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A Shaved Dog Is A Funny Looking Dog

Finally, we see that Tanuki truly has a pink ass.

Finally, we see that Tanuki truly has a pink ass.

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.

This is Tanuki before we shaved him, panting on the couch.

This is Tanuki before we shaved him, panting on the couch.

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.

Here, we are about halfway done shaving Tan-tan. You can see the thick fur wooled up.

Here, we are about halfway done shaving Tan-tan. You can see the thick fur wooled up.

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 breaks to clean & cool the blade. This is Tanuki being crazy on the couch during break time.

We took several breaks to clean & cool the blade. This is Tanuki being crazy on the couch during break time.

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.

Hanibal is still checking Tanuki out.

Hanibal is still checking Tanuki out.

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.

The final product, because I just can't wrestle him anymore.

The final product, because I just can’t wrestle him anymore.

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.

Yes, it does look like Tan-tan exploded on the livingroom floor.

Yes, it does look like Tan-tan exploded on the livingroom floor.

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4 Comments

  1. you referenced a dog’s empty nutsack AND said dog possibly farting on your face. IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH!!!

    I’m dying of laughter here!! 😀

    • It had to be said. No sugar coating here on the farm, so there shall not be any on the blog. Enjoy!

  2. Brave, brave woman! There’s a trick to shaving really long coats – you basically wind up shearing them like sheep. I tried taking grooming lessons, but my wrists couldn’t take the vibration of the shavers.

    • Tan-tan was really good with us and forgave our amateur grooming status. I think the next shaving will go smoother as we don’t have to let his coat get so thick.

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