Some Things Are Just Not Dignified…


The Official Dog-to-Fluff Ratio

Ever wonder how much of Sam is fluff and how much is dog? Well here it is, folks: the Dog to Fluff ratio. I’m not sure it’s so dignified, but he doesn’t look too traumatized.

Thanks again to our Sudsy Dog friends…seriously. I drop in and they give me tons of shampoo and extra towels. Cindi trims up around Luke’s eyes…they are great!

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!

Bathtubs and Frisbees

It was Wash-a-Doodle weekend! The Doods don’t love getting a bath. Sam tolerates it better than his brother, who complains most of the way through. Luke is hilarious about the dog abuse leveled against him in the form of a bath and brushing. He moans and really voices his objections. But he makes it through and manages to get back to smiling, wagging and charming everyone around him. Continue reading

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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If you don’t know about Sudsy Dog…

…you really ought to!

I’ve got both dogs in training classes and there is homework. I have to take the dogs to new places as often as possible, but at least two times per week. I have my work cut out for me with Sam. I take him so many places with me already, I will have to change my routines and think of new places for him to go. I need help coming up with ideas!

It’s easier to find new places to take Luke because everything for him is a first. That list is rapidly growing shorter, but for now it’s still easier.

Yesterday I took the dogs to Sudsy Dog in Lakewood on a double mission. I needed to have them be somewhere new and Luke really, really needed the hair around his eyes trimmed. I could not get him to hold still for me at all, so I enlisted the help of my friend Cindi Heslin, who is one of the owners of Sudsy Dog Wash. We got a couple of pictures of Cindi—and that’s Yasmin in the background washing a dog in a couple pictures. She’s Sudsy Dog’s other owner. Very nice people here!

So Luke got a trim on the grooming side and a wash on the self-dog wash side. This is a really great dog washing place. It’s super clean and these folks have a really nice facility. If you are in the area (it’s worth a trip over, if you are not), check them out!

Sam hung out behind me, hoping that if he was quiet enough I’d forget to give him a bath. Nope…not today, buddy. Your bath is after the dog park on Monday!

Some pictures of Luke’s adventure below. All taken with the crummy cell phone camera. Quality is not so hot, but still cute.

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