She gave us the name of another local groomer on our last visit.
A few weeks later I telephoned the other groomer and had a nice, long chat with her. She is every bit as passionate in her love for dogs as we are. And she works part time at a local vet's office too. That was a big plus. So I had no problem taking them to her to be groomed.
And she did a good job. We were pleased enough with her work. Although I planned to return to her, luckily I didn't make a follow-up appointment when we left.
The very next day I got a call from our old groomer. She had decided to re-open her grooming business but with a twist. She now had a fully self-contained, mobile unit. She would come to our house!
She asked if we would be interested and willing to come back to her. My first questions were
ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME??? You'll actually come to our house?
Followed-up by, Do you know just how far it is to our house?
And then - How much is this gonna cost? Actually that was mainly a question in my head to myself because of the distance she would be traveling, although I did ask her about the rates.
Her answers were: Yes, she would come to our house; yes, she knew how far it was to our house; and her rates were more than reasonable. YEA!!!! I was doing a Happy Dance, big time!
So, this past Saturday the doggie spa pulled into our driveway. We were all so excited!
And not just AD, Elliott, Smoke, Dani and me either.
Daughter's 3 fur kids were here too. They had also been customers. In fact, it was Daughter who told me about Jeannie when we first got Elliott.
This is Kasey after her turn. Being a Boston, she doesn't need haircuts. She gets a bath and her nails done. Saturday was a shy day and Kasey didn't much want her picture taken.
This is Earnhardt (Little E or just "E" for short). Isn't he handsome?
And this is Holley. She and Dani got bows in their ears instead of bandannas. (Poor Kasey doesn't have enough hair to attach bows to but then she can be a pretty wild girl and bows probably would last all on 5 seconds in her ears anyway.)
I wasn't sure how long Dani's bows would stay in either but today is Monday. I just checked and they're still in her ears.
Smoke was just worn out from his grooming. He immediately came in the house, jumped up on the couch and laid there for quite some time.
Although we were told that all 3 of our kids took naps while they were in the trailer. The gentle vibration from the generator lulled them right to sleep. Sounds like the generator provided a little massage therapy.
Which made it very nice for Elliott. Although he has always been good at the groomer's, he's never wanted to actually GO to the groomer's. He always kind of sensed it on grooming days and was very stubborn about getting in the car and then going in the shop. While the other kids jumped right in or out of the car, Elliott had to be carried.
Now that our original groomer is coming to us, I think he likes it MUCH better!
Oh, and I couldn't get him to look at the camera. After everyone was done, AD gave them all a treat and Elliott had much better things to do than pose for me.
The kids looked so nice and smelled so good! We're just ecstatic with this turn of events.
PS. I have passed the name of the substitute groomer on to my other friends who have dogs. Hopefully she won't miss us at all after only one visit. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to her if things were to change again. But it was just a no-brainer for us to return to our original groomer. We have a lot of history there.