About Me

I have adopted 4 children from a specific orphanage in Eastern Europe and I want to see more children redeemed from that orphanage and brought into families. I want to make sure that the children who are still left behind in that place are never forgotten.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Poodle (I don't own one really lol)

We have two Old English Sheepdogs. Taffy joined us first and is 2 1/2 years old. Candy joined us Christmas before last and is almost 2 years old. Now if you can't imagine in your mind what an Old English Sheepdog really is, then think of the Shaggy Dog movies or the Dog on the Peter Pan movie. We have TWO of those!

Candy is so sweet and good natured about most grooming sessions. She will let 3 or 4 kids brush her out and sit patiently if she gets a knot that needs removed. She is incredibly smart. She can unlock gates so keyed padlocks are necessary. She is more of a "girly" dog than Taffy. lol

Taffy is more of a doer than a thinker. She loves to play defense in the backyard football games. She has been known to take Andrew by the hand if he is told to run back and forth when we are outside and he gets into mischief. She is NOT a dog that likes to be brushed.

So today I decided that grooming was a must. The vet's office bathed her while she was boarded but said they couldn't shave her down. Needless to say, bathing her made the mats a lot worse. Out came the dog clippers and the scissors. Denzell helped me out with holding her and occupying her. The other kids were all inside. She got about half done when the rain got to what seemed a little too close and the asthma got me a little too badly. I will have to finish her tomorrow, hopefully. She doesn't love to cooperate. I'm hoping that she has some sense of pride and realizes that she looks like a badly groomed poodle. As for me, several puffs of albuterol later and my asthma has still not recovered from these weather fronts.

I guess I'll file this under stuff the only happens here. I doubt anyone else has two Old English Sheepdogs, one of which looks like a poodle currently. :)


  1. I'm sure she feels better with the mats removed. Maybe she will come back tomorrow begging for more. Your last paragraph made me laugh!

  2. You've seen them, so I know you can relate. I really will smack the next person who washes my dogs and doesn't remove the mats first. You know my hopes for their "grooming" there! Common sense says that washing something that is a little tangled or matted makes it much worse!