Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Little (Too Much) Off the Top

Oscar was in dire need of a haircut, so we took him to the groomer's today. Conscious of what happened the last time, when he came home looking like a doggy lollipop (fluffy head, skinny little body),we told the groomer that we wanted his head cut the same length as the hair on the rest of his body.

We don't usually give Oscar the schnauzer cut. While we like his muzzle to be left a little bit long, we don't leave him with the beard. It just gets too dirty, especially when he eats bully sticks - they turn his fur a bit brownish, and the colour doesn't come off in the bath. What we like is to have him a little bit long, with the schnauzer muzzle, but not with the traditional schnauzer cut. This, apparently, is very difficult to convey to groomers. We usually end up with a funny looking dog, like the last time, or a dog that's cut too short, which I don't like.  All I want is a dog that looks like our shaggy little Oscar, just less shaggy!

Today, we (well, actually, my husband) chose a shorter length than the last time. Against my better instincts, I let him have the final say, even though I think the usual length we have gotten the last couple of times is too short for my tastes. The rationale for the even shorter cut this time was that it would be better for him in the summertime, both in terms of keeping him cool and keeping him clean. Well, it's short, all right.

We left home with this shaggy little guy...

...and came home with this dog.  Who is this?

While I'm glad we can now see his face, he looks more like a greyhound to me than a miniature schnauzer! I'm not impressed with it, and I don't think my husband likes it either. Way too short, and I probably wouldn't be able to guess his breed if I didn't know it! The upside is, my husband has now promised me that I can make any future decisions regarding grooming on my own. I'm holding him to that!


The Teacher's Pets said...

Oh Lordy, you look like a rat terrier rather than a greyhound to me but we still think you are one handsome fella. Just think...your hair will grow back!
P.S. Don't furget to enter your CAP-TION at my SILLY SATURDAY PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST today or by tomorrow at noon b/c there are cute gerbils wearing hats over there!

Wyatt said...

Poor Stanzie used to get the funniest aire-dos. Once she returned with a big 60's beehive. Once she returned with Elvis sideburns.
Oscar you look good!!


Amber-Mae said...

Now that's short! Oscar kinda looks like a mixed breed after that extreme hair cut. BOL! But don't worry, the hair will grow back in a month or two. I'm sure Oscar doesn't mind it. He probably feels a lot better with all that hair out of the way.

Rubie said...

There's definitely no schnauzer left in that haircut!! Ewwwwww!!!

Let's hope his hair will grow back super quick! I also suggest talking seriously to the groomer and have them show you different hair lengths with the clippers - ranging from longer to shorter. You can then pick your favourite length and you will know which number it is. You can then confidently say "I want a number "so and so" for the body, and make it a "so and so" for the head etc. It will save lots of angst.

Alternatively - you could do as we the clippers and self-train!!

Good luck, Rubie's mum.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Oscar appears to have gone on a diet! LOL, most of us would think that was a good thing.

Hope you find time to enter the Organix Dog Food Giveaway at

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