A Shaved Dog Is A Funny Looking Dog
Did you know that Tanuki has a very pink butt? Yep, under all that fuzz, he really is a pink guy.
Tan-tan needs a shave 2-3 times a year. We use to take him to the vet, who had a groomer in once a week, and for $60 he would get a bath and shave. But that groomer moved on, and we had to find a new one. The cheapest I could find in a 60 mile radius was $100. Now, I don’t need anything fancy, just utilitarian. We don’t take out muts to dog shows, or the dog park, or even on walks around the neighborhood. We live in the country, where there are no parks, no sidewalks, and no foofoo dogs.
So, we looked at prices and for just over $100 we could get a quality shaver, replacement blades, shaver oil, and cooling/cleaning shaver spray. Tanuki has simply been panting most of the day, even inside. He is just too fuzzy to go without a shave here in the desert southwest.
M3 took the initiative this morning and gave Tan-tan a good brush. I wrapped up a few chores and was just grabbing a quick snack of cheese and crackers in the kitchen when I heard the shavers. Yep, M3 had started shaving Tan-tan….in the living room. Where there is carpet and a large floor rug. Sigh….We have rooms with tile, linoleum, and wood.
Anyway, we spent an hour wrestling with Tanuki as we shaved him. He had dreadlocks on his fetlocks. He had oily hair on top of those doggy oil glands that sit on the lower back of a dog. He had wooled up hair that took several tries to take off, taking layer off of layer. He hates to have his feet, tail, or butt patted, brushed, or shaved. His main trick was simply to sit down, which made it difficult to shave his backside. He is ~80 lbs. For the final few hairs, M3 held him and I leaned upside down to shave his butt and empty nutsack. Yes, all the time I was fervently praying Tan-tan wouldn’t flatulate or sit on my face. There are just some things that a person can’t get over easily.
We took several short breaks throughout to let Tan-tan squirm and us to rest. We also cleaned the blade and let it cool during these breaks.
With mission accomplished with nothing broken or any truly embarrassing antics to report, we were both exhausted. Tan-tan got treats and then we reunited him with Hannibal, who had been locked outside into the dogyard for this adventure. She was stunned by Tanuki’s transformation. But even more amusing, she wanted to be shaved too. Alas, her hair is so short we decided to give her belly rubs instead.
Then came the clean up. We filled a kitchen trash bag with Tan-tan’s hair. I will leave the vacuuming up to M3, as he chose a floor that doesn’t lend itself to sweeping.