My mother did it to me….

Your mother did it to you, and now I’ve done it to poor little Violet.

I’m talking about the Dorky Haircut.

I think most most of us had to suffer through at least one of these or, if you were really unfortunate, years’ worth.  And if money was tight (as at our house), the original Dorky Haircut was compounded by Mom’s trimming of your bangs and let’s face it — severely angled cuts were only popular for about 10 minutes in the late ’80s (by which time I was pushing 30 and buying my own [occasionally dorky] haircuts, thank you).

Anyway, on to poor Violet. Violet is a mixed breed, combining a long haired dog (Havanese) with some kind of short-haired terrier. Her normal coat looks like this:

A pretty little girl, yes?

A pretty little girl, yes?

Unfortunately, Violet’s coat is prone to matting and I’ll admit I don’t give her regular brushings. It’s much easier just to have her trimmed every spring.

Now I’ll admit, her normal spring trimming is dorky enough — shaved down to about 1/2″ with longer hair on her head, ears, tail, and moustache. Here’s a couple of samples:


Short but cute-enough and certainly easy, like pixie cuts for very little girls.

So here’s what happened — the local grooming shop is pricey, not terribly clean, and sells puppy-mill puppies, so this time I decided to have the groomer at my vet’s office do Violet’s cut.* I’d been told the groomer was a bit, um, utilitarian, but it was less expensive and I have seen other dogs that have visited her. The real problem is that, unlike a grooming business, I didn’t get to talk to the groomer, and the preferences I left with the vet receptionist did not get passed on. And now this is what poor  little Violet looks like:

I look dorky AND I'm cold!

I look dorky AND I'm cold!

Shaved to a scant 1/4″, no longer hair on ears or head, no moustaches, and from the back, she looks like she’s had a Brazilian wax! (I’m not going to post an posterior shot of Violet because even little gray dogs deserve a bit of respect).

There it is. I saved $10 on Violet’s trim and avoided supporting puppy mills and our reward is the fact that Violet looks like the demon spawn of an Italian greyhound and a deranged goat.  With an expensive wax job. When we got home, Ricky followed Violet around, just staring at her, for about an hour.

And did I mention she’s always cold? Because right now in NW Iowa, we also got us a blizzard!

*Thus making Violet suffer doggie dorkiness for my principles…..


6 responses »

  1. (Popping over from the Knittyboard)

    If it makes you feel better, I can’t find a groomer who will do my poodle totally short like that. Somehow ‘short all over’ turns out ‘kinda short on the body with fluffy ears, head and a stupid pom pom tail).

    For what it’s worth, I think she’s cute all three ways!

  2. Honestly, you need to take that $10 you saved and go out into that blizzard–buy the poor girl the doggie equivalent of a Snuggy and some extra special I’m-so-sorry doggie treats.

  3. Hi Inez, I love reading your blogs! I don’t know if I was at work that day or not because I pretty sure I have early alzhiemers =O) , but be assured, we have worked with “the groomer” enough to know what she does, and we write any directions in the groomer book and then again on slips we hang on the cages of the dogs she’s going to groom, we have written in black and highlighted the instructions, we have written twice on the same sheet in red and high-lighted in bright yellow… we go over the times people want the dogs and all the grooming instructions right when she shows up….. you know, we feel we do everything short of buying flashing neon instructioin signs to hang by each dog!! it is very frustrating to us because she is usually gone when people come and get their dogs and the people show their frustration to us. We always tell people to call her at home and complain, because unless they do, she won”t change. About 3 weeks ago, we had a guy that had been growing his dog out to get it’s springer-cut, now mind you the groomer RAISES and shows springers and actually does them very well. I wrote it down AND told her what he wanted (like usual,) what does she do, she shaves it… this guy wasn’t pleased at all and called her at home, she told him she wasn’t instructed what he wanted!!!!! That really ticks me off and I dug in the garbage until I found my instruction slip and showed her and Doc. She always just says ‘oh well” It’s bad enough since she uses our building, people associate us and I think it coud hurt the business. Just know, it’s not us office girls not doing our job, even though that is what she will tell anyone if they call her and also we feel just as bad for the owners paying to get their dogs “groomed” and end up with a sheared dog!! I used to groom dogs, but have no time now to do any but my own, or I would do Violet. Your so good at knitting…..knit her a coat for now and luckily her hair will grow out. She looks just humiliated. Are you sure Zeke isn’t taunting and teasing her behind your back?? =O) Give her a hug from Lori and tell her I’M sorry she was a casuality of the number 10 blade. Are you going to the “Strut your Mutt” this year?? We are grilling hotdogs!

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