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    • February 22, 2016 7:44 PM CST
    • Something which helps, and works well with really matted coats.  Bathe first. Bathe and rinse really well, then apply a leave-in type conditioner and rinse it through the coat.  Don't rinse it out!  ;-D  This works best with a recirculating bathing system.  Blot the wet coat, then HV to push the matts away from the skin.  Put the dog on the table wet.  Then shave, with whatever you can get through the coat.  A little scary, I know.  You may still have some matting to deal with after the dog is dry, but you should find that you are actually able to finish the dog with a blade, or even a guard, that is two or three steps longer than what you used to remove the coat originally.  Works really well on doodles, poodles, and those rotten thick cocker coats.  BTW, I seldom rough in a dog before bathing anymore, unless it has be so neglected for so long that drying the accumulated rug will take longer than the inital shavedown.

    • February 3, 2016 5:52 PM CST
    • Thanks Chilly!

      All the easily tangled parts of the legs are gone. It's short at the shoulder down just past the elbow and armpits. The back end is short to, the flair beginning just above the hock. 

       

      I don't brush my dogs. I just don't..... She sometimes has some tangling, but nothing a bit of a leave on detangler and the HV won't take care of. :)

       

      Barb

    • February 2, 2016 10:45 AM CST
    • please dont' cut her tail it is perfect. I LOVE this,, my people cannot keep anything brushed so the legs have to go, I get no opportunity to try the asian, congrats , it is SO cute!

    • January 9, 2016 6:55 PM CST
    • Thanks! She's really built perfectly for it. A friend competed with her in Chicago in August and did her in a German, so she's growing back out for this again now.

       

      Barb

    • January 9, 2016 1:18 PM CST
    • Oh Wow! Super cutey you got there ❤️
      Love her Asian Do, it suits her

    • April 13, 2015 10:16 PM CDT
    • Super cute groom! And I think what you did with her tail is perfect.

    • April 10, 2015 10:45 AM CDT
    • Thanks. :)
      It really does suit her.

      Barb

    • April 10, 2015 10:26 AM CDT
    • She is adorable and I think the cut really suits her. Just a pet-owner's opinion, but if hse were my dog, I would be thrilled to have her come home looking like that. It seems fairly easy-clean, too.

    • April 2, 2015 7:37 PM CDT
    • Critiques are ok :)

      Last time I did her cheeks tighter and she ended up looking like a poodle with a sweetheart mustache. This time they are short, but rounded in as part of the head piece. They probably aren't much more than a 7 blade.

      I wonder if I moved the mustache forward if that would help?

      Her spots REALLY stand out with her body done that short! I don't think I ever realized how perfectly round the one on her side is.

       

      Barb

    • April 2, 2015 7:21 PM CDT
    • Adorable!!!

    • April 2, 2015 7:18 PM CDT
    • I hate Asian, but even I will admit it looks really cute on her. And at least it's actually Asian. You didn't ask for a critique, buuuutttt I would maybe take the cheeks tighter next time to really make her muzzle pop

    • April 2, 2015 6:32 PM CDT
    • I wasn't sure just what to do with her tail. The terrier type sounds cute. I'll have to try it.

      Barb

    • April 2, 2015 6:28 PM CDT
    • LOVE the style, and you got some super cute photos.  Flirt is in a similar style, and we like it a lot.  I started out with a pom on her tail, now it is scissored wider at the base and narrower at the tip; sort of terrier-esq.  I think it suits the style well, but man it nearly killed me to take that pom off! 

      Great work!  Daryl

    • April 2, 2015 5:05 PM CDT
    • Thanks :)

      She's really cute running around. She's about 90 miles an hour right now going back and forth between tapping my legs and running to the door. The squirrels are very active outside right now. She really wants one for dinner.

       

      Barb

    • April 2, 2015 4:54 PM CDT
    • She's adorable!!!

    • April 2, 2015 3:24 PM CDT
    • These last two were taken from far away in the yard and cropped, so they aren't as clear as I'd like them.

       

       

    • April 2, 2015 3:21 PM CDT
    • I've been playing a bit with putting Lola in an Asian style. It's still a work in progress.  I've been shaving her ears so they are at an odd in between stage right now. She is very difficult to photograph.  Her dark head make it hard to get a good head shot. She will not stay stacked, so I have several views of her.  I think she's super cute in it with her slim build and long legs.  Chasing squirrels out in the yard and the cats inside, she is super cute in this style.

       

      Barb

       

    • June 30, 2015 12:03 AM CDT
    • Awe! She looks embarrassed..... "my mommy dresses me funny" But hey, gotta let those legs get brushed.

       

    • March 10, 2015 11:38 AM CDT
    • Interesting! I don't think I've ever seen a poodle with pointy leather - it's always been rounded. But then again, I probably haven't always checked. Now I will! :-)

    • March 10, 2015 7:25 AM CDT
    • My guess is full poodle with just a bad ear set. They only fully stood once the weight of the hair was off and when she was interested in something. My toy poodle's ears will sometimes stand if she is super alert. I know without a doubt that she is full poodle.

       

      Barb

    • March 5, 2015 6:58 PM CST
    • So cute! She must have some pom in her, or something like that with those stand-up pointy ears.

    • February 16, 2015 10:18 PM CST
    • so cute! I agree:  scarry to take ears short, but I, tooo, have never had clients want to grow the back!