Well, I am now down to three of the Springer/Cocker Spaniel mix puppies. I have decided to go with the refund option with vet receipt. As for my rescue dog, Curtis....well, he has had a big week! When I got Curtis, he was just skin and bones. He couldn't hardly walk and was certain to die. I got a ton of flack for buying a half dead dog. I bathed and frontlined him and put him out on the porch. His hair was horribly matted, but, I really felt like my first concern was getting some groceries and medicine in him, so I didn't bother with his hair. We groom our cocker spaniel, Chloe' at home. We bought some clippers from Petco...She sits still and it saves us a ton of money. This spring we tried to give Curtis a hair cut, but, he wasn't having any part of it. I was a little leery to push him to much and to try make him sit and take it. Knowing what a horrible life he had, I figured I better just leave well enough alone.
I was reluctant to take him somewhere to get cut because of the hard life that he has had. I also was worried about new people scaring him unintentionally. I was sitting on the porch and picked up a fly swatter to hit a fly and he started yelping and crying. Anything that swings near him, moves suddenly or sounds aggressive scares him. Unfortunately...a lot of times, a scared dog is a biting dog...so, I didn't want to chance sending him out to be groomed. I just scissored a mat or two every few days.
I found a lady who used to be affiliated with Blue Moon Animal Sanctuary in our area who does dog grooming. She is not longer affiliated with the sanctuary, but, operates a horse rescue. I called her and explained my situation and she said to bring him over and she would see what she could do. He wouldn't follow me to get in the car, so...just as I did the day I got him, I picked him up and carried him to the car. Only this time, his weight was double if not more than it was before. The lady was absolutely wonderful to my Curtis dog. He was very scared and didn't want to be still. He knocked a bunch of stuff over and scratched me all up. He turned into a rodeo dog. We debated giving him a shot to calm him. I stood there petting and talking to him the whole time. At some point he was thrashing around and I put my hand over his eyes....he stopped. After that, as long as I kept my hand over his eyes and he didn't have to look at her, he was fine. She never raised her voice or spoke with an ugly tone. No muzzles or harness. She was so patient and good to him. He now has a sharp summer haircut and looks like a brand new dog. After he was done with his bath and cut he hiked his leg everywhere he could in her shop....she just followed him around with a mop. She was wonderful!
She also put me in contact with a lady who is sending a voucher to the vet hospital here to pay for half of Curtis's neutering so we don't have anymore surprises!