Friends, and terriers especially, I have a rather personal question to ask today about grooming in one's 'senior' years.
I think you already know that I am a 'home-styled' dog. One might have hoped, given how my owner Gail started hand-stripping and clipping me when I was a pup, that after nearly a decade she would have developed the skills to give me a more professionally groomed look.
No such luck there, but that's not what I want to talk about today.
You see, the fact is, as I get older, I have become more attached to my furs. Or rather, they have become more attached to me, thus the hand-stripping process is now uncomfortable. The furs also grow in greater profusion.
Now my predecessor Hamish the Westie always had a paid-for hair cut, and so Gail is really not experienced in these matters. However, she said this to me the other day, when I was attempting to bite the stripping knife, or even better Gail's hand: "But Bertie, I thought that in older males, the hair normally thinned and fell out more easily".
Not for the first time, Gail was confusing me with her own species.
So my question really is, am I normal? Are there other pups out there whose furs have become thicker, more abundant, and more 'attached' with age?
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