Y’know how you think you know what you’re getting into but you really don’t? That’s happened to me.
I spent over a year researching dog breeds and pondering before I got Honey. And I knew grooming was important to consider.
Poodles have breed characteristics I was looking for: athleticism, smarts, friendliness. But I knew they had constantly growing hair (which is what makes them safe for some allergy sufferers) that required regular clipping. I couldn’t see myself doing it and I certainly couldn’t see me paying someone else to do it (I cut my own hair for over a decade and it wasn’t easy).
So I decided on a Golden Retriever. The books said they needed regular brushing and I’ve loved brushing my dogs. And my dogs have enjoyed being brushed.
So what could be so hard? I’ll keep Honey combed and her teeth clean and her nails clipped and we’ll be fine. Besides, it’s not like I’m trying to keep her in show condition. She’s a family dog and I don’t mind if she looks like one instead of a beauty queen.
So what if every time she gets wet, Honey’s ear fur dries into kinky curls? She’s still adorable.
But then I discovered the dreaded Muppet Toes.
What are Muppet Toes? It’s a term inspired by Elizabeth of Dog Blogging With Luna and Penny who stated that Luna’s Muppet Feet had to be treated by a trip to the groomer.
I loved it so much I made it my own.
Fur grows thickly in between the pads of Honey’s feet which causes the fur on the top of her feet to look unkempt. As you can see from the picture, it’s far from the cat-like paw a Golden Retriever is supposed to have.
And I haven’t even started to talk about the feathers on her back legs that have grown long enough to pick up stray pine cones on our walks. Yep, it’s time for a major grooming.
So here’s my public goal. By Tue Cute Tuesday, I’ll have an adorable picture of a beautifully-groomed Honey to share. Or at least the best approximation I can get with my limited grooming and photography skills.
So say good bye to Honey the Hippie. And come back Tuesday for the big reveal of Honey the Honey.
Oh, and if you have any good pictures of a well-groomed Golden Retriever butt send it along. I’ll keep an eye on my spam filter so it doesn’t pick it up as puppy porn.
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