Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Before and After



The dog on the left is our dog, Esme. The dog on the right is what came back from the hairdressers.

It was the first furcut and a couple of years ago now but one that has left a resounding mark on us all. I kicked myself for my “Oh, just a trim, whatever you would normally do” naiveté and any subsequent stealth dog-walking that occurred, happened under the cover of darkness. These days, I am aware that a heavily-furnished-in-purple, doggy hairdressers, indicates the indiscriminate use of purple ear bows and eyelash curling.

We have since invested in our own set of dog clippers. They arrived with an instructional dvd demonstrating pompom styles for poodles. Given we tend to stick with the more unkempt look, (it just seems to fit better in this family), it’s easy to let things go too far. The centre fur-parting down Esme’s back is the sure-fire maintenance indicator. The problem is, she’s predominantly an outside dog and things are getting chilly. The solution? Knit.



Above is one of the current works in progress. Disturbingly like a ribbed human leg warmer, apparently once I get the front leg/sleeve bits knitted, it’s going to look remarkably like a dog jumper. Nonetheless, I have a foreboding sense that this is not one of the more successful ventures...

16 comments:

Cindy said...

So funny on so many levels - the hair bows alone! I can't wait to see how the knitting goes and how she likes it.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Purple earbows ....... It all made her look rather like Zsa-Zsa Gabor ....amazing ! She's obviously a warm wooly jumper girl at heart .

floortje said...

Did you recognize her when you picked her up from the hairdresser? she looks so different!!

Tania said...

Did i recognise her? I had to look at her collar tags to be vaguely convinced. Had DNA testing been offered, I would have gone for it.

Anonymous said...

my suggestion: maybe Mr. Myrtle&Eunice can make some nice pompons this time again, to have the poodle-look on the jumper instead on poor Essie. eb

the little travelers said...

that is the funniest thing ever! the poor dog looks so humiliated! hahaha!

Gina said...

Esme my dear girl... your fur will grow again!

Look at her sad eyes she deserves an extra treat for sure!

Anonymous said...

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Poor E. But haven't we all had those bad haircuts? Nothing that wearing a beanie for 6 weeks won't fix. Just in this case it needs to be an all-over beanie. I'm sure it is gonna look fab.

Sherrin said...

I think that even having never met your dog, I best like the 'old' Esme! Omilord what a change!!! Keep knitting! I think I whole knitted body suit is in order!

REread said...

poor doggy ... looks like a double ended dunny brush!!

Jo James said...

Poor little naked pup.
The sweater is surely more dignified than all that!

Shalet said...

When my little dog came home from the groomers he looked so different his best friend (our cat) freaked out and wouldn't go near him for two days.

I've always meant to knit him a sweater but have yet to start the project. Both your sweaters (human and dog) look great.

thea said...

So very cute either way!!! Lucky you're making a jumper for the winter chills..>!

thea.
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Jude said...

I love this photo. So do the kids. Ella says she likes the one on the left cos she is smiling. Thomas likes the 1 on the right cos she has pretty bows in her hair. They do not believe it is the same dog!

potty mouth mama said...

Before I read the post, I was thinking, wow, you put bows on your dog. Once I read it: totally rolling on the floor laughing. Sheesh. Some people are bonkers. I like your WIP!

melissa said...

I used to have a maltese and he looked similar after his first haircut - clipped to within and inch of his life with a fluffy head and ears. The lady told me she thought he looked cute. For $35 I almost cried.