Until Honey came to live with me, I never did much dog grooming. A little brushing to get rid of dead hair. An occasional bath. But no real grooming.
But Golden Retriever coats don’t do well with that kind of neglect.
And so begins my love hate relationship with grooming my Golden Retriever.
Grooming My Golden Retriever – Love It; Hate It
I love how cute Honey’s feet look with little tufts of fur growing out between her toes.
I hate having to continually trim them so she doesn’t slip and slide on the wood floors.
I love the way the wavy hair behind Honey’s ears forms cute kinks when she gets wet.
I hate the mats that can form if I don’t comb them out every day.
I love how her belly is so furry I can’t see an inch of skin.
I hate wading through a forest of fur looking for ticks after a camping trip.
I love how relaxed Honey gets when I brush her.
I hate when she lies down right as I’m working on her belly.
I love how shiny her coat looks after a good bath and brushing.
I hate how ragged Honey looks when she needs to be groomed.
I love the way the long fur on her tail swishes from side to side.
I hate trying to pull a comb through all that fur without hurting her.
I love how Honey’s toenails help her grip the icy sidewalks in the winter.
I hate trimming toenails that never wear down although when we walk on pavement every day because she’s too dainty to put much weight on them.
I love the way grooming gives me an excuse to spend time with my sweet pup.
I hate that I could ever think of grooming as anything but a gift. After all, what’s better than being close to a fuzzy Golden Retriever?
Thank you to Human Rescues Dog for inspiring this morning’s post.
Your Turn: How does grooming work in your house? Does your dog need grooming? Do you do it? Or does someone else?