OMG. Today was what I like to term a "wheaten" day.
I actually had a wheaten(along with it's insane schnauzer sister), and a fancy clip poodle(toy with pom poms), a bichon and two 'yorkies'.
The poodle is an okay dog, just takes longer because they want pom poms, it has a limp thin coat and leans away every time you try to shave the tiny feet. The bichon was huge, overweight, cottony coat AND mom had been whacking chunks of hair off! Oh, but "Please leave her fluffy and nice!" Well, if YOU hadn't cut her hair off, maybe I could! She did understand it might be shorter. Oh yes, by the way, she still had matts!
Washed fat bichon and wet-brushed her, dried for about 15 hours since the thick cottony coat refused to dry completely. It's one of those dogs that you THINK is dry, then it turns and has a wet leg, then a wet front foot, then the neck, then that first leg again.. it's like a nightmare where the dogs grow the hair back! With some combs and scissoring and cursing, eventually it did get turned back into a bichon.
The owner of the yorkies said "I want it fluffy but short. Clip it short but I don't want it short." No, seriously, she did. Eventually she said "Oh have Theresa do whatever, I trust her!" Oh, and by the way again, she had whacked chunks off BOTH yorkies, and especially off the girl's face. You know the spots, down near the nose, so you can't hide it without shaving the face into a possum face. I did my best to make her look really nice, hide the missing hair, etc. The owner loved how they both looked, then CALLED back to declare that her face was "uneven". "Yes ma'am, where you cut chunks of hair out, I couldn't make it perfect without cutting it ALL OFF and then she'd look like a possum and I was afraid you wouldn't like it." No no, she would apparently prefer it shorter and also, her feet... *trails off without continueing*.
*eye twitches* "Yes ma'am, I'd be happy to fix anything you'd like. I can shorten the face more, if you can bring her back in today or tomorrow." "Oh no, I can't do that." *expectant pause*
What??? What do you want???? Wait, I know! I'll wave my majic wand and make her face perfect FROM HERE!!! "Well, you just let me know when you can arrange to bring her in so I can shorten her face for you."
The wheaten was a typical crazy wheaten, matted somewhat, but not enough to say "I can only shave it". The owner had taken the dogs to someone else(coupon? I think?) and whoever groomed it has no idea what to do with a wheaten OR the wheaten was even crazier than regular with her and this was the best she could do. At any rate, it was hard to figure out what was 'off' and what I should shorten/clip/scissor etc. Eventually, right at closing, I got done with it so it was once again a 'proper' pet wheaten clip. Or as close as I could come with the dog's coat and what coat was left for me to work with, and the cowlicks. Oh and Mr Wheaten decided that a HV is the Devil himself and will eat wheatens foolish enough to hold still.
We got phone calls ALL DAY of "Can I bring my ginormous matted once a year golden retriever in tomorrow??" and the person who no showed the DAY BEFORE XMAS called to try to insist on tomorrow. When I told her it'd be next week at the earliest, she said "Well next week I'm out of town..." with the expectant pause where I'm supposed to fold like a wet towel and tell her she can indeed bring the dog in tomorrow. "No problem ma'am, I'll put you on for the NEXT week, when you're back in town."
*eye twitch* The person who brings in their dog at 10am... when everyone else MUST be in before 9am... wants it back in an hour without paying for express... I always take a MINIMUM of two hours... and calls for appointment the day before... they haven't succeeded in a while.... called wanting in tomorrow at 11am and could they get him at noon?
No. *eye twitch* They got next week, 10am, no time out because it would take at least two hours depending on the other dogs that would arrive at the NORMAL time.
Is it a full moon? I need chocolate. A lot of it. I had several stops to make at stores, since I couldn't do anything yesterday since the person who was supposed to pick up two hairless rats from me no-showed(no call, no email!) so I couldn't stopw ith live ratties in the truck. Once I made it home, one of my yorkies took three steps towards me then fell over in a seizure.
Geez. The seizures aren't severe or anything. It's just part of the wheaten day I guess. Is today over yet? Can it just be "done" now? I think I'm going to bed EARLY.