

So Luke’s grooming got interrupted and he ended up with a crazy-big head on a skinny little body. He looked silly. We needed to undo the silly look and we needed to have him experience getting groomed by someone who is NICE to the dogs that come in for their salon time!

Enter our friend Cindi. I have known Cindi for a million years and from several lifetimes ago…in her current life, she’s a fabulous groomer and a co-owner of Sudsy Dog in Lakewood, CA. (Highly Recommend!!)

Cindi, who was nice to Luke the whole time (even though he was completely oppositional to the entire process), was able to undo a lot of the mean-groomer-damage and get rid of that ridiculous pom-pom of a head he had going. Pictures below.

As I’ve said before, if you live in or near Lakewood, you should go to Sudsy Dog. If you don’t, it’s worth the drive. These are nice people who are nice to you and to your dogs. A cool small business providing a good service to their community and the dogs who live in it!

Oh, and PS….Luke’s doing much better. We continue to desensitize him to getting grabbed and jostled. But no dog should be handled by someone who is putting their hands on them in anger. There’s no “desensitizing” for that!


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Watch Out for This Local Groomer…

I’ve been stewing about this for about 10 days now…I’m just not sure how I’m going to handle the mistreatment of my little pupster.

Here’s the story. And let’s keep in mind that Australian Labradoodles are known for their sweet temperaments.

Last week I was planning to take Luke and Sam to the Southern California Doodle Romp. Before we went, I’d wanted to cut back Luke’s coat because he’s about half & half straight puppy coat and curly new doodle coat. He was starting to look a little weird. So I made an appointment with **** Grooming for the day before the Doodle Romp. I was going to be busy in the afternoon when he’d be finished, so I scheduled my fabulous errand-running, problem-solving-genius assistant Jenny go pick him up.

I got a freaked out phone call from Jenny—and folks, this is a woman who never EVER freaks out—telling me she’d just seen the groomer grab Luke’s face in anger and shake him and hiss angrily in his face to hold still, stop it, etc. Jenny was absolutely beside herself at the mistreatment of this very sweet (if completely uncooperative) puppy who was only four and a half months old! Clearly they were not done with him, but I told her to get him out of there and away from those people immediately. According to Jenny, a rather tense scene ensued where Jenny was quite verbal with them about her opinion of their treatment of Luke, pointedly removed him from the groomer and neither paid nor tipped them.

The next part is sort of so weird that’s almost worse than the mistreatment of Luke (I said almost). Since I dropped Luke off with them early in the morning, I’d set up with the manager (or owner?) that I would call in later in the day with my credit card number when they could give me a total for the cost for his grooming. I hadn’t completed this part of the transaction with them before Jenny called me and we got Luke out of there. When I called them, they didn’t admit to or apologize for anything, even though it was clear that I knew what had happened and it was clear that they knew that I knew what had happened. That’s absolutely not ok. They took my money, knowing that I knew they’d been hurtful toward my dog in my absence. And they knew that I knew they had done it. I just can’t get over that. What kind of people are these?

Their actions also mean to me that they fully intend to keep an abusive groomer in their employ and that, as a matter of course, they do not treat the animals well in the owners’ absence. Very scary for those of us who don’t believe in physical punishments or abuse of any kind for our animals.

Later that night when I was telling my husband about this he knelt down and was playing with Luke, who for the first time ever displayed symptoms of being head shy. He’d never been like that before with us…that broke my heart. And now we are working with Luke to help him become desensitized to having his face touched, nose playfully grabbed and jiggled (as opposed to grabbed and shaken in anger), and generally playing around with his head. I’m so mad at these people for hurting my sweet little guy.

Here’s what I’m not sure about: I know I’m going to do something, but I’m not exactly sure what. I didn’t witness the abuse in person, but I trust my very upset assistant. I also know what I’ve seen subsequent to the grooming, where my pup displays flinching behaviors that he never did before. Do I name names here? (I’ve enjoyed this blog being all about the positive fun stuff.) Or do I give bad reviews online via Yelp? Both? Do I also demand that they refund the amount charged to my card? I don’t know….

I’m still working on this. I’m going to do something by the end of this week. Update to follow soon. But DosDoodles does not stand back and tolerate the abuse of the doodles or any other animal.

For now, however, we move back toward the positive. See the next post for the Sudsy Dog Antidote to the Mean Groomer Problem…