My journal and my life

Post #16 Before & After

Look at Max!  Here’s before & after pictures:

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I’ve had pets & dogs since childhood & more recently, well for nigh-on the last 30 years, they’ve been Labradors.  Notorious for shedding their short hair, in fact my ex-husband mentioned that when our golden lab Amber moved forward quickly, she left an outline in discarded fur behind her!  It gets everywhere & no matter how clean the kitchen is kept, someone still usually ends up pulling a dog hair from their food – should I have really mentioned that!?

Then came along Max, a six month old Cocker Spaniel needing a home.  A beautiful blue roan with a placid temperament, we just had to rescue him.  He moults too, but we hadn’t realised that this didn’t stop his fur from growing!  Like human hair, his fur grows longer very quickly with big tufts on his paws & curls on his forehead almost needing a bow to keep it from flopping in his eyes 🙂

Very soon he became shaggy which took an age to dry off when he came back from a walk in the wet, which is most days here in the UK.  Surprisingly he also has two types of fur which grow at different speeds.  The white is coarse, straighter & longer, whilst the black is soft & downy, absorbing water like cotton wool – impossible to dry completely & remaining damp for ages.  It’s a real wonder that he doesn’t get a headache from the weight of his ears & as these tend to dangle in whatever he eats & drinks, dreadlocks soon form.  He makes us laugh, turning his head to try & obtain the food he can obviously smell on the ends of his ears – time to get the wet wipes out.

My husband Rob thinks he has more character when he’s shaggy & that’s why he doesn’t go to be clipped as often as he aught, but I love him when he’s a short & smart boy.

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