Sunday, January 15, 2012
Mr. Tuckaroo went to the "Spaw" on Friday. He was exhausted and sleepy after his big day.
Remember those boots? Gone. He looks like a big boy now! Feet trimmed between his pads, nails done, itty bitty bow on his collar, even his ears trimmed just a bit. He was kind of grumpy too. I think that goes along with being tired.
I was given a super duper recommendation from my Vet's office of the place next door that recently opened. They are a no cage groomer with a doggie day care to boot. After our visit this week I walked next door with Tucker and we took a walk through of the place. Oh my....it was really different than where I have taken our poochies before! Also closer.....
To walk inside is sort of like visiting a tropical resort. On the windows on the top and bottom they have hula skirts lined up for the curtains. Inside the soft scent of tropical candles burn and the wall color as well as the floor is a soft blue. A gated entry to a larger open space with the reception area straight ahead and to the left a large harvest table with to purchase doggie treats as well as a free doggie treat container and the scented candles. Mmmmmm.....music...yes music. Softly floating in the air tropical tunes. There is another gated area beyond the table where a nice size play area is for the little poochies to romp around. Then to right of the reception area leads to a grooming area where Michelle the owner can look out a large picture window back into the main reception room. She is jovial and obviously a animal lover. Her poochie and a few others lie on plump beds as comfy and content as can be. Another separate room with a large window is the bathing room, which is the only room that has any crates for those poochies waiting for a bath. Two poochies are in there. One being bathed and one being attended to on a grooming table. All is calm. A little farther on is a much larger space for the big poochies to play in. The day we took our tour there were about five big pups having a grand ole time being tossed a tennis ball with one of those lobbers as I call them.
Back to Tucker's Spaw day. We were greeted warmly by the receptionist and filled out the info card. I brought Tucker over to the small dog play area and the attendant let him in with a posse of pups. He looked like the new kid in class and seemed a big disoriented at first. Before you could count to 5 he was sniffing and being sniffed off to explore and play. Didn't even look back to me.
That afternoon when I picked him up he was in with the small poochie play area awaiting my arrival. He looked so handsome! His paw hair clipped on top and between the pads, nails trimmed, and a wee bit of trimming on his ears plus a fluffy clean coat. He was happy but I knew he had to be hungry as he missed his noon feeding. He was calm as I paid the bill and sat on the back seat very quiet. Once home after a quick relief on the lawn I fed both pups. Contentment for the tummy.
He was a bit grumpy as I said. Kind of like when your child goes to the first day of school and they come home not able to think clearly. He didn't want to play with Stewie and there was a little snip of some grumbles from both when I was giving some TLC. Jealousy? I quickly put Tucker in his puppy pen where he promptly fell to sleep. I would imagine it was a stressful day. He hasn't been in this kind of experience before and she had said he didn't want to have much done with his feet. I know that every time he goes he will get better and that will make it easier for me to do in the long run. Another lesson for Tucker today.
Needless to say we did not practice our lessons from school as he was gone for 5 hours and I was busy earlier as our son got his braces off his teeth today!