Nena

Today, as the title suggests/states is a fine winter’s day. The sky is blue and the temperature is cool, but not too cold. A perfect day in fact to get outside and do some work. The task to be undertaken wasn’t one I thought of, but I had to step up and be involved.

My son Jake suggested to me that we finish off groom Nena, our standard schnauzer. The schnauzer is a breed that needs to be either clipped or stripped regularly to keep looking good. If you let too much time arrive, you end up with a creature that looks like a total hairy mess. We did a pretty good job on clipping Nena recently, but didn’t quite finish off removing excess hair from her legs and feet. Today was to be the day to finish that job off.

I got out the necessary tools, and put them near the grooming table, then we let Nena outside. She came outside, sensed what we were up to and she retreated from us, twenty metres away in fact. She didn’t come when called, which is most unlike her. We have four dogs, Nena is the only schnauzer, the others are all pharaoh hounds. Usually Nena is good about coming when we call her, and it’s the pharaoh hounds who aren’t so obedient. 

She doesn’t like being groomed though. She really, really doesn’t like being groomed. Nena isn’t a completely naughty dog though, not at all, so Jake was able to get her and put her on the grooming table, and keep her more or less on the table. It was bit of a struggle, with Jake holding on gently, but strongly as Nena struggled to get back to the ground. In the meantime I clipped and snipped as best I could, taking care not to damage Jake or Nena. 

As i turned out, the job got done, and while there was some blood, it was only mine, and only a little. I accidently clipped my left hand slightly and made it bleed. Looking at Nena now, she’s looking good and she seems to have forgiven us for the grooming outrage. Life around the place is good, the weather is still fine, and I’m grateful to live with this lovely dog. Nena is twelve and a half years old. She’s been a show dog and a mother, but her finest role is the current one, that of being a lovely and obedient family friend. 

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