What's the secret to a happy Scottie Dad? No smelly dogs and a freshly groomed puppy! And so, while I was enjoying a facial at a local spa (courtesy of Scottie Dad), the pups visited the Petsmart down the road for a spa treatment of sorts themselves so they could be fresh and clean upon Scottie Dad's return home. Something tells me they didn't love their experience as much as I loved mine, though!
Though I'm a fan of small and locally owned businesses, Petsmart has become my "go-to" place when I'm in between groomers (which, in actuality, seems to be all the time). As is the case with any groomer, my dogs hardly ever come out of there looking the same as they did after the previous appointment but the major disappointments have been minimal in the two years I've lived in Atlanta. Then again, this also could be because I have lowered expectations since I have yet to find someone who does the job right, time and again. Most of the time, they do a fair job and the price is reasonable - among the cheapest I've found in Atlanta so far.
Anyway, Mr. K came out of this latest grooming session with a little bit of a Westie face and his precious beard chopped short. While he looks a little odd (and yet, cute as ever!), I've come to terms with the fact that hair is just hair and it will eventually grow out in due time so to say I'm upset is certainly an overstatement. The one thing I cannot understand throughout my many Petsmart grooming trials is how all-over-the-place the ears always come out. One time, I swear Mr. K came out of the store with "dumbo ears" while Miss Heather's were perfectly shaven. Not sure how something like that happens but again, I don't really let it effect me because deep down inside, I realize that somewhere down the line, you're going to lose a certain level of quality and attention to details when you work with big retail stores like this.
The one thing I do need to hand over some serious props to Petsmart for, though, is the ability to get the pups clean and keep them smelling like that! I don't know what products they use or what they do differently, but nine times out of ten my dogs stay smelling fresher longer when they're groomed at Petsmart versus any of the smaller grooming facilities I've tried. (Of course, we haven't made the rounds to all the places here yet so give us some time to check the others out before I can officially make that claim!) All grooming judgement temporarily aside, however, I must ask my fellow Scottie Moms and Dads: is it worth learning how to groom a Scottie yourself? Or, would you say paying to get your Scottie professionally groomed is worth every penny?