Puppies First Grooming!
Hi everyone! What a week it has been for the Foodpusher. On Monday I make three soups for a friend who had surgery that day. I made her Pork and Bean soup, Classic chicken noodle, and Smoky cream of potato with turkey bacon and smoked chicken Soup. Then on Tuesday I spend the day with her to help with chores and her hair. I delivered the three soups and fresh eggs and that made her happy.
Then on Wednesday I went to my friend Jeannetts’ and helped with the puppies very first grooming. Some of them were quite wiggly and some of them acted like Jeannette was killing them with their little whines and yips and little bites. I loved helping to groom them, and have never gotten to groom an Irish Setter for the first time. It was such an honor. I will visit one more time on Sunday before the pups all go to their new homes. I will kiss all of them and in turn cry my eyes out for joy and the love of a purebred Irish Setter. Jeannette is used to breeding these wonderful pups and then placing them in their new homes, but this is the first time I have been able to observe the litter from four weeks on.
Jeannette is trimming the puppies with her trimming scissors which only takes some of the hair at a time so the cut is not so severe. She uses these scissors around their ears and around the face to gently remove the “whiskers” from their tiny faces. I worked hard holding them still for her. Aren’t they too cute for words? I love their little puppy breath and cute little barks. They are quite loud already! And they are growing like mad!
When Jeannette uses her flat scissors to remove single long whiskers, she if very careful. She holds the muzzle of the dog so that the dog cannot move. I still hate doing this on my dogs, you worry about them getting a pinch if you do not know exactly what you are doing. Jeannette has been teaching me how to groom the dogs now for several years. I will never be the artist she is in the grooming world. but both her and Rusty-Boy’s breeder have told me I am doing a very good job. I even got to help with these puppies which really warmed my heart and soul. Have a good weekend, and if you have high blood pressure, find a dog park near you and go pet the dogs. Soon you will feel better, as dogs know how to heal our hearts.
The puppies still want their mama, but they must not nurse anymore because they are getting ready for their new homes. They will cry for a night or two but with allot of love and patience they will soon adjust to their new owners and will be happy once again.
Back at home Heidi and I changed and went into the garden for some relaxation. My muscles in my arms were sore from holding their fat little bodies up for Jeannette. It is always nice to get home to relax for a bit before the chores all start again.