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    Look what followed me home.- makeover pics post #24

    Well more exactly I put her in the car and brought her home..
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    She was found dumped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. They took her home, got her checked over and were going to keep her, but she never did settle in with the pack there, too many dogs and to noisy. Last straw was when one of the bigger bitches and her got into a fight. We are hoping that she will settle down here, with just my elderly JRT, and Achmed the attack cat!

    First thing is to try and get her comfortable and a bit more confident with us, and she needs to gain a pound or two. Then it will be time to try and sort out het coat, she has some matts, not horrible, but enough that it will be a challenge to help her, so need her a little happier here first. Any tips, or suggested tools for cleaning her up, then keeping her pretty? I have never owned a fine haired dog before, so got a steep learning curve ahead I think.
    Last edited by KBC; Feb. 26, 2020, 10:54 PM.
    "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

    "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

    She is so cute! I suspect you may have to brush a bit.


      Aww!! Very cute!! Congrats on your new friend

      I'm not very knowledgeable about the whole grooming thing, but I have learned that those coats pick up everything, so walks through rough terrain lead to a mess of burrs and things stuck in the coat. Maybe look for some DIY YouTube grooming videos or make an appointment with a groomer and ask for tips? I never brought my Maltese to a groomer, but I should have because I've never really mastered the art of clipping lol

      Best wishes!


        Achmed will show her the ropes.

        Congratulations and good on her. Does she have a name yet?
        Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


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          Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post
          Achmed will show her the ropes.

          Congratulations and good on her. Does she have a name yet?

          She was called JJ, which I really don’t like. At the moment I’m calling her Chewie, because she looks like Chewbacca!
          "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

          "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


            Did anyone contact the pound? Has she been checked for a microchip? Sometimes dogs get dumped by people other than their families.


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              Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
              Did anyone contact the pound? Has she been checked for a microchip? Sometimes dogs get dumped by people other than their families.
              All that was done when she was originally found some months ago.

              "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


                Chewie is adorable. I've had and groomed my own toy poodles, Bichons, and a malti-poo. All fine haired and light colored that showed dirt.
                The grooming is pretty easy. Get her bathed and good conditioner to soften the mats. Good hair cutting scissors help.

                Also like a steel long comb (Resco) and if she will tolerate it a slicker brush. I like the original Twinco slicker on Amazon I think.

                After dematting, either cutting them out or scissoring them out, decide how long or short you want her hair. Hold hair in one hand and scissor with other. You'll figure it out. It's not hard and you get better as you go along. Talk softly to her as you do it as sometimes the hardest part is getting them to sit or stand still while you trim. Especially on ones not groomed much.

                Remember we need an after picture too, OK?

                congrats on your new little fluffball!
                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                  We adopted a yorkie last summer. Her hair coat is totally different from our yorkie mix, who has thick fluff. I started with an old fashioned human hair brush and just brushed her a lot, combed once she was brushed out, bathed a few times with my own shampoo and conditioner. I used a nice sharp set of horse A5 clippers (and later bought doggy ones with fun colored guards, same basic tool, much cleaner!). I also bought some blunt tip kids' fiskars scissors. They scare me less than pointy scissors around squirmy doggies.

                  I'm still looking at photos and making mistakes! I did take her to the groomers once, so she could get the full spa tratment (nails, eyes, ears, anal glands, etc) and so they could do her feet and legs and face, the hardest parts for me. It was stupidly expensive but worthwhile. I'm not cut out to be anyone's hairdresser!

                  Your girl is adorable! Hope she settles in well with your quieter household.


                    So stinkin' cute! Good luck with the little bugger.
                    My hopeful road to the 2021 RRP TB Makeover:


                      Originally posted by KBC View Post

                      All that was done when she was originally found some months ago.
                      Awesome. Congratulations on your new pet!


                        Squeeeeee !
                        Go, Baby, Go......
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                          She looks a lot like my brother’s dog who is also named Chewie. Cute name for a cute dog.


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                            Well we started with a bath, so at least she smells better

                            She is booked for the groomer on 26th, I have a feeling we will be getting a bald dog back!

                            "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                            "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


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                              Dammit, there were pictures

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                              "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


                                Awww! She looks like a Shi Tzu!

                                I have a Lhasa, a failed show dude bc his underbite exceeded the breed standard. Anywho, he came with Espana Silk doggie shampoo and conditioner. They are great products, I actually like the shampoo for myself.

                                When I bathe him, I follow up with showsheen before he even exits the tub. I close him in the bathroom and have the hairdryer at the ready along with a bazillion towels. I initially use a regular hair brush with the dryer and once he’s close to dry, I switch to a slicker brush and some extra showsheen. With the showsheen and slicker brush, the tangles close to his skin slide out easily, especially on his tail. He’s funny bc once he’s dry, he doesn’t want to be brushed anymore! He also goes to a groomer every 6 weeks. Like my Lhasapoo before him, he quickly decided that I was not a pro groomer and has decided against my efforts! I keep trying anyway!

                                Good luck with sweet Chewey! She is adorable!!!


                                  You may know the following, but perhaps it would be helpful to some readers.

                                  My many years of experience grooming a Shih Tzu (in between professional grooming appointments) developed into this routine:

                                  Brush out the dog, followed by application of an eye product, such as GenTeal severe eye "lube" before (and after) bathing. I bathe this size of dog in the large side of our double-bowl kitchen sink, using one of those rubbery sink inserts with suction cups on the bottom (meant to protect china) to provide a non-slip surface.

                                  Two latherings/rinsings with desired shampoo, followed by creme rinse. To help get grime out of paws, close the sink stopper to let the feet really soak while wetting the dog, then drain out; repeat during rinsing. Use damp washcloths with a wee amount of very diluted tearless shampoo on the face (my groomer uses Ivory!). There's a knack to gently holding onto each side of the moustache while rinsing with the sink sprayer on low.

                                  Very thorough rinsing of dog, more than one would ever think necessary, allow a moment of drip drying, then gently squeeze excess moisture from hair (ears, tummy, tail, paws) twice.

                                  Wrap the dog in a bath towel, pat dry, repeat with fresh towel, then two or three full-size Sham Wows (artificial shammies) on the body, using a small one on the head. Special attention on the ears.

                                  Use the towels and shammies to make a comfy pad, where the Tzu is placed for blow-drying using a pet-specific dryer. I prefer a pocket size human brush with ventilated back (lots of airflow), and relatively sparse bristles tipped with rubbery beads. I like a long-tailed comb for feet and moustache/beard, and ball-tipped scissors for safety. Re-apply the eye protectant after bathing. I made a fleece dog grooming pillow (similar to neck pillows people use on flights), so the dog can rest its head.

                                  For coat the length of your dog, I use no-tangle grooming spray (my groomer likes Cowboy Magic on bad snarls). Quickly blow torso hair against the grain, all-over to a damp state, then tail to almost dry while brushing with slight amount of tension (blow-drying and tension straighten hair somewhat, so it's not wavy). Then, outer ears, then inner (they tend to stay damp underneath, where ear attaches to head). Ears take so long to dry completely that I alternate them with finish drying of the torso and chest, so the dog doesn't become restless.

                                  For lower body, I lay the dog on its side to dry belly, inner thighs, lower legs and paws (combing those). Not too long on each side. It's helpful to lightly rest my arm on dog's shoulder to help dog stay in position.

                                  Blow dry topknot while brushing and protecting dog's eyes from air flow. Lastly, dry moustache while combing (eyes covered) straight down with slight amount of tension. Band moustache with small elastics (kind used for horse manes, or found at beauty supply), so they'll dry in such a way that hair won't poke eyes while drying or when dry.; remove elastics when hair is dry.

                                  Section off topknot (sometimes do two, like a Maltese), fastened with elastics. I prefer soft toddlers' hair accessories, instead of the stiff bows sold for dogs, to finish off topknot.

                                  Oh, if the dog is still (very) slightly damp, wrap in a fresh shammy, then a fresh bath towel (dog burrito), and park on a comfy chair or couch. Body heat soon dries the dog.


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                                    That’s great thanks Jarpur will keep that for crib notes, this is a new journey for me. The other day I just threw her in the bath and used the oatmeal shampoo that the JRT has. Rinsing....OH my, thought that would never run clear. Fortunately she is very happy to be handled, the only time she was worried was when I got the shower near her ears, but I was very careful not to let water get in them.

                                    For now all we can do is brush the bits that can be brushed, and wait until she goes to the groomer to get me a blank sheet to start on, then I can work on maintaining. Now very glad that when we bought my old JRT a coat they were on buy one get one free, so she will be able to stay warm.

                                    "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                                    "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig


                                      Thank you for picking her up and giving her a caring home. She looks like a Brussels Griffon to me or maybe a mix. TOOOOOO cute!


                                        Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by TKR View Post
                                        Thank you for picking her up and giving her a caring home. She looks like a Brussels Griffon to me or maybe a mix. TOOOOOO cute!
                                        I don’t know any Griffons, but somebody else who knows the breed sees that as well. Maybe I’ll try a DNA test one day, but wouldn’t be surprised if it came back Dalmatian or something crazy maybe they are more reliable than they used to be.
                                        "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

                                        "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig