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Watch out for kissing bugs!


Texas A&M University is tracking the movement of “kissing bugs” into the southern United States. These bugs carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease. The illness causes damage to the heart and digestive system and can cause cardiac arrest if you or your dog are bitten by an infected bug. They are finding a lot of dogs in the southern U.S. infected with this parasite. Although the dogs aren’t spreading the parasite directly to people, they are helping to make the disease KissingBugmore prevalent. The chance of dogs spreading the disease to humans is very low, but increases if there are kissing bugs around that can transmit the illness through their bite.

If you find a kissing bug and are interested in submitting it to Texas A&M, email their research team at When collecting the bug, avoid direct contact with the bug, its feces or areas contaminated by the bug. Place the bug in a sealable plastic bag and freeze it before sending in to Texas A&M.

I hope they can find a way to eliminate this parasite so our dogs and ourselves will be safe from this disease. Yuk!

Poodle Clips

Two black poodles with poodle cuts

Kash and Arlemis are the Klip Joint very handsome dogs of the week. Here are some pointers on how to decide what clip to use on your poodle.

Your Poodle needs to be clipped on a regular schedule. Any clips other than the required show-ring clips are pet clips. Most pet Poodles are kept in fairly simple, easily maintained clips.

When deciding on a clip for your Poodle, remember that the longer the coat is, the more brushing and combing you’ll need to do.

  • The kennel clip. The kennel clip is the shortest clip and the easiest to maintain. It’s ideal for Poodles who hike in the woods, play on the beach, or go swimming. The Poodle’s face, feet, and tail are shaved, with a scissored topknot and a tail pompon. The body and legs are the same length and quite short, usually under 1/2 inch long. The ears may be full, shortened, or completely clipped.
  • The sporting clip. The sporting clip is similar to the kennel clip, but the legs are longer than the body and scissored to blend into the body. The body is as much as one inch long, with the leg length in proportion to the body length.
  • The lamb trim. The lamb trim is a longer version of the sporting clip, with the body and legs as long as you wish, often as long as two or three inches.
  • The puppy clip. In the puppy clip, the Poodle’s face, feet, and tail are shaved, with a pompon left on the tail and the rest of the coat left long. The hindquarters, chest, and legs are shaped with scissors to blend in with the longer hair on the rest of the body. If the body hair is shortened, it isn’t a true puppy clip. Show Poodles may be, and usually are, kept in a puppy clip until they are a year old. Pet Poodles are usually clipped into a shorter pet clip when the long hair becomes more work to keep brushed.
  • The modified puppy clip. The modified puppy clip is similar to the true puppy clip, but the topknot is shaped and the entire body is shortened with scissors.
  • The teddy bear clip. Strictly speaking, the teddy bear clip isn’t a clip because clippers aren’t used – the entire body is shortened and shaped with scissors. The body, legs, and tail are usually a couple of inches long, with no changes in lengths on different parts of the body. The topknot is shortened and rounded, but not in a cap as in other clips. The face, feet, and tail are scissored to blend with the body, not shaved. This trim can be very cute, especially on smaller Poodles, but it’s high maintenance and needs frequent brushing.

Grooming Matters


This is a sweet video about a matted dog and how he found a new home.




We can help keep your dog looking handsome at the Klip Joint Dog Grooming. Please encourage others to adopt a shelter dog!

Good to Be Mixed Up

Sammy, a mixed breed dog

Today’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Sammy. Sammy is a mixed breed dog and comes to see us every two months, or so. He has a great personality and a really expressive face.

Here are a few good reasons to get a mixed breed dog:

  1. Mixed breed dogs have plenty of variety. While it’s true that you can find a purebred dog in any shape and size, you may have to visit a specialized breeder or a high-end pet store to find the one you like. Whether you’re looking for a dog who can fit in your lap or a mixed-breed canine who can join in on your active lifestyle, there’s a good chance you can find a mixed breed dog with the qualities you’re looking for.
  2. Mixed breed dogs are less expensive. If you haven’t inquired about pricing with a high-end breeder, you may be shocked to find out that a purebred dog can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. On the other hand, mixed breed dogs are far less expensive and chances are, you’ll be helping out your local rescue group in the process.
  3. Your mixed breed dog may live longer. According to, many studies comparing the lifespan of mixed breed dogs and purebred dogs have shown that mixed breed dogs usually have longer lifespans than their counterparts. Because of their genetic diversity, they have a decreased risk of developing genetic disorders and diseases that may be more prevalent in purebred canines.
  4. Mixed breed dogs have unique personalities. While all dogs are different in their own way, mixed breed canines are a bit more unpredictable and can sometimes draw on many of the genetic traits that they possess. Purebred dogs are usually known for consistent personality traits across the board, but most mixed-breed canines have wonderful personalities and can be far more multifaceted and adaptable to various environments than purebreds.

At the Klip Joint Dog Grooming, we love all breeds and all mixes. Come for a visit!

A Boy, a Dog and Bubbles


These are some of our favorite things! Here is our friend David playing with his dog Matti. Matti loves to get those bubbles!


Worth the Price


Here’s an interesting info graphic I found about how much it costs to own a pet. I think pet owners should know what they are getting themselves into, but our pets are soooo worth it, don’t you think?



Just a little Sugar-foot

Side view of Sugarfoot

This week’s Klip Joint Dog of the Week is Sugarfoot, a gray Miniature Poodle. She was so good at posing for the camera, she should be a professional model.

Poodles must be bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks. Clean and check the ears frequently for wax or mites or infection and pull out hairs growing inside the ear canal. The teeth need regular scaling. Since the coat does not shed it needs to be clipped. There are several different types of Poodle clips. The most common for pet owners is an easy-care clip called a “pet clip,” “puppy clip” or “lamb clip,” where the coat is cut short all over the body. Popular show clips are the English saddle and the Continental clip where the rear half of the body is shaved, bracelets are left around the ankles, and pom-poms are left on the tails and hips. Other clip styles are the modified continental clip, town and country clip, kennel or utility clip, summer clip, and the Miami of bikini clip. Poodles shed little to no hair and are good for allergy sufferers.

I’ve written here before about how smart poodles are and I found this video of a poodle playing the guitar to prove it.





Sugarfoot the gray miniature poodle sitting on the grooming table

Sugarfoot – Gray Miniature Poodle


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