Like many other long-haired breeds, Shelties require at least periodic grooming.
They’re naturally clean, but you still have to bathe and brush, as well as trim excess fur in places like ears and feet.
Normally, I do my doggin’s grooming myself. His breeder has graciously mentored me and, while I’m no expert, my dog comes away looking like a Sheltie should look.
It also gives us a chance to bond, accustoms him to being handled, and saves a few bucks!
But last week, after returning from Gulfport, I decided to take him to a local groomer, one he’s been to several times before, one who usually does a decent job with him.
Until this time.
This is what his front paws look like after her grooming:
Notice how the nails look like talons and the fur is “sliced” back to expose the claws? Notice the sprigs of hair sticking out all over? You can’t really tell in this photo, but it’s cut in layers, almost exposing the foot.
Nothing close to what a true Sheltie paw should look like. She must have used straight scissors, when you’re only supposed to use thinning shears to blend the furs.
So what does a true Sheltie paw look like? This:
See how the nails don’t stick out? See how the feet look like tight cotton balls?
It’s not easy to do, but if you’re going to capture that pretty Sheltie look, you’ve got to make the feet right!
In all fairness, my boy’s groomer admitted to feeling lousy with a head cold; she didn’t admit (or deny) having a flunky sub on the grooming for her, but what else can I conclude?
No, my Sheltie isn’t a show dog, but he’s MY show dog. And I know he knows he’s not at his prettiest with paws this ugly.
Still, fur grows out eventually, and his will, too. When that happens, count on me to do the trimming!