|Hairy doggie - cairn terriers get very hairy, very quickly.|
This dog needed a hair cut - look at the state of him. The local place charges about £35-40 to do a doggie hair cut. Last year we decided to try this at home as part of the cost cutting and as part of the 'stop the doggie sulking after his haircut' (He hated it and would sulk for a week if he went off and had to have his hair cut). Anyway - a packet of ham (99p) and one hair clipper later we've managed to do it ourselves in our own 'Frugal Poodle Parlour'. OK so its not salon quality but the dog isn't traumatised and neither is my purse. This year we opted for the same excpet we're calling it the the 'Cheap Cairn Terrier Choppery', emergency DIY for dogs in need of extreme hair therapy!
|A bit of a muddy puppy!|
The process involves a lot of patience, a bit of ham and a bit more patience and hair clipper set to level 3 and a sharp pair of scissors.
|Now there is a handsome boy! After a trip to the cheap cairn choppery.|
|Ready for action for a walk, this time probably less muddy when he comes home!|
Now I know I'm normally wittering on about plants and gardens and bargains. But, at this time of year I'm trying to ignore the garden a bit. Hence more wittering about silly hens and hairy dogs. That being said I'm not much of a 'pet' person, despite the 12 chickens and the dog, of course.
I'm not very experienced in the ways of looking after pets and am practically allergic to vets (for various reasons). The cutting didn't seem to freak him out very much, probably something to do with the ham we provided, to keep his attention. I have to say, despite Peedie now looking like a very short haired tortiose shell coloured cat-dog - the puppy looks great. Whilst I love him dearly I'd never spend £40 on my own hair at a salon in one go. Those days of sitting in a salon all day for my spiral perm, are, sadly, no more (oh didnt' you love the eighties?!).
Anyway, that means more money saved on doggie hair cuts, is more money for plants/gardens (um, I mean food for the family) or money that I can divert into life rather than maintaining this wonderful pooch. Or in real life, more money saved on the doggies hair cut is less money needing earned from outwith the home. It's also inspired me to give more things a go that I'd normally just think, oh I have to pay for that. Whilst there are many things I can't tackle, I can try to do a bit more myself and rely less on other people, now and again.