Teaching a Shelter Dog New Tricks

While sitting in the vet’s waiting room, a lady came in with her little black dog. She said it was a rescue dog that had been abused and was housed with some really large dogs. The poor little thing is terrified of big dogs like Rottweilers and Boxers.

The breed of her little dog looked vaguely familiar, but I was not sure, so I asked. I don’t know if that was a breech of vet waiting room etiquette or not, but I try to be polite and it was not like I was being a snob about any particular breed. She said the dog is a Papillon and that she had been training it to run agility courses.

There aren’t any dog parks anywhere in this area, so I wondered where she was going to have the use of an agility course. She said that she had one built in her own backyard. That is pretty cool – I wish i had the extra money to put in a doggie playground and agility course. We really need a dog park around here – maybe I can find a grant for getting one started.

Found a New Dog Groomer in Donelson

While in the vet waiting room last week, I was chatting with another lady who had a beautiful Afghan hound. I have never seen a live Afghan before, but always thought they are really cool dogs. This dog was perfectly groomed and so elegant, I asked the lady if she did the dog’s grooming or used someone special. She laughed and said that there was no way she could groom this dog, but that she used Tidy Dog Pet Supply and Salon in Donelson. Well, that is right down the street from me! It’s just in the other direction from where I normally turn onto Lebanon Pike, so I rarely go down there to have noticed it.

She didn’t have the Tidy Dog phone number handy, but I found it easily enough online. They have a nice, basic web site with their phone number and salon hours on it. I called the number and was able to get a dog grooming appointment the very next day. That was incredibly convenient and they did a really good job on Miss Dottie, my Jack Russell.

Miss Dottie was supposed to be a purebred Jack Russell that I bought from a breeder in Lebanon, but the vet says that she is only maybe half Jack Russell. Her coloring is too much brown and her hair is too long, even for the type of Jack Russell that has a “rough coat.” I love Miss Dottie and don’t mind that she is not pure bred, although I think it was wrong for the breeder to misrepresent that.

When I picked up Miss Dottie she looked wonderful. The dog groomers at Tidy Dog did a great job with her bath and hair cut, and they had cleaned her teeth and ears and even cut her nails. Thank goodness they did not put any nail polish on her – I have seen that done on poodles and think it is ridiculous!

They charge less than $50 for a full spa day for Miss Dottie and it was worth every penny. I am so grateful for the lady at the vet’s office with the Afghan Hound for sharing this info with me!