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The weather turned warm this week so I got inspired to start working on the two hairy yaks living with us and turn them back into Cairns. I've worked on Packy and Kirby for three days now and can't believe the amount of hair that has come off them. Started with the Furminator, moved on to the Mars Coat King, used the thinning shears on legs and belly, worked with a pumice stone to strip and used my fingers.

Both boys are tired of it so they're in luck that it's snowing today and we can't work outside. Good grief, 70* and sunny yesterday and snowing today! Anyway, we have a reprieve today but I'll be back at it tomorrow. I still need to pull more and I have barely touched their heads. I need to watch that video on grooming heads again.

So, while my boys won't be perfectly groomed, I think by the end if this week they will look fresh and their coats will be in decent shape, ready for spring.

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Jandy and my Cairns, Kirby & Phinney 
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Angus is the raggiest he's ever been in his short two and a half years of life.I sort of like it - or is that an excuse to continue just brushing and using the slicker and comb??? Well it is pretty cold up here still.

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I've been using the Coat King on Buffy practically every time I brush her lately.  The hair keeps coming out but she still looks like a yak.  I'm convinced that the hair regenerates at night.

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I used the 60 degree weather yesterday for the same purpose! Stripped Addie's back, but she won't let me touch anywhere else if I plan on stripping it. Was planning on pulling out the Mars Coat King (for the first time since she was a puppy and I stupidly cut my finger on it terribly) but then the snow started dumping on us again. Ugh (for me, Addie was thrilled no more grooming).

Their hair amazes me. I just stripped her for the first time recently and I swear it all plus more grew back practically the next day. Really have to work on her neck, legs and hips. Looks like I have a dog with yak legs.

"as far as i am concerned cairns are the original spirit from which all terriers spring, and all terriers are cairns very deep down inside." pkcrossley

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Before and after pictures?

"as far as i am concerned cairns are the original spirit from which all terriers spring, and all terriers are cairns very deep down inside." pkcrossley

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Idaho Cairns

I don't even want to think about it--both dogs have full winter coats--Bonnie looks like a mop scooting across the floor but the thought of getting them to hold still for grooming makes me unbearably anxious--they lean away from the brush, turn their heads from the shears, plop on their big old butts when you try to do the hind end.  WESTLEMANIA

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 the thought of getting them to hold still for grooming makes me unbearably anxious--they lean away from the brush, turn their heads from the shears, plop on their big old butts when you try to do the hind end.  WESTLEMANIA

 

I've been living on my own this past year now but only just the other week braved a butt grooming on my own. At 3am, thanks to a potty disaster. I now evaluate potential dates for the likelihood they'll be willing to hold down a Cairn for grooming purposes. 

 

Otherwise stripping and general brushing usual require a sneak attack when Addie is out on the porch soaking up the sun. I have to pin her to the railing and hope I can hold her still to get a basic job done. 

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"as far as i am concerned cairns are the original spirit from which all terriers spring, and all terriers are cairns very deep down inside." pkcrossley

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Oh, no...no before/after photos until they're finished.  They're about half done now and look goofy, kind of like they're molting! 

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<< I now evaluate potential dates for the likelihood they'll be willing to hold down a Cairn for grooming purposes. >>

 

Haha! That would be a great "personals" ad!

 

In search of: single person who enjoys evenings out, long walks on the beach, adventure movies, and who is willing to hold down a Cairn for grooming purposes. :D

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<< I now evaluate potential dates for the likelihood they'll be willing to hold down a Cairn for grooming purposes. >>

 

Haha! That would be a great "personals" ad!

 

In search of: single person who enjoys evenings out, long walks on the beach, adventure movies, and who is willing to hold down a Cairn for grooming purposes. :D

Hahaha!!! I  need the same ad! And also a Mars Coat King!

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Well Kelly looks like cousin it from the Adams family. haha  You can barely see her eyes, and her belly fur touches the floor. Prissy's fur really needs a stripping so it will grow back harsh hopefully. I really wish they wouldn't clipper cut rescue dogs, but I'm sure it is unavoidable. 

 

I am hoping to strip their coats while we are out for Spring Break. I hope it is beautiful outside that week. I also hope Prissy doesn't eat me up. I have know idea how she will take being stripped. I hate to tell both dogs, but it will happen no matter how much they protest.

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