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Old 01-05-2013, 09:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:42 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Don't stress out. It is only hair and it will grow back. Your sweet ones will look great no matter if they have long or short hair. I don't know if you have ever tried a detangler and used a dematting tool. Luck only mats on his back side and on his stomach, but I run the dematter through his hair before brushing. You need to be gentle and use a sawing action, but it does save stress and allows me to keep his hair a bit longer.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Don't stress out. It is only hair and it will grow back. Your sweet ones will look great no matter if they have long or short hair. I don't know if you have ever tried a detangler and used a dematting tool. Luck only mats on his back side and on his stomach, but I run the dematter through his hair before brushing. You need to be gentle and use a sawing action, but it does save stress and allows me to keep his hair a bit longer.
Oh yes, it is very helpful. This time he was just too messed up for the dematter to help. Ray's hair is so thick and it tangles from the skin out. He looks perfectly lovely, but is a mess down deep.

For those who don't know, Ray is an honorary Maltese, but he is, in fact, a coton de Tulear. They are magnificent, but that soft cotton hair is much harder to maintain than a Malt. I'm working on him right now. I think it will be okay...in about a day or so.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Just popping by to say you are doing a great job!
No one is perfect & we should not feel we have to be. . . things happen. . . I really don't think a pup cares about hair---just that YOU are happy so make Ru happy by being happy yourself! We are going to love the new cut!
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:49 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I bet Ray is going to be beyond precious. We'll be waiting for pics. Bella's coat is very cottony and I've been letting her puppy cut grow out. The problem is that I'm so allergic and so the grooming does not happen the way that it should. So, DH is going to be getting a lesson in using the clippers and she'll have to stay in a shorter coat. It's not fair to her to have to have the mats and there's not much I can do about the allergies . The shorter coat is just smarter for our household...and it'll give me an excuse to shop for more clothes for her! Good luck with Ray....bet he'll be VERY happy!
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Ray is going to love it! And you know what? I bet you will to Sylvia!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Sylvia, keeping 3 Malts looking good is hard work for me..I keep Rose and Lily short, and Miss Eva is due for a cut with the new clippers I got for Christmas. I keep her in a long puppy cut...that being said, with your 3, you have a lot more hair to deal with then I do...hair grows..I like the sweater idea...it will be fine...
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Just do it. I know that when our cat was mangled we did it. It was best for him and now he is gorgeous. They say that tangles can hurt your dog or cat so it is best for you just to get the snipper out and do it.
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Hopefully you'll love his short coat and if not you can grow it out again. Sometimes the tangles just get too much and you need to start from scratch.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:24 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you. If misery loves company, than we are in it together . I had to just shave Bella all the way down and it is heartbreaking! I have been sick for 2 weeks and DH has not held up to his end of the grooming bargain! Ugggh. Bella is snuggled in a shirt right now and the poor sweet girl will likely need one until spring . Hope Ray is hanging in there!
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