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Old 12-26-2016, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sad grooming day at Robison House.. bald babies

I had to trim Emily down to nearly bald,she still has her fur around face and ears..she looks like a Chinese Crested right now.

I've been sick,plus so many doctor's appointments,sometimes 3 per week involving 2 and sometimes 4 hour drives each way that I just couldn't keep up.. I began having eyesight issues in July,eventually they found melanoma ,with biopsy and radiation it was treated,but the inflamation from Sarcoidosis is still causing sight issues and pain in my eyes..
Since then they've found granulomas ,Sarcoids in my lungs and in most of my organs and in my brain ,adding neurosarcoidosis to my list...so my prognosis isn't good..

So shaving them down is my only option as my health deteriorates.. I have a few good days here and there so I do what I can.


Al hates to brush them out so he kinda just gives them a brushover and doesn't get deep to the roots which caused them to matt even worse..

Bitsy was the first one,I shaved down last year and Emily was today,both absolutely hate being groomed, Bitsy because she''s deaf and blind and it scared her... Emily is cottony so she matts just looking at her..lol, not sure if I will have to do Sasha that far down , then Amber maybe too..

I feel sad to shave them all down since that beautiful long fur was what attracted us to the breed..They're so much more than just pretty hair though,so I have to think of their health and comfort..

Bitsy is incontinent so shaving her short is best for her..

All my babies are 13-15,so they're getting older and it's harder for them to sit still for grooming..

I just want to do whats best for all..
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Old 12-26-2016, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are an angel. You need to do what is best for them. It is so difficult when battling as much as you have been and kids are getting older. Short hair is better for them at their age; it certainly does not hurt them.
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Michelle I am so sorry you are having issues. Melanoma is evil. Shaved baby cuddles are just as good as longer hair cuddles.
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Michelle, I am so sorry you continue to go through so much. I do think about you every day ... and, I especially say a little prayer that your eyes will heal so that you can continue your beautiful art work.

Sometimes I feel sad that so much emphasis seems to be placed on beauty ... for us, and for our fluff babies. For our fluffs ... I have always told Snowball that I would still love him even if he was bald. And, I know you feel the same way about your babies.

Emily and Bitsy will love having less hair right now. What matters to them is just feeling comfortable and being loved by you and Al.

You are being the best mommy to all of your fluff babies. I admire you for all you do ... and, especially as you continue to endure so much with your own health issues.

Hugs and love for you, Michelle.
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Hair is greatly over-rated Michelle. It is the love & attention that you & Al offer that keeps them warm. Our love & prayers go out to you, today & always. Take care of your dear family & remember how much we care for you in our limited way. Big hugs.
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Michelle, don't worry about hat - just love your babies! I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all better for you. Love to you, my friend!
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Michelle, think of how soft they feel with short hair, I love how cuddly they feel when their hair is shorter. And they don't have to be brushed, one less thing to do. I bet that like people it makes them feel good to have a haircut.
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I'm sure they are much happier not having to be brushed. You take such great care of them. You're in my prayers Michelle.
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They sure want to cuddle now..I trimmed Sasha down a bit more but not bald,but poor Emily was just a mass of matts and I got most of them out before but she matts so badly..
She cried when I worked on them so I just shaved her down and will keep her short once it grows back a bit..

She looks so tiny now,,she looks the same size as Sassy the Chihuahua now..
She still has her longer hair on her head for bows though.
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When Oliver got older I shaved him down too. He didn't like being groomed as a senior pup. Normally after that he could go for about 6/8 months. He was sick and his grew super sloooow.

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