Dog Grooming In Winter

This is Bailey. Please note the beautiful eyes and the distinguished gray around the muzzle. She's going to be 11 years old in just a few weeks. She's my sweet Big Dog.

This is Bailey's fur. She is part black lab and part chow, so she has this weird combination fur. It is very, very thick and has a very heavy undercoat. This requires frequent grooming or you'll find bits of Bailey all over everything. Which we often do, and even more so in winter than any other time of year. Thank you to whoever invented vacuum cleaners and lint rollers.

This is Bailey during one of her grooming sessions. She absolutely adores it and gets so incredibly relaxed. It takes about 45 minutes to really get all of that undercoat brushed and cleaned out, so she has plenty of time for a nap. My favorite part, though, is taking her paws and flipping her from one side to the other. It's not Bailey's favorite part, but she's very patient with me, and I think it's hilarious!

And this is the finished product. It's Bailey's new baby brother, and I have named him Harry. Get it? She weighs about 10 pounds less than she did when I started, and her mood has changed completely. See the ears up? That's a happy, lighter dog. Now rinse and repeat.


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