Monday, March 24, 2008

Out of the cocoon

Here's Sophie at 7:30 this morning with about five months' worth of hair. I let it grow out because her old bones (she's 13!) get really cold in winter otherwise. But once the days start warming up, it's a burden. I'm told dog hair is even warmer than sheep's wool.

Here she is at 12:30. The groomer would've liked more time with her to go over some uneven spots, and I'm not really happy with her tail, but I needed to get to work, so I'll tidy her up later.
I know, she looks a little butchered; the contrast is shocking, isn't it? Such a skinny, stick-legged critter under all that hair! She's hunching over a little in what looks like embarrassment, but it's really because she suspects treachery from the camera and that I might not give her the bone she's expecting. She got the bone, though, and in another week or two she'll look just fine. I know she'll feel better, too!

12 comments:

Jen F said...

Ah, the spring haircut - we know it well! :)

S. must be happy to have the weight literally off her shoulders...

Kitt said...

Very happy! And she'll be more willing to cuddle now that she's not so hot.

readingwritingliving said...

Our dogs have a very similar before-and-after profile. When we first got ChaCha groomed, our younger daughter cried and said she looked like a "science experiment." Agh. It took us a long time to find a groomer who would "go easy" on them. It's a lot more expensive, and more frequent, but emotionally we can't cope with the drastic changes.

readingwritingliving said...

PS. Sophie looks awfully elegant though.

Katy said...

cutie!!! my dogs just got groomed too -- now they look like they have little toothpick bodies and legs! but their fur had gotten SO long and matted it was really necessary. now it just has to get a little bit warmer around here!

kris said...

Sophie's ready for summer - very nice! My two are looking a little shaggy - but they're certainly not suffering from the heat! :)

Lisa said...

Sophie's stylin'. And her cut shows off her pretty necklace so nicely.

pinknest said...

aaa! she looks naked after that haircut! lol! but she's still a looker.

©Hotbutton Press said...

Tell her she's bee-u-tee-ful! What a sassy look. :Dani

Anonymous said...

Huskies undergo the same shocking thin-down when bathed. But then they fluff back out!

Layla 'n Pip said...

Does seem like it's time for the spring 'dos ... the skinny legs are always a bit surprising to me, too.

Kitt said...

My poor naked poodle. I've had to haul out a sweater for her because she shivers so now. Her teeth chatter! Loudly! It's so very pathetic.

But really, it's easier to keep her warm than to see her suffering when the weather gets hot, as it has on a few days already.