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I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced that awkward moment when you realize your beloved, ADORABLE dog, is actually a hot mess, but that is what happened to me recently. Due to a case of the winter blahs, I skipped taking Nelly and my sister’s dog, Darla, to PetSmart® Grooming for a lot longer than I should have. Thankfully, though, the groomers were able to get them ready for spring. All photos are courtesy of Alice G Patterson Photography.
As embarrassing as it is, I’m going to share some of the before photos so you can appreciate the transformation.
Nelly is supposed to be a white dog, but she had taken on a beige hue and was well on her way to becoming a mini-me for the original Shaggy Dog. I’m not going to lie; I was really tempted to give her a bath before these photos.
I’m not exactly sure what she has in her mustache, but let’s just go with “breakfast.” I was happy to drop off my little ragamuffin knowing she was in capable and caring hands at PetSmart. Last year I learned that the PetSmart salon associates acquire an annual safety certification including learning signs of distress and recognizing pet medical conditions. The groomers (who cut hair) have over 400 hours of additional hands-on training.
Nelly got the top dog treatment which includes:
Bath & Brush
- Oxygen-infused bath
- Shampoo washing & blow dry
- 15-minute brushing
- Nail trim
- Ear cleaning, hair removal & flushing (if needed)
- Scissoring feet & pad shaving
- Sanitary trim
- Anal gland cleaning
- Choice of premium shampoo
- Milk bath conditioner
- Scented cologne spritz
- Teeth brushing & breath freshener
- Bandana or bow (Nelly got both for being a good girl)
Nelly has some allergies, so I always request the hypoallergenic shampoo. As you can see, it gets her clean and fresh!
As for Darla, I can promise you there’s a whole dog underneath that poof; she was just a little hard to find.
Since Darla has such a thick coat, she needed different services. Alice opted for the Bath, Haircut, and Furminator. The groomer used the Furminator on Darla to help get rid of that thick winter coat and trimmed her up a bit.
One of the great things about PetSmart Grooming is they offer a “Look Great Guarantee” so if you don’t like the grooming, they will make it right or it is free.
I love Darla’s little ears!
What a difference their spa day made!
If your dog (or cat!) needs a little attention to look its best, you can book an appointment online as well as call for an appointment. They also offer some walk-in services.
All pets need current rabies vaccinations and proof of vaccination from their vet. Rabies vaccination needs to be administered 48 hours before service and must be over eight weeks old.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, photography for small businesses and dog photography.
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