Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dog Day Off - Denied!


Mother Nature, that fickle wench, continues to taunt me with warm days and then snatches them back and only to replace them with chilly precipitation. Everybody, get back from the computer screen while you can and get some sunshine. The Vitamin D you save may be your own! Have a day off with friends. 

Those of you who desire to maintain your employment, in spite of your yearning to go outside, please accept my apologies for bringing it up. 

Speaking of making friends...

My dog, Coco, loves everyone. I know I've said it before. She even loves other dogs that don't love her; in fact, you have to be careful about that with her. More specifically, she likes everything on her terms. If a dog can be a type A personality - well, bingo. She's it.

Yesterday was her day to get groomed which usually gets her excited about the car ride (it's like dog-Disney World with every ride) and a chance to see the groomer. Poodles are all about non-shedding fur...that you cut off for a greatly inflated price every six to eight weeks. Just like humans look for a hair stylist, you search for the holy grail of dog care: a good groomer. Luckily, I have one! I have no complaints about that and under normal conditions, neither does Coco.

The dogs that were there waiting for grooming; how can I describe it? How about "yikes!" Never have I felt so sorry for my pooch as when I dropped her off. Every dog in the kennel area was barking as if they had their own angry canine choir. One was actually growling at everything and everyone. Though it was safe for her, I could tell immediately that the noise was going to make her crazy.

Three hours later, I returned to pick up Coco. She looked great, so nice and clean. Her cut was perfect but you could read her mind - she was not happy. She just stared at me and telepathically told me she was about an hour past her breaking point and "let's get out of here!" 

The other things she told me telepathically cannot be printed within the parameters of my family friendly blog. 

Getting into the car, Coco looked back at the door of the shop and actually growled. She is not one to growl. If I could guess what thoughts were floating around in her mop top, I'm sure she felt cheated out of a day out to make friends. No kids in there; she stayed secured in a back room, waiting her turn. The other dogs weren't on board with playing. Gee whiz, even the cockatiels and parrots were gone today. All the trip had to offer was a loud haircut and time in a cage.

When we got home, she ran in the house and drank some water. Immediately afterwards, she jumped on the recliner and went to sleep. "Like a dead dog" seems a little cliche, but in this case, that is exactly what she looked like.

So much for her doggie day off.

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  1. Oh, yes....animals do not like loud noises. Your image made me smile. :)

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    1. She was totally exhausted by it. Poor thing.

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  2. Oh, yes....animals do not like loud noises. Your image made me smile. :)

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  3. Once a dogs' stress is relieved they can crash for hours and hours.

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    1. That is exactly what happened - she zonked out all evening.

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  4. Poor Coco -
    They drove her loco
    With a growl and bark.
    Next time, dog park!

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    1. You're channeling Pat Hatt, ha ha.

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  5. My dogs go for their doggie day spa next Wednesday, so I'll have to let you know how it goes. They usually nap around in the morning, so I'm sure that keeping them up with all the excitement and noise at the groomer's will make the "dog tired!"

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    1. She usually loves it, but the loud bunch was too much for her.

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  6. I don't have dogs, but I do have cats and they like to make friends with the stray cats outside. My cats will be on the porch and will stand on their hind legs to stare at the stray cats through the screen. I think they are females because the stays will come up and lay down next to the screen door as if they are taunting my boys. haha

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    1. We had a cat that was tormented by neighbor cats. I basically love all critters.

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  7. Poor Coco. At least she looks nice.

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    1. "It is better to look good than to feel good - and you look marvelous."

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  8. Coco, I'm so sorry about your terrible experience. Franklin doesn't like going to the groomer, but he tolerates it pretty well. Please tell your mom that we love her drawing of Franklin. She captured him beautifully. We will share this drawing with Willy Dunne Wooters.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I hope WDW liked it - Franklin is my bestie. Mom should do a Franklin series.

      Love, Coco

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  9. Sounds like a rough day for Coco.

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    1. In a dog's life, this is what rough looks like, I guess. ;-)

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  10. I came back for another look at Franklin and friends. Willy Dunne Wooters likes the drawing.

    Love again,
    Janie

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    1. Aw...you're too sweet. And you have a lovely singing voice.

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  11. Sounds like all that stress wore her out. But all nice and prettied up now at least.

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    1. Don't despair, she rules the chair.

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  12. Coco sounds like a sweetheart. Love your cartoon, too. :)

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  13. Coco sounds like a sweetheart. Love your cartoon, too. :)

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  14. I'm sorry Coco didn't like her experience.

    Thanks for mentioning Fragrant Cloud Lane. It must have been named after a type of rose.

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    1. LOL...still not buying a house there. The guys would never let me live it down.

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  15. Poor little Coco.
    So sorry the experience was so bad.
    That is the main reason I searched forever to find the perfect groomer.
    The one I go to has appointments. They Herbal Wrap both Watson and thehamish at the same time.
    It takes them about an hour and they are both done. No dogs waiting and barking in fact no real barking at all. It is stress free. Which is great for my dogs with all their health problems and age.

    Love your sweet drawings.
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, parsnip! I love your dogs, they are so cute. Coco isn't that old but she has allergies and sometimes I think the stress contributes to the flair up, too.

      I need your groomer.

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  16. Poor pooch. She looks happier hanging out with Franklin.

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  17. Janie Junebug suggested I visit and I'm glad I did. As a fellow artist I can never get enough art. I hope you'll visit me sometime. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen! Janie and I are big pals. I'm on my way to see you right now!

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  18. I tend to communicate telepathically with ice cream.

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    1. Hey, that's cool (the ice cream, that is).

      I send brownies (with walnuts) telepathic messages all the time; they don't always answer.

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  19. Hi Cherdo - love the dogs and Franklin especially! I've come over from Janie ... Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Hilary!! :-)

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  20. I love this, and Franklin looks terrific!!!

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    1. I only cartoon my best pals and pets. Thanks, Shelly!

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    2. You should draw Shelly and her pooch. We're talkin' adorable.

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  21. I knew that little dog looked familiar. It is a very nice drawing of Franklin!!!

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    1. Franklin needs his own cartoon in a series.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo