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3 girls of the Secord family

We offer basic grooming on most breeds - brushing, nails, bathing, teeth/ear cleaning, however not clipper cutting on breeds like Poodles, Mini Schnauzers or Bichons.

We do specialize in professional grooming for shelties and collies.  Feet and hock trimmings are recommended to be done each time you do your dogs nails.  We recommend nails being done a minimum of every 3 weeks.  Keeping the nails short reduces stress on the pastern and prevents damage to the tendons & ligaments which later in life can cause severe weakness in the front legs.  Trimming the hair around the feet keeps them looking clean,
helps prevent tracking in unwanted dirt and the collection of snow balls in the winter, but most of all gives the dog better traction on bare surfaces.

A complete grooming involves a good line brushing, trimming the feet and hocks, the ears and certain facial trimming, clean the ears, cut and grind the nails, check and scale teeth using an antibacterial wash, and complete the trimming as if the dog was headed for the show ring!  Bathing and dematting are extra and the cost is dependant on how much time is required.  The major drying is done by hand with a high powered blow dryer which allows for better coat separation and to spot any skin problems.

Bathing is recommended at least twice a year (preferably every 3 months), but can be done as frequent as every 6-8 weeks, especially if they are allowed on your couch and/or bed.  We use only high quality professional shampoos.

A rule I tell my clients is if you see a dirt line on a wall/door corner then they are really due for a bathing.  If your dog spends time at your feet while cooking or under the table for those tidbits that fall, it is likely your dog's coat will be picking up unwanted oils a lot quicker.   Now think ... the coat transfers all this grime to your couch and your bed.

Here are some of our regular customers with some before and after pictures

"Teddy" enjoying the summer of 2007 at the cottage
A most faithful client.
gone too soon
January 2000 - December 2007

Above is "Bogey" after a summer of fun!

Here he is looking spiffy for his Richmond, Ont owners.

"Toffee" & "Sheena" own the Cutler family of Ottawa

This is MacDuff, who lives with the Kingwell's in Orleans, Ont.

Diezel Before

Caddy Before

This is Diezel & Caddy after their bath & grooming.  These pictures were taken years ago, and now they await the Oliver family at the Rainbow Bridge.

"Oli" owned by Peter Pilgrim & Theresa Flagerty of Ottawa

"Timber" owned by the Grove family, Ottawa (as of Nov 11/10, awaiting us at the Rainbow Bridge)

"Jazz"owned by the Villeneuve family of Ottawa

These 2 look a likes after a day at the sPaw

"Riley" owned by the Fitzpatrick family in Barrhaven, Ottawa.

"Izzi" a petite little girl - after
Two different dogs, 2 different groomers

Some groomers believe this is a 'standard' sheltie cut. It is not, nor what I do with dogs who receive regular home maintenance. Why ? it is not what our standard calls for - 'a rough coated, longhaired working dog'. No part should 'appear out of proportion to the whole'. It gives the dog a choppy, sharp look. There are only a few times I would recommend it, and that is if your dog has an injury/illness, where especially the rear end requires more maintenance, or a senior dog which is getting 'sore' and isn't up to the grooming.
This link (a respected long time breeder) will give you some more information

Top Ten Reasons Why It Costs More to Get Your Pet Groomed Than Your Own Hair Cut

10. Your hairdresser doesn't wash and clean your rear end.

9. You don't go for eight weeks without washing or brushing your hair.

8. Your hairdresser doesn't have to give you a sanitary trim.

7. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean your ears.

6. Your hairdresser doesn't have to remove the boogies from your eyes.

5. You sit still for your hairdresser.

4. Your haircut doesn't include a manicure or pedicure.

3. Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.

2. You don't bite or scratch your hairdresser.

1. The likelihood of you pooping on the hairdresser is pretty slim.

Thanks to Pennylynn Woodruff of Ruffleith shelties for coming across this. It is so fitting for those of us grooming dogs.

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