A couple of weeks ago Ted and I went to The Soggy Doggie Dog Grooming in Wigan to get his first ever haircut. Ted is quite nervous round other dogs so I didn’t want to take him to a grooming salon where he would be faced with the stress of not only getting a bath (which he hates) but also being surrounded by other dogs. I found Laura through her dog’s instagram page @talesofrex where she told me about her dog grooming business that she runs from home. This sounded perfect for Ted as all of her appointments are one to one with each dog and she keeps it very personal to them and their needs.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Laura who took us through to the back of her house which she has converted into a space for dog grooming. We wanted to give Ted a little bit of time to get used to his surroundings before his makeover began so he went for a little sniff around the house and met Drogo the bearded dragon although I think he was more interested in his cage than anything else!
Because it was Ted’s first time and he does suffer from mild separation anxiety Laura very kindly let me stay to watch and take photos of his groom. Before she started we took him outside to get a before shot of his scruffy look.
As much as I did love the long hair it was getting a bit out of control, especially around the eyes. So I was incredibly excited for him to have a little tidy up. Ted on the other hand, was not!
We started out with a bath. Ted chose his own shampoo after sniffing them all and trying to eat the bottle! He tried to act like he was hating it but when it came to being shampooed you could tell that he was loving it really. He did not love having it washed off though! He screamed the place down. Personally I think he was playing it up because he knew that I could hear him.
Once the bath was over the time came for the hairdryer. Honestly I thought that this would be the worsed part as he was scared of the wind when we hiked to the top of Mam Tor a few days earlier!
He was a bit nervous at first, but Laura really took the time to get him used to it and show him that it was ok. He then proceeded to sit nicely for her and let her dry him, all the while looking over at me as if to say ‘I hate you’.
It was then time for a trim. At this point I left the room completely and went to hide in the kitchen and drink my cup of tea! He didn’t need much off his body as he’s not got much fur to begin with. The main focus was around his face! He’s a wiggly little monster at the best of times so I was amazed by the fact that Laura managed to not only trim his head and around his eyes, but also made is completely even. He has an awful habit of trying to eat anything you put near his mouth so I can only imagine how much patience is just have taken to trim him. But Ted still loved her and even tried giving kisses to get out of his haircut!
He looked like a different (much fluffier) dog afterwards! He didn’t seem phased by his groom at all. In fact he ran upstairs and retrieved a pair of socks to play with, then settled down on the sofa for a nap. He definitely made himself at home!
I’d highly recommend The Soggy Doggie to anyone in the local area, especially people who have puppies that they’d like to have a very positive first grooming experience.
Love Ellie, Amber and Ted x