|Silly Tater dog hamming it up for the camera, photo by Andy Hurly|
This afternoon I decided to try and do a bit more grooming on Tate. It was not an easy task given my painful sternum and the fact that it is very difficult to groom a dirty coat, especially a Rough Collie that has been neutered.. In my experience as a professional dog groomer, clean coat is way easier to groom.
As you know I skipped Tate's last bath thinking I would wait until Christmas to do it. He is old now & it is hard for him to stand in the tub. I had my car accident on Nov 20 and any plans of bathing him went out the window after that.
His undercoat was so thick it was horrible, the poor dog. I feel so awful for him. It is packed & thick & very hard to get out now. Also Tate is so stubborn, worse then ever before. He does not want to stand still at all, he refuses to lay down if he is not on a grooming table & I can't get him on to a grooming table by myself. So I just thought I'd work a bit on him in the livingroom, well 1.5 hrs later I was almost in tears! I made a dent in the brushing but I have so much more to do! His left side, right at his stomach, was so thick I just cut it all out with scissors, it looks horrible but I couldn't pull out undercoat in that spot without hurting him. Old dogs are much more sensitive to being brushed. His skin is also in horrible shape! Very dry, most likely due to the fact that it can't breathe with all that undercoat on it.
I will definitely have to come up with a plan and soon. This has got to be taken care of.
The other problem is that I may have some complications with my sternum. I saw my Dr on Thursday and he sent me for an xray, long story but I won't get it until Tues now. He is wondering if my sternum has not healed properly, that the bones have shifted instead of healing straight, super.
Anyway, fingers crossed I will be able to get more coat out of Tate, I will have to wait a couple of days now, he was tired after today, poor guy.