It shames me to realize that I could easily be one of those bitties who wears a sweatshirt with her dog’s face screen printed on the front. You know, it would read: “World’s Best Boy” or something equally horrendous.
Yes, I’ve turned into that girl who unabashedly loves her dog and has fleeting moments in which she forgets her dog is not a human.
As some of you know, Campbell is a rescue dog; and while he’s come a LONG way since we adopted him in October, it’s safe to say that he’s still afraid of, well, everything.
On Saturday, we “treated” Campbell to a full-blown grooming experience. He was bathed, his nails were clipped, his teeth were brushed (thank GOD) his ears were cleaned and his anal gland was squeezed. Who knew that anal gland thing was important? Not this girl.
Needless to say, Campbell was a little nervous as we pulled into the PetSmart parking lot.
Cory and I were a little nervous, too. Cory was anxious because he thought Campbell might bite another dog (because it’s happened – twice) and I was nervous that my wittle baby boy would have a heart attack.
When we checked him in I firmly, yet kindly, reminded the Grooming Specialist, Jason about Campbell’s situation (Any Redskins/football fans catch the irony in this groomer/groom-y name situation?):
“Campbell’s a rescue dog who was abused. We don’t know how badly abused, but we know it was significant. He’s scared of everything, really.
I then bent down to finish my conversation with Jason, through Campbell. You know how people do that? They use their dog to have conversations with people?
You’re aggressive with other dogs, but you just don’t know any better, do you, my wittle boooyyy? You have a kind heart.”
Jason had a glossy-eyed look about him, and I wanted to shake him and say “DID YOU HEAR ME?! DON’T SCARE MY SWEET BOY!” But I decided that might be in poor taste.
As we were leaving, Jason suggested we have Campbell groomed every four weeks.
Psh, not at $65 a pop, buddy. I don’t spend that kind of money on my own hair each month. See, sometimes I remember he’s a dog, not a human
- Does your pet enjoy being groomed?
- Who else talks to their pet like it’s a person? …Anyone?