Category Archives: Grooming

And the winner is …

Helene’s “Hector” AOM Am/Can Ch Altair’s Blenbogle

I did the draw for Pure.Dog.Blog Contest No. 1 last night at 12:01–just couldn’t wait any longer to see who won!

So from all those who’ve left comments, our winner is … Helene Belanger of SassyTails in Markham Ontario.

SassyTails stands for two things: Helene breeds and shows Chinese Crested as SassyTails Reg’d Chinese Crested and it’s also the name of Helene’s small dog-grooming salon for small- to medium-sized breeds that she runs from her home.

Helene’s already a subscriber to Canine Review magazine (good girl Helene!) so we’ll give her a free renewal when her current sub expires. She’s excited about winning and sent us this note about her dogs:

Our goal is to produce healthy, happy, beautiful and versatile puppies to be enjoyed as companions first, in the show ring and/or performance events.  Dogs from our bloodlines are Canadian, American and European champions. Our dogs are family members and have first dibs on the couches, chairs and beds.

And just for fun, here’s a historical look at a Crested from 1915.

Chinese Crested Dog from 1915

Chinese Crested Dog from 1915 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We had an excellent response to our contest, so much so that we’ll definitely run another. I enjoyed reading all your comments and now that we’ve got a good thing going, don’t stop!

Keep on clicking “Leave a Comment” which you’ll find to the left of every post.

Thanks to all who commented, including our blog reader in Columbia!

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Dyeing to try it?

There are two kinds of dog people: those who dress up their dogs and those who most definitely won’t. Now you can add a new dividing line–those who dye their dogs and those who wouldn’t be caught dead doing it.

poodle dyed and sculpted for grooming competition

Creative groomers have never been able to resist the morphing potential of a poodle coat. This obliging poodle became a peacock for a grooming competition.

Dyeing a dog’s coat has a long history as a specialty trick that some professional groomers pull out at grooming competitions, for that extra edge of novelty and surprise. But now it’s becoming a larger trend among everyday (or not-so-everyday?) dog owners. Anderson Cooper recently interviewed a couple of doting “dog moms” on his daytime talk show, whose tail-wagging little fur babies were tinged shades of dramatic purple and green.

Anderson admitted to being perplexed by the concept. “You lost me when you said ‘I wanted my beagle painted like a zebra before he got married,'” he told one dyed doggie’s owner.

“But do the dogs like it?” he asked. The women claimed their dogs love the attention provoked by their multi-hued coats and feed off the enthusiastic energy that their unusual colors attract. An audience member wasn’t so sure. “I think it’s more about attracting attention to the owners,” she sniffed. “It’s not about how the dogs feel.”

Is that a killjoy comment? Or do our dogs deserve to look like dogs, not fashion accessories? Is it all just good fun or cause to contact PETA about canine humiliation? Continue reading


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