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    • July 29, 2015 2:02 AM CDT
    • I wish you were too Barb! :D 

      I thought I was the only crazy one that loved grooming Westies, but I guess there are two of us! haha

    • July 26, 2015 10:11 AM CDT
    • Oh I do wish I was near there. I love love love Westies!




    • July 26, 2015 6:46 AM CDT
    • Its been so long since I've been on this forum so I probably should re-introduce myself - I'm Dana and I'm an American groomer in Scotland.  I have family still back in the US - and they've just told me they're geting a pup in the next few months. 

      I'm very excited for them but frustrated that I can't be there to groom this pup - one of my favorite breeds. 

      So I thouht I might ask if there was anyone in the Sacramento (Elk Grove) area that loves grooming Westies that could give me a shout please?  I have already discussed with them that a good groomer might have a wait list, might want to do table training, might be willing to advise on coat care.  My mother has had a westie before, but she's not had a pup for maybe 15 or 20 year or so now.  My sister who she stays with hasn't had a dog before (apart from family pets, but her own daughter is allergic so wasn't able to get one til now).  This will be a learning curve for both, but should be up to the task.



    • May 4, 2014 2:18 PM CDT
    • Dixie is a beagle/border collie mix, so long hair around the feet/pads is not an issue. I asked our vet about the idea of putting something on her pads to improve traction, and she didn't think it would be terribly useful. However, I'm thinking the wax might be the way to go, because when we visit my mom's house (that doesn't have any carpet), Dixie walks around like she's afraid of falling at any moment... especially since she's around a bouncy 2 year old pit bull mix, a 4 year old running around with cars, etc...

    • March 23, 2014 8:48 PM CDT
    • I got something at UPCO for show dogs to use on the Poodledude

      's feet. It used to be called Tacky Paws, but now has another did help him

    • March 21, 2014 9:21 PM CDT
    • What breed is she? Maybe shaving her feet really well, so there's no slippery hair on the bottoms?

      Also have you considered diapering her?  I know they often fall off, but I have a client who came up with a way to keep them on.

      She uses a harness and those strappy things you use to keep fitted sheets on the bed. They are like suspenders, only much smaller. They also have something similar to keep mittens attached to a kid's coat.  She clasps one end to the harness and the other to the diaper. It works beautifully.  My old girl was having some problems over night. She's a GSD so I used adult people diapers on her. 



    • March 21, 2014 7:33 PM CDT
    • My old girl is 16 years old, and is having some issues with weakness in her hind end. She's also having some incontinence issues. We've laid out rugs on the floor to give her some grip (otherwise she wipes out on the smooth flooring and can't get up), but it's becoming more and more of an issue to clean up poop off the rugs (and play mats in the spare/play room) on a nearly daily basis. Does anyone know if there's something we can put on her feet or something she can wear that would improve her traction enough that we could get rid of the rugs?

      This is also an issue because we have a very stubborn 4 year old that INSISTS on crawling on hands and knees on the same rugs that Dixie poops on!

    • January 24, 2014 4:51 PM CST
    • Aw, poor thing! Don't people realize they can't just leave domestic animals out in freezing temperatures? Bless you for taking her. Are you going to keep her permanently or are you just fostering her?

      "She's doing some hissing at the 2 nosy cats, but even that has settled down a lot." I think you already have your answer that you've got a good plan because it's already working. ;-)

    • January 24, 2014 4:10 PM CST
    • I've had lots of foster kittens over the years and never worried about how to introduce them to the existing cats.

      Today, I brought home a young adult cat.

      She was a barn cat, a very tame barn cat, that ended up with severe frost bite a few weeks ago. In the end, she lost several toes on one back foot, a good portion of the other back foot, part of an ear and about 1/3 of her tail. She could not go back to the barn, so I agreed to take her.


      She just had her surgeries on Tuesday, so she's in a large kennel for some time while she heals.  Currently, she is here in my living room. She's doing some hissing at the 2 nosy cats, but even that has settled down a lot. She is keeping watch on them, as they stand there watching her, but is laying down, looking fairly relaxed about it. She has her back to them, and occasionally looks up over her shoulder at them.

      I have a blanket over most of 3 sides of it, so she feels a little more secure.  My plan is to just let everyone, dogs and cats, get used to seeing her and having her here, and then hopefully, when it's time for her to be out and about, things will go smoothly.


      Good plan?



    • December 26, 2013 4:55 PM CST
    • I forgot the best part of the story!!


      I had clients booked for Saturday. A local groomer who doesn't work on Saturdays, let me use her shop to do them. She got up early, let me in, showed me how her shampoo system works, made sure I had enough towels, visited for a bit, then left me to it. I locked up when I was done and delivered her dog to her freshly groomed.


      I was so thankful for her and thankful that we have such a great group of local groomers here.



    • December 26, 2013 4:27 PM CST
    • I work at home on Tuesdays and Thursday.

      The Tuesday  before Christmas I notice that the floor drain, that my tub drain goes into, is backing up. Great.....

      I got some drain cleaner and spent a couple hours trying to clear it on Wednesday. It was a no go.

      Wednesday night after I got off work, I put some guaranteed to work main line cleaner in it.

      It didn't work.......

      Thursday I groomed, taking lots of time between bathing dogs and it did just barely ok up until the last 2 dogs. 


      The guaranteed to work stuff said it may need a second application, so it went in Thursday  night.  Friday morning I got up and showered, went downstairs to check it out and.......... my shower water was all over the floor.


      I set up for Roto Rooter to come in Friday evening. He got here and told me to call a plumber....... He was talking collapsed drains, backhoes, and all kinds of other scary stuff.


      I talked to the plumber Friday night and rather than paying crazy weekend rates I told him I could wait until Monday. He asked me to text him my information and he'd check the schedule Monday morning and get back with me. By early afternoon, I had not heard from him. Figuring he was probably really busy, I sent a text asking if he'd had a chance to check his schedule. He didn't reply. 


      Tuesday being Christmas Eve, I didn't even bother trying to reach him again and got more drain cleaner. It helped. It took longer to back up and was quicker to go down, but it wasn't fixed.


      This morning, I did one more last try with the cleaner and it was a no go. I did get some things breaking up because as it  backed up out of the floor drains, we were pulling stuff out of the water.


      I contacted plumber number 2 and he was here within an hour. He spent 2 hours snaking it out and finally got it going.  He pulled out two towels/rags and several of those moist Cottonelle flushable wipes. (which will never be used in this house again)


      I have lived here alone for about 3 years. I haven't flushed any towels/rags so they must have been down in there a long time and just finally got enough caught up in them to block it.


      Thankfully there were no tree roots!


      Now to do dishes and laundry and oh to shower in my own house again! :)


      BTW, plumber number one got back to me as I was making arrangements for plumber number 2 to come fix it. I will not ever be calling him again.



    • April 7, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
    • You would think she would have diagnosed the heart condition before cleaning teeth, Vets think you are a never ending supply of money, and if you don't have it ...tough. I don't think aspirin would be appropriate , I have had a number of my pets on meds for heart failure but none took aspirin.

    • April 7, 2013 6:07 AM CDT
    • You could try google Dr. Karen Becker

    • April 6, 2013 9:21 PM CDT
    • There hasn't been a vet on here for years.


      May I suggest you try one of the advice sites where you pay a flat fee (I think it's just a few dollars) and a vet will answer your question online. Google 'online vet advice' and a ton of them pop up.


      As aspirin is only a blood thinner, I'm not sure how that would help a murmur. Typically it is a valve defect or disease, not a partially blocked artery.

      Dogs are also very sensitive to the GI side-effects of aspirin.

      Of course, I'm not a vet, so YMMV.

    • April 6, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
    • I know there used to be a link on this site call "Ask a Vet."  I can't seem to find it.  would anyone know if there are any other links I could ask a vet about giving my dog baby asprin for a grade 4 heart murmer.  Suspision being heart failure by my vet.  He is 11 and a half.  But I just spent $1200 on his teeth.  she will not give him any meds based on his symptoms.  He needs a $800 ultrasound first she said.  she wouldn't even tell me how much exercise was ok for him until he got the ultrasound.  I want to help my furry friend but have no more money.  I'm having enough trouble with my own bills at the moment.

    • March 29, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
    • I joined several months ago, I wanted to see what it was about and have a professional presence there.  There are some interesting groups you can join, but all in all it is rather like a work-related facebook.

    • March 29, 2013 11:44 AM CDT


      It's mainly used for professional networking, job-hunting, furthering your career, etc. Employers can list job openings and users can post their resume. But you can also use it to find old class-mates and things like that, like people do with Facebook. I don't use it, but I imagine if I were ever without a job, I probably would.

    • March 29, 2013 6:37 AM CDT
    • Does anyone used LinkedIn and exactly what is it and what does it do?


      I joined a long time ago. I don't even remember why?


      I get the invites from people for their networking, but I don't quite understand what that means.


      I sign in, and I see an activity feed showing who was endorsed and I've had people endorse me.


      What do people use it for?  What's it's purpose?


      What am I missing?



    • March 3, 2013 12:22 PM CST
    • When my mother in law passed away it would have been similiar. she'd had alzheimers for a number of years and her passing was a blessing. We carried on as usual. 
      Now a gun encounter and spouse suicide would have been a different story! 

    • March 3, 2013 8:44 AM CST
    • Ok, I see I think. It has to be free standing basically, so it can come in and out easily.  A human tub I think needs quite a bit of support on the bottom and sides.   They are super easy to install if they are going in more permanently.  They just need a base to sit on, and then attach to the wall. I've only built up 2, one for my shop and one for friends' shop here.  Just from those two, with my limited skills, I don't think they would be easily moved if needed.  I'm sure there's a way, but it would take a lot more construction skills and if you are having a hard time finding contractors, I see why you want to go another route.



    • March 3, 2013 8:01 AM CST
    • Yeah I have 3 tubs in my shop. They are all against a wall. The two end tubs are human tubs I put in when I bought the building and made things bigger. The space where I put the tubs was between the over head door on one end and window and electric panel in the corner on the other. Left just enough room to get in that corner. Brought my metal grooming tub over from my other shop. The middle tub space just fit my groom tub as I did not need to put up any frame work to support walls of a 3rd human tub. The way it is set up with an open pocket design for the middle tub, I can access the plumbing for the 2nd (groom tub) and 3rd (human) tub. I have bought a couple of cheaper groom tubs ( the type you have to caulk every year) that I have had to replace every few years. So this time going with the more expensive solid tub. When my first plumber put in the plumbing, he left the drains open meaning not connected to the tubs. This way I can get in to keep them free of hair. Also makes it very easy to  take out the middle tub and pop a new one in. I have had little luck getting contractors to do work or even do it on time. I would hate trying to find a carpenter or someone to try design/make a tub for me to fit in the spot. (my problems w contractors is a running joke at my shop) My hubby is not that talented. :(

    • February 28, 2013 9:34 PM CST
    • That's really rotten that they make you think you're getting such a deal!!!!


      All I've ever had were regular human tubs too.  I bought a very nice one when I built my shop. I got it at Home Depot as a scratch and dent. It had a small hole/ding in one corner. Being as I wasn't ever going to fill it, a dab of caulking fixed it right up. I paid $99 for it. It's the tub with the 3 walls attached. I had to cut a foot or so off the top of it since I was going to raise it on a base. It's about 10 years old and still looks great.



    • February 28, 2013 5:02 PM CST
    • The only tubs I have ever used both in my home shop and now in the pet store area that I rent, have been regular bath tubs.  Not the new fiberglass type but the older metal bathtubs.  The first I got second hand for $20.00 and the one I use now was already there when I moved in.  You just have to build a sturdy wooden frame set at the right height and of course take care of the plumbing.  I don't understand why people spend so much money on these fancy stainless steel things when they can get a regular tub for so much less.  The one in my home shop was still going strong after 10 years.

    • February 28, 2013 9:19 AM CST
    • I had a carpenter make me one in the same design as the stainless steel. He used cement bottom and ceramic tiles. Still going strong and doesn't leak after 6 years.

    • February 27, 2013 9:08 PM CST
    • OK so I need a new tub bad and of course no shows in the near future near me. Checking out every site on line I can find. Cheap tubs, stainless steel tubs, poly tubs etc. Most sites that come up in search engines show equipment from Pet Edge. This one "discount" site shows a stainless steel tub from Petedge for $2,499.99 with free basic shipping. They advertise it as over $800 off the regular price. Petedge has the tub in their catalog for $1,599.99 and if you buy over $1,000 in Top Performance certain equipment, you get a free hydraulic table. Just want to let other groomers be aware that "discount" sites maybe are not really discounts.