In Defense of the Indefensible

This is Geordie, the original Bitey Dog. Geordie was my first pup, and I learned a lot about dog grooming from him. When I got Geordie, I was unfamiliar with Cairn haircuts, so I let him grow long and shaggy. This meant that I had to brush him pretty much every day. Later family got me a pair of clippers and insisted, “Trim that dog already!”. During his whole life I brushed Geordie and stripped his fur, trimmed his nails and brushed his teeth. I even trimmed the matted fur that developed between his pads when he walked in snow.

Not being able to take care of Toby makes me feel like a failure. Looking back on these photos, though, makes me think that I am not necessarily terrible at grooming – just understanding doggie mental health.

Hope you are having yet another perfect day in Heaven my beautiful boy.

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ASL Alien Hand Pillow with Galaxies

Tell your special someone you love them without saying a word. This novelty American Sign Language Alien Hand Pillow shows the ASL sign for “I Love You”. This would make a unique Christmas present for someone you care about.

ASL Alien Hand Pillow is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

23 Comments

  1. YOU QRE NOT A FAILUTR

    IF YOU ARE SO M I

    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO CLIP MY DOGS CLAWS, I CANNOT CLIP NERYS’S. I FEEL AWFUL TOO ABOUT IT. SHE IS 100 LB OF STRENGTH AND I NEED SOMEONE TO HOLD HER TIGHT.. JAY CANT/WONT.. IS AFRAID OF HURTING HER, I JUST CANT GO THE 15 ROUNDS WITH HER … IT GET ME NOWHERE EXCEPT HURT MY SPIN. YES.. I FEEL I HAVE FAILED TOO

  2. I never realized how spoiled I was with Hershey and Winkie, both of whom just stood there and never objected to any grooming or veterinary necessity. Toffee is a pill, not as resistant as Toby, but even the groomer can’t always accomplish everything. It isn’t you, you’re the same person you were with Geordie. There is a key, a trick, a strategy that will work with Toby. And you will find it.

  3. Aw, Geordie is a cutie! And you groom-ed him so well! I love that name…how did you chose it for him? Coop gets all shaggy like that very quickly. He just got groom-ed (I like to say groom-ed) last week. Now he looks darn good! 😉 😀
    Don’t be hard on yourself! You are a great Mom to Toby! ❤
    (((HUGS))), PATS and RUBS! 🙂

  4. Maybe some day you and Toby will look back on this time and laugh. I wouldn’t worry too much. My parents always said my brother was much better behaved than me and look how I turned out. Wait…never mind, I’m sure there’s a better analogy than that one.

  5. I’ve often said that no creature living can make me feel like a failure quite as well as Maverick. I spent the first year of his life in tears every day. You are not a failure, you just haven’t figured out Toby’s problems yet. You can do it.

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