Monday, July 13, 2015

It's A Good Thing Dogs Don't Get Embarrassed.

Look at her. So bright eyed and bushy tailed. Actually, she's bushy everything. Lhasa Apsos are a long-haired breed. Something we knew when we were offered one as a pet almost one year ago. I hadn't heard of that breed before so I Googled. It was as a result of the pictures I found online that made Mrs C fall even more in love with the idea of owning one. And there's no denying Kawaii grew into every bit the Lhasa we had expected.

Did you know, though, that a Lhasa's hair is very fine and gets matted easily? Like really, really easily? Some of you probably did but we didn't. From the time her coat got long enough it required constant brushing which was Mrs C's job. It seemed fair enough since technically Kawaii is her dog. That and since I was already responsible for feeding, bathing, cleaning up after and walking her.

Still, high-maintenance hair aside, it's a lovely coat though. I even started to overlook always having to deal with all that short, blond, high-maintenance-ness on all my clothes (and I have a lot of dark clothes).
Admittedly, Mrs C hasn't been sticking to her grooming duties. Not that I can blame her. It takes a lot of time to go through the whole ordeal and Kawaii isn't all that cooperative (She always seems to know when to run and hide just before a bath and a grooming session). As a result, she got more than a few very stubborn knots in her fur. To deal with this my wife, when she did take the time to groom her, would be forced to cut the more stubborn ones out.

Recently, we bought a detangling spray to help get those pesky knots out. I'll admit, I was skeptical. Especially since I believed some of those knots were there so long there would be no easy way to get rid of them. We used it once and it seemed like I was right but my wife isn't one to give up easily. Last night Mrs C, seemingly on a whim, looked at Kawaii and said, "I think I'll give the detangler a try."

Me: Okay... Have fun. I won't wait up.

I went into the bedroom and got to the serious business of mindlessly surfing the internet on my phone. Not too long after that...

Mrs C: Vinny, have you seen the scissors?

I guess the detangler still wasn't very effective. Got up, looked, didn't find them, told her to look where she usually keeps them next to her "grooming station" in the laundry area, heard her confirm they were right next to her all along and went back to my browsing (See? I'm helpful!). About an hour later, Mrs C called out again:

Mrs C: Vinny, you want to help me clip her nails while I'm at it?
Me: No. It's late. Give it up.
Mrs C: ...Okay...

Something felt off so I decided to go outside and check on things...

Me: O... M... G...
Mrs C: I couldn't help it! There were just so many knots.
Me: It's a good thing dogs don't get embarrassed.
Mrs C: It's not so bad! We just need to smoothen it out a bit. It'll look even better then. Maybe if I had some clippers...
Me: Well, you're not using mine.
Mrs C: I didn't say... Why not?

Anyway, here's the end result (Please excuse the poor picture quality. Mrs C's phone was the closest one and I didn't have time to adjust her camera settings)...
Me: She'll probably feel a little chilly tonight.
Mrs C: I think I like it better this way.

I'm not really sold on the new look. At least, not just yet. As for Kawaii, she pretty much avoided Mrs C for the rest of the night.


  1. Thinning shears - it's what saves us sometimes and perfect for shortening butt fur enough that it's no longer a landing pad without having it look like it's been trimmed. Or just go all out for the shaved look...

    1. If/how Kawaii's butt fur gets trimmed, I leave the decision entirely up to my wife. I'll say this much, that's just one more reason for me not to lend her my clippers.

  2. Wow. Your dog looked exponentially huger (that's a word) with all its hair. I had no idea how tiny your dog was from the initial pics. There were a lot of hilarious parts of this post, my favorite being when you take your shears off the table and your wife accepts, then hesitates.
    Don't some dogs feel shame or is the meme about dog shaming a shameful lie?

    1. Yeah, she was basically dropping me a hint about the shears, hoping I'd voluntarily let her use them. I know her too well.

      Also, I think dog shaming is pretty much a shameful lie. Dogs feel no shame. Their only regret is having to face the consequences of their actions. Believe you me, though, they'll gladly destroy the next pair of new shoes you leave unattended & just try to run faster the next time (I know this from personal experience). Also, I have a pretty strong hunch they have no idea what those signs around their necks in those shaming photos are saying either

  3. It IS a good thing they don't get embarrassed. They probably wouldn't lick themselves in public.
    I wish our society allowed that.
    And that I could reach.
    It's a dream I have.

    1. I bet if we could reach, it would be more socially acceptable. I can't imagine the authorities being able to restrict a general public capable of licking themselves. Why would they even want to?

  4. I will tell you that even short dog hair gets itself tightly woven in to - but never out of - just about everything. We have a brindle pit bull/greyhound cross (I know; it's a mating that obviously came with an instruction sheet) and you'd think brown, black and white fur would blend in with anything. Nope. It just shows up on everything.

    We used to have a pair of long haired cats, and while one enjoyed being groomed, the other had a hissy fit every time she saw the brush. Quite often Misty ended up looking very much like Kawaii. As if she'd been gone after by a blind sheep shearer. I think dogs are a lot easier to groom; they seem more reluctant to use teeth and claws that felines.

    Try a squeegee to get the pet hair off your clothes and furniture. I works a treat, and they are easy - and cheap - to purchase.


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