She's been scratching a lot lately and I know she hasn't got fleas, because we've treated her and if she had I would get bitten, which I always did as a child when we had cats. OH thought that getting her stripped might relieve her skin irritation, which has been getting worse for a while now and the groomer seemed to agree.
We took her along to the grooming salon, filled with other dogs. She didn't have a clue as to what was going on. We had to sign the usual disclaimers, in case of a reaction to the process. Hopefully, this won't be a problem.
Being a Cairn Terrier, she has a coat that doesn't really moult, so she can get quite hot in the summer months. We were advised by her breeders that stripping would be necessary, but this is the first time we had taken her. After staying for a few minutes to see how she took to the process, we left her in the capable hands of the groomers (the process takes 2 to 2 and half hours).
When we took her in she looked like this. Our lovely scruffy little dog.
When we collected her she looked like this.
Bless her. It wasn't actually as short as I was expecting and thankfully, she didn't seem to mind having it done. I think she was a little bit shocked, but she soon perked up. It's like having a new dog, only a tidy looking one. I want to ruffle her fur up and make her look more scruffy.
I think she might need to wear her wool coat on walks for a couple of weeks if the weather takes a turn for the worst.