Piglet at the stripper’s

Wee Piggle and I drove over to Arnside yesterday so that ace dog groomer, Hilary Gilpin, could strip Piggle’s coat.

It’s been amazingly long for ages now, but I thought it best to leave the stripping until now because the winter has been so cold. Hilary pionted out, though, that Piggle’s coat won’t have been keeping her either warm or dry for quite some time, because when it’s as long as that it simply splits along the back, and forms into little ringletty things (Piglet calls it her Rastafurian look), so that wind and rain get straight through. Doh… I’ll know for next time.

Hilary did a great job. Piglet has only a rather sparse undercoat–Hilary said that’s probably because she’s a blue and tan (as opposed to red or grizzle), as for some reason it takes longer for undercoats to develop on little blues, and Piglet’s still only 16 months old (today, in fact!) In a couple of weeks, though, it’ll have grown through and she’ll look lovely.

It was great to see my wee puppy emerge again from under all that fur, and to have confirmation that I’ve not been over-feeding her. She looks pretty skinny to me now, but Hilary (who also breeds, shows and judges Borders, so knows what she’s talking about) said there was “more than enough of her”.

Anyway, here are the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures. Amazing, eh! As ever, click on the smaller pics for larger versions.

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5 Responses to Piglet at the stripper’s

  1. alan.sloman says:

    What a transformation! She looks a foot taller in Picture 9. Had I not seen the process from start to finish I would say someone had swapped dogs.

  2. Mango Terrier says:

    My brother and I will remain Hairy Bears until May at least . . .

  3. Ratdog says:

    Like the new look!

    –Ratdog

  4. Laura says:

    Well, how smart is that dog!! And how well behaved during the process! I’m impressed.

  5. peewiglet says:

    Thanks, peepses!

    Yes, it’s amazing! She looked very different last time, but the difference is even more pronounced this time, prolly because her coat was really out of control.

    She seems delighted to be rid of it. She’s been dashing round the house like a mad thing, and frisking and frolicking like a lamb in the woods. She even consented to cuddle up with me on the chair in front of the television earlier, for the first time in about a month. I reckon she must have been too hot before! This time, though, I was able to cover her up with my dressing gown and get a proper cuddle ♥

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