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Shelby is wearing the telltale bandana of a professionally washed dog. Normally, I bathe her, but we wanted to get Shelby shaved in the hopes that this would reduce her shedding. But they advised us agaist it. The groomer said that because Shelby's fur is short and stiff, it might not grow back evenly. Steven called me from the pet store, and we decided not to do it because the groomers were uncomfortable with it.

Oh well. She came back to us clean, happy, and ready to get dirty again.

September 6, 2006 | Permalink

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Yaaay! Non stinky pug!

Posted by: randon | Sep 6, 2006 7:26:08 AM

At least the groomers warned you that with
Shelby's type of fur coat, regrowth might be sparse or uneven. We would not want
Miss Shelby to be patchy or unfurry....
she is a fashion icon already. We adore Shelby. Sorry the shedding will continue.

Posted by: Jade | Sep 6, 2006 8:05:59 AM

Oh good choice not to shave...I can't imagine it being very comfortable for her...just the thought of shaving such short coarse hair makes me feel itchy and icky....

Posted by: Ann Crago | Sep 6, 2006 8:40:20 AM

I understand your concern of regrowth with shelby. We have Louie clipped about every two months. Dina (my groomer) uses a short guide that is about the length of the undercoat so when he's done it's hard to notice that he's been groomed.

Yes there is some unevenness in the regrowth. This is because the outer coat grows much faster than the undercoat and at about the 5 week mark he looks just a little fuzzy, this is most noticeable around the top of his shoulders. The undercoat doesn't shed like the top coat and I notice a huge difference in the shedding until about the 6th week. I should have him clipped more often than I do, but somehow time escapes me with my busy schedule.

I can honestly say that Louie is much happier with less hair. He is more active and can take longer walks in the hot Florida Keys weather. It also makes him much easier to bath and he doesn't itch himself as often with the shorter hair.

He is due for his next clipping tommorow at 1pm. I can take before and after photos for you if you would like.

Speaking of my little boy he is just getting up with daddy now... I am preparing for the next 10 minutes of licking that makes typing impossible.

Posted by: Eric | Sep 6, 2006 9:43:52 AM

I'm glad the groomer told you! Time to buy more of those lint rollers!

Posted by: Kara | Sep 6, 2006 4:46:30 PM

Here's a little hint that I use for getting doghair off the furniture and clothes. I use a rubber glove! Any kind will due. Just start gathering the hair into a pile and either pick it up by hand or vacuum it away. It works better than a lint roller! Either that or wrap some duct tape around your hand and rub down the furniture with it! Good ol' duct tape!

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 7, 2006 5:46:10 AM

Ya...I understand that in England (where animals rule) the domestic help also use rubber gloves to keep the furniture hair free when they clean up after the "upper crusts" pampered pets...and it does work quite well if you have a rush clean up to do...Good enough for "QUEENIE"..good enough for us ...just slightly dampen the gloves and it works well

Posted by: Ann Crago | Sep 7, 2006 8:19:40 AM

We take one of those lint brushes( the kind that you can buy in a pack of 6 at Costco or Sams Club, they are rolls of sticky paper on a handle) We roll them over the dogs when they start to shed a lot and they pull out the hairs that are about to come out anyway, but the dogs stay looking normal and they do not pull out the good hairs.

Posted by: Jnelson | Sep 7, 2006 9:36:49 AM

We take one of those lint brushes( the kind that you can buy in a pack of 6 at Costco or Sams Club, they are rolls of sticky paper on a handle) We roll them over the dogs when they start to shed a lot and they pull out the hairs that are about to come out anyway, but the dogs stay looking normal and they do not pull out the good hairs.

Posted by: Jnelson | Sep 7, 2006 9:37:36 AM

Wire slicker brushes are great for removing both cat and dog hair from upholstered furniture. I have a golden retriever, schnauzer mix and pug. Guess who wins the shedding contest? Yup, Pugsley.

Posted by: Bo | Sep 7, 2006 2:26:18 PM

I shave gizmo and gadget. I *though* that they wouldnt have "soft to the touch" fur after I first shaved them, but that's not the case. Their fur is very soft, and it keeps them much cooler in the summer, as well as significantly reduces shedding.

It's just a pain in the butt to actually shave them, since I do it myself.

It doesn't hurt them at all. They don't mind being shaved, really. They DO mind having their nails done, though.

-Matt

Posted by: Matt | Sep 11, 2006 8:55:43 AM

What a wonderful pic of your girl Shelby.
Have you all(a Kentucky thing) had a group pic of your family?
Someday you will be glad to have an "all 3 of you" pics. My 2 english bullys are in doggie heaven and I cherish our "family" photos.
ONe of Shelbys many many fans,edie

Posted by: edieparks | Sep 13, 2006 11:44:51 PM

Ack! It's been ten days! I'm going into puppy withdrawals! How's the cutest pug there ever was?

Posted by: Randon | Sep 14, 2006 5:02:13 AM

hey !

My friend is fostering a pug who got shaved once and has a trauma over it... he gets aggressive now. Probably some pugs are ok with it, but why take the chance ?

Their coats cool them down in summer, keep them warm in winter.

I guess hovering is our doom !!! hehehe.

kisses from my pugs to Shelby !

Posted by: frederieke Arps | Sep 18, 2006 5:23:44 AM

I have to say I shave both my pugs and they seem to be happy with less hair over the summer....yeah you're going to get a weird looking dog and the uneveness of the hairgrowth can be remedied with a minor trim as the hair grows - it doesnt bother me as long as i can hug my pugs and not get hair all over me. they shed so much i bought the Cone vacuum and keep it handy to suck up hair wherever they sit or shake. doesnt hurt to try though!

Posted by: mai | Jun 6, 2007 2:14:53 PM

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