I learned a very valuable lesson yesterday. A lesson that’s cost my poor little Buddy all of his doggy street cred as well as costing me money as I’ve had to buy my poor little Bud a new coat to wear when he goes out!
The lesson I learned was never to give instructions to the dog groomer whilst half asleep. Before I explain, you need to understand how cuddly and fluffy Buddy is normally so here’s a photo of him that I took of him last month:
He looks a little overgrown already in this photo so you can imagine what he looks like now a month or so later! He’s clearly long overdue a haircut but it’s been the last thing on my mind over the last month or so while I’ve been ill and a doggy haircut isn’t something that Mr Frugal would ever think to arrange (he struggles to arrange his own ;-)).
Anyway, seeing as I’m starting to feel better, I rang the local dog groomers on Friday and made an appointment for yesterday afternoon. It’s not the groomer we usually use but it’s within walking distance so the kids could walk him there as I’m still not driving at the moment.
The plan was that the kids would drop him off a little early and then go swimming together and Mr Frugal would pick him up on his way home from work once he was all done so I waved the kids off and decided to go back to bed for a few hours. The last few months have totally disrupted my sleep pattern so even though I’m on the mend, I’m still struggling to sleep normally on a night and the chance for a little afternoon sleep was too good to pass up.
I fell asleep in no time at all and was quite happily dreaming of unicorns and rainbows when the sound of my phone ringing woke me up. I saw it was the dog groomer so as tempted as I was to ignore the call, I was a good dog Mum and I answered.
She was calling to check how I wanted him cutting as there’s a couple of different Bichon ‘styles’ and I *think* I told her that his hair was a bit knotty as I hadn’t been brushing it as regularly as normal and that I was OK with a shorter Bichon style rather than the usual full on Bichon puffiness. I hung up the phone, confident that she knew what I meant and went back to sleep pretty much straight away.
A little while later, I woke up feeling refreshed and got out of bed to hear the dog having one of his loopy fits downstairs running from room to room and generally being his cheeky playful self. I shouted him so I could see what he looked like with his new hairdo and this appeared:
Turns out that when I thought I’d said that I’d be happy with a shorter Bichon style, I must have actually said ‘Please give my beautiful fluffy puppy the doggy equivalent of a skin head!’ 😉
To be fair, he loves it and it seems to have brought out his cheeky side a little bit more but I have had to buy him a little coat to keep him warm when we go out and I think that may well be the last time we use that particular dog groomers.
I hope you’ve all now learned the dangers of giving instructions when half asleep!
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