Gretchen Rubin wrote in The Happiness Project about the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy.” The Puppiness Project is my attempt to learn the same from Honey, my Golden Retriever.
I love having long hair. When I was five and it got caught in the chain just as I jumped off the swing, I wasn’t so crazy about it. But most of the time, I’ve loved having long(ish) hair.
And I’ve always loved having easy-to-groom dogs. A bath once or twice a year, an occasional brushing, and everyone was good to go.
I love it so much that I spent nearly as much time agonizing over the potential grooming regimen of a Golden Retriever before adopting Honey as I did over the prospect of committing the cardinal sin that would send me straight to dog-lover’s hell: getting a dog from a breeder instead of from a rescue or shelter.
I generally let Honey look like a hippie. It helps her fit in better here in Ithaca where every third person arrived in the early 1970s to live in a commune.
But eventually the overgrown hair causes serious problems–mats under her armpits that could develop into hot spots, overgrown hair between her toes that makes her slip on the stairs, and fuzzy ears that can stay damp and get infected over time. And I’m far too elegant a lady to ever discuss the “fellow travelers” that can ride along on her fuzzy hind end after making a post-eaten kibble deposit in the backyard.
So this week is another big groom for Honey. Yes, it’s partly so she’ll look pretty at BlogPaws. But it’s also a long neglected, and much-needed investment in her comfort and health. She should feel much better after a good bath and trim.
Knowing that she’d feel much better after a grooming, I took a lesson from Honey and decided to invest in my own comfort on the boat by getting my hair cut short.
I hate getting my hair cut almost as much as I hate going to the doctor. And I haven’t been to the doctor in 22 years!
But if it was good enough for Honey, it would be good enough for me. And when I climbed back on board after going for a swim and just ran my fingers through my hair or didn’t have to worry about getting strands caught in a pulley or winch, I was glad to have done it.
Sometimes grooming has nothing to do with looks….
Do you groom your dogs? Is it more about comfort or appearance? And do you groom yourself more or less than your dogs?