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Ok gang, I need us all to put our heads together.
I am taking Sassy to a groomer Friday just for a consult and to interview the groomer. I taking Sassy along because I want her to actually see Sassy's coat and also see how she reacts towards Sassy. We have talked over the phone but you know how that goes. I described Sassy's coat but I want her to see for herself. She said that she rarely sees a Maltese with the proper thick silky coat, that she sees thin stringy ones. Anywho, I am thinking about trimming Sassy up a little so that I can put some little cutsie clothes on her this winter; however, I just know I am going to kick myself if I do it. This groomer says that she can trim her up a little so as to keep her coat long but make it more manageable time wise. I have to confess, blow drying for over an hour and a half every week can be a chore. Sometimes I look at all of the cute puppy cuts and I think Sassy would look so adorable because she has such a pretty little face. But, then I look at her coat and I think, naaaaaaaa. I even like the ones that look like she did when she was about 10 months old. You know the half in between ones. I have one of her like that in my gallery. If nothing else I think I want to trim her face or at least around her eyes a little. Poor little thing, eventhough I keep her in a top know, it seems that she is always getting hair stuck to her eyeballs. :new_Eyecrazy: It seems like that would have to hurt. Do you ladies have any suggestions? Has anyone gone from full coat to a more managable cut? If so, are you happy that you made that choice? This decision is driving me
My husband is always suggesting a cut, and I just smile and say maybe one day. Help me out here friends.
 

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If you are interested in a shorter cut, maybe you could try something like going an inch shorter each time she is groomed, then you could "warm up" to the idea of her being shorter and it not be in such shock.

As for the hair in the eyes, maybe clipping the hairs pretty short in that area may be helpful.

Be sure to see how the groomer interacts with Sassy and check out the cleanliness of the shop. I've seen some nasty ones! Be sure to ask about sanitation and how she cleans up after each animal.

Also, you could bring some pictures of various dog coat lengths that you like (check out the SM gallery for ideas) to give her an idea of what you are looking for.

I have only had Toby "professionally" groomed (and I use that term loosely) twice and to me it was more important to see that the shop was clean and that Toby was handled correctly rather than how he came out looking.

One last thing, ask how she plans on drying Sassy. Steer clear of anyone wanting to use a cage dryer!

Good Luck and be sure to post "before" and "after" pictures!
 

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Originally posted by Nichole@Sep 1 2005, 02:23 AM
One last thing, ask how she plans on drying Sassy.  Steer clear of anyone wanting to use a cage dryer!

Good Luck and be sure to post "before" and "after" pictures! 

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We discussed the drying issue over the phone. She says she hand drys all her dogs. And she says she only scissor cuts Maltese. She is supposed to be a "Master Groomer" with 27 years experience. For whatever that is worth. I have a lot of questions before anyone gets out the scissors. Trust me.

Sassy has only been professionally
trimmed once. The
groomer used a slicker brush to slick Sassy's long coat down (breaking it as she went along) then she was supposed to clip the bottom of her coat even with the table. Needless to say, after she was done and Sassy started moving around. The body in her hair made it bounce up to about 1"--2" off of the floor. I was not a happy camper, but her hair growns fast and in no time it was turning up on the floor again.
 

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Hi Sassy's Mommy, A few months ago I had Catcher cut from a fairly long "do" to a puppy cut and I was sooo happy. He does not have the gorgeous hair that Sassy does, so that could make a difference. He has thick, cottony hair and I've heard that those with that type hair actually do better in a puppy cut than those with silky hair.

But I love the shorter cut. It mats a whole lot less and he seemed to like it, too!! And I love seeing his cute, little body!


What I did with Catcher is I had her leave the length of the face, ears, etc. the same and she just trimmed the body. She even left a nice amount of hair on his legs.

This post from our "resident SM grooming expert" JMM shows the proper way to do a puppy cut. I printed it out and took it to my groomer when I had Catcher's puppy cut done.

Puppy Cut Pictorial Thread from JMM

Good luck with the appointment and keep us posted!!! And we'll have to see before and after pics!!!
 

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Originally posted by 3Maltmom@Sep 1 2005, 09:10 AM
Just don't let this happen!!!  Sammie wouldn't talk to me for a week - LOL
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Who was she (which personality) when this photo was taken?
 

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That would be Geraldine. She was actually mad at George for matting her tail. Donna blamed Wilma, and Wilma was mad at me for not punishing George.
 

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Originally posted by paris@Sep 1 2005, 12:04 PM
 
 

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That sweet little Sammie could have made her own soap opera and starred in all of the roles.


3Maltmom, that picture of the girls on the stairs and Sammie ignoring you is burned into my brain. Every time I think of her I laugh.
 

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Sassy has beautiful hair. I understand why you are hesitating on cutting it. But it has to be a ton of work to keep it so nice. I do agree an not letting anyone use a cage dryer. When I had Duke groomed once they used a cage dryer, he had never had a mat but when I picked him up he had a huge mat on his butt. It was so obvious I couldnt believe they left it there. I had to cut it out myself. Needless to say we have found a new groomer. Anyway good luck. Cant wait to see pics of Sassy's new do
 

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Its so hard to make that decision to cut or not to cut, I feel for you. Just be sure you are very clear about what you want. I would bring lots of pictures, even if to get everything you want you have to bring tons. You mentioned trimming around the eyes.....I don't think this happens with everyone, but since Bella has been getting trimmed below her eyes she has had more tearing and I actually had to take her to the vet to get ointment. I finally decided to grow her hair back out and see if the problem goes away. But, I think maybe Bella is just extra senstitive, I'm not saying you would have that problem. Whatever you decide, good luck. I'm sure your baby will be adorable either way
 

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I love Sassy's long hair, it is soo beautiful. I know how much work it is though, I think that Sassy will be cute any way her hair is cut.
 

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Ok, today is Friday and I changed my mind on taking Sassy today. I thought Friday might be too busy and not a good time to go. I will let everyone know what I decide next week.
 

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I don't know if you ended up cutting Sassy's hair but I just took a look at your gallery pictures and if it's not too late -DON'T!!
OMG, she looks beautiful!! I know it's probably alot of work though so don't listen to me - I'm planning on keeping Abbey in a puppy cut as well. But just wanted to say how very gorgeous she looks!!
 

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Originally posted by Abbey@Sep 19 2005, 10:56 AM
I don't know if you ended up cutting Sassy's hair but I just took a look at your gallery pictures and if it's not too late -DON'T!!
  OMG, she looks beautiful!!  I know it's probably alot of work though so don't listen to me - I'm planning on keeping Abbey in a puppy cut as well.  But just wanted to say how very gorgeous she looks!!

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No, I did not cut her hair, in fact I have some newer pictures that show her coat even better. I will post them when I get some time. Thanks you for the nice compliment.
 
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