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Max is a Little Mixed Up

03/23/2015
Max - mixed breed

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Max, a darling mixed breed. We think mixed breed dogs are adorable and have great personalities. Max is the best little fellow and comes to us for a short clip to help prevent matting.

If you like mixed breed dogs as much as we do, check out this link for some cute photos of other mixed up dogs.

At the Klip Joint, we don’t care what your dog’s pedigree is – all are welcome and loved!

Max smiling for a treat.

Max smiling for a treat.

A Tail of Two Shih Tzus

03/13/2015

This week’s Klip Joint dogs of the week are two lovely ladies, Bella and Molly. They are both Shih Tzus and come to see us regularly for a fancy trim and bow.

Daily brushing and combing is necessary for Shih Tzus to prevent tangles. Many owners like to keep the coat trimmed short to prevent matting.

A Shih Tzu’s face needs daily attention because they tend to get messy when eating and their eyes tear quite a lot, staining the fur. Wiping the face with a warm, wet washcloth will keep them looking lovely.

Regular tooth brushing is also recommended for Shih Tzus, as they are prone to dental problems.

We can keep your Shih Tzu looking like a princess at the Klip Joint dog grooming – call today for an appointment!

 

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Bella – Shih Tzu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly-ShihTzu

Molly – Shih Tzu

 

Rusty the Poodle

03/03/2015
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This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Rusty, an apricot poodle. Rusty has a lot of personality and was very curious about the camera.

Unlike most dogs which have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat is present) composed of dense, curly fur that sheds minimally. They could be considered hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen free). The poodle does shed, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair. This can lead to matting without proper care.

Texture ranges from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. Poodle show clips require many hours of brushing and care per week. Poodles are usually clipped down into lower-maintenance cuts as soon as their show careers are over. Pet clips are much less elaborate than show and require much less maintenance. A pet owner can anticipate grooming a poodle every six to eight weeks.

No matter what breed of dog you have, Klip Joint can make it look like a champion! Call us today for an appointment.

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Rusty – Apricot Poodle

 

Lexie the Powderpuff

02/23/2015
Lexie on grooming table grinning.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Lexie, a grey and white Chinese Crested powderpuff. There are two distinct varieties of the Chinese Crested Dog, the “hairless” and the “powderpuff.” The powderpuff variety is a beautiful dog with a full coat of fur and many people do not realize they exist because a lot of websites only show the hairless variety. Both varieties are equally recognized by the major kennel clubs. The Chinese Crested originated in Africa where they were called “African Hairless Terriers.”

Chinese Cresteds are very clean, with no doggie odor. Powderpuffs need a lot more grooming. Daily brushing of the powderpuff’s long, fine, double coat is recommended, taking extra care when the dog is shedding. The wooly undercoat becomes matted if neglected.

Lexie was so happy to be at the Klip Joint, she smiled for the camera!

 

Lexie on grooming table

Lexie – Before trimming

 

Lexie - Chinese Crested Powderpuff in cage after grooming.

Lexie – Chinese Crested Powderpuff

Happy Valentines Day!

02/13/2015
Twinkie, a gray poodle mix, with pink bow on top of her head.

Our Klip Joint dog of the week is Twinkie. Twinkie is a poodle mix. She wanted to show off her pretty Valentine’s bow.

Below is a video showing how we put bows on a dog. We buy bows with elastic already attached, specially made to put on dogs so they will stay.

We can dress up your furry babies for any special occasion at the Klip Joint! Call today for an appointment.

Twinkie with pink bow on top of her head - closer shot.

Ziggy

02/06/2015
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This week’s Klip Joint Dog Grooming dog of of the week is Ziggy, a happy Sheltie.

The Shetland Sheepdog is a small, double coated, working dog, agile and sturdy. Shelties have a double coat, which means that they have two layers of fur that make up their coat. The long, rough guard hairs lie on top of a thick, soft undercoat. The guard hairs are water-repellent, while the undercoat provides relief from both high and low temperatures. Mats can be commonly found behind the ears, under the elbow on each front leg, and in the fluffy fur on the hind legs (the “skirts”), as well as around the collar (if worn). Shaving these dogs is very bad for their skin and some do not regrow any significant amount of hair after being shaved, a condition known as alopecia. It should be noted that Shelties shed in clumps which can be pulled or brushed out of the main coat, rather than individual hair. This makes them much easier to groom and clean-up after than many smooth-haired dogs, which leave loose fur in their space.

Shelties have a high level of intelligence. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs, ranking 6th out of 132 breeds tested. His research found that an average Sheltie could understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would obey a command the first time it was given 95% of the time or better.

We think Ziggy understands that regular grooming is important to keep dogs healthy and smiling.

Ziggy the sheltie lying on the grooming table.

Ziggy – Sheltie

Pico the Bichon Frise

01/15/2015
White, newly bathed and trimmed Bichon Frise dog on grooming table.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Pico, a soft and cuddly Bichon Frise.

As with many dog breeds, the exact origin of the Bichon Frise is uncertain. Common belief holds that the Bichon descended from the Barbet, a medium-sized, woolly water dog, and that the word Bichon is derived from barbichon, which is the diminutive of the word barbet. The Barbichon family of dogs includes the Bichon Frise, the Bolgnese, the Coton de Tulear, the Havanese, and the Maltese. All originated in the Mediterranean and have a similar look and disposition.

Because they don’t shed like other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies. This is something you should discuss with your allergist, since not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon. Before making a commitment to getting a Bichon — or any type of dog — be sure to spend some time in the presence of the breed if you have allergies.

If you’re looking for a wonderful family pet, consider the Bichon. This dog loves to play. He’s always happy (except when left alone for long periods of time), and his demeanor is affectionate and gentle.

No matter what breed your dog is, the Klip Joint will keep it looking lovely. Make an appointment today!

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