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Sleepy Angel

Angel the maltese dog in the cage after grooming.

This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Angel, an elderly Maltese. Angel has been coming to see us for a long time and knows the routine. After grooming she always puts her nose on the bars of the cage and dozes off while waiting for her owner to arrive.

Maltese have no undercoat, and have little to no shedding if cared for properly. Like their relatives, the Poodles and Bichon Frisé, they are considered to be largely hypoallergenic and many people who are allergic to dogs may not be allergic to the Maltese.  Regular grooming is also required to prevent the coats of non-shedding dogs from matting. Many owners will keep their Maltese clipped in a “puppy cut”, a 1–2 inch all over trim that makes the dog resemble a puppy.

Daily cleaning is required to prevent the risk of tear-staining. Dark staining in the hair around the eyes, “tear staining”, can be a problem in this breed, and is mostly a function of how much the individual dog’s eyes water and the size of the tear ducts. To get rid of tear staining, a solution or powder can be specially made for tear stains, which can often be found in local pet stores. A fine-toothed metal pet comb, moistened with hot water and applied twice weekly, also works extremely well.

Make an appointment today for your little angels at Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

Angel the maltese dog dozing off in the cage.

Angel dozes while waiting to be picked up.


Charlie the Basset Hound


Our Klip Joint dog of the week is Charlie, a very loving basset hound. Charlie likes to come in regularly for a bath and toenail trim.

Basset Hounds have smooth, short, hard-textured coats that are relatively easy to take care of, although they shed a lot.

Basset Hounds have large pendulous ears (known as “leathers”) that do not allow air to circulate inside them, like other breeds with erect or more open ears. This can result in infections and ear mites if their ears are not kept clean and dry. If their ears are allowed to dangle on the ground or in food on a daily basis, they may develop chronic and potentially fatal ear diseases. Their ears should be checked and wiped clean with a damp cloth at least once a week.

Short or tall – we love them all at Klip Joint Dog Grooming!

Charlie - Basset Hound

Charlie – Basset Hound

Little Dixie Bell


This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Dixie Bell, an adorable Shih Tzu. We took her out for a break before her bath and she tried to hide under the lawn chair. She is a sweet girl, but she doesn’t care for the bath part of grooming! She looked even cuter when we were finished.

Most people opt for keeping their Shih Tzu’s coat clipped short, which makes it easier to groom for the owner and more comfortable for the dog. You will still need to brush and comb your dog, at least several times per week, every other day is even better and a once over every evening is ideal.

Daily brushing and combing will prevent most mats from forming, but if daily grooming is not possible, de-matting might be necessary.

We will take good care of your little darlings at Klip Joint Dog Grooming!


Dixie Bell tried to hide from us to avoid her bath.

















Dixie Bell after grooming.


Sheldon Cooper


I wonder how the TV character, Sheldon Cooper, would feel about having a dog named after him? Surely he wouldn’t be offended if he saw how cute this terrier mix named Sheldon Cooper is – especially after getting groomed at the Klip Joint!


Terrier mix, Sheldon Copper, before grooming.
















Sheldon Cooper, after grooming.



Indy the Shih Tzu


This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Indy, a black Shih Tzu. Indy is about 11 months old and already understands the importance of regular grooming. Daily brushing and combing is necessary to prevent tangles, as is frequent bathing (as often as once a week).

At about 10 to 12 months of age, the Shih Tzu coat changes from puppy fluff to a silky adult coat. During this stage, you’ll probably think the coat mats faster than you can brush. Don’t give up! This is temporary, lasting for about three months. Once the adult coat comes in fully, brushing gets easier.

The Shih Tzu’s nails should be trimmed monthly, and his ears checked once a week for dirt, redness, or a bad odor that can indicate an infection. Wipe them out weekly with a cotton ball dampened with gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner to prevent problems.

The Shih Tuz’s face, like a toddler’s, also needs daily attention. He gets dirty after eating, and his eyes tear up readily, so it’s necessary to wipe his face regularly with a soft cloth dampened with warm water. Regular tooth brushing with a soft toothbrush and doggie toothpaste will keep his gums and teeth healthy.

Indy - black Shih Tzu

Indy – Shih Tzu


Dog Evolution


Here’s a cute info graphic about dogs evolved. I had no idea there were over 400 breeds of dogs! Klip Joint Dog Grooming is evolving, too. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements over the next few weeks.



A Tad Tangled Up


This week’s Klip Joint dog of the week is Jasper, a Japanese Spitz. It has been a couple of years since Jasper has been to see us. We had to shave him down because he was so matted. His fur came off like a carpet. This shows how important it is to regularly brush double coated dogs.

A dog like this should be brushed twice a week with a good pin brush to get down to the base of the coat. A spitz doesn’t have to be bathed very often because their fur repels dirt, much like non-stick cookware. But regular brushing is necessary to get out the dead hair and prevent matting. A wet washcloth can be used to wipe tear stains or dirt from the face, if needed. This type of dog will lose their coat at least once a year, so extra brushing may be needed during that time.

A spitz is a wonderful loving and loyal companion dog. Brushing time can be loving time and your spitz will LOVE the extra attention.

At Klip Joint Dog Grooming, we offer deshedding to help remove dead hair and prevent matting. Call us for more information at 806-358-4758.

Jasper - Japanese Spitz

Jasper, before shaving.















Jasper’s coat almost came off in one piece.
















Jasper – cleaned up and ready to start a new coat.



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