View Full Version : Help! They shaved my Monty!

3rd April 2007, 12:43 PM
Hi all! I'm new here- I have a 3yo cav, Monty, who is the light of my life! I was so excited to find a cav discussion site!!

Anyway, I took my cav and my aussie to get groomed a few days ago- to an upscale place nonetheless.. and asked for my aussie to be shaved for the summer (which he loves!) and a trim for my cav. But they shaved both of them!!!! I was SHOCKED! I just wanted his feathers trimmed! He doesn't seem to mind the draft- but they shaved his whole body. I just feel so bad. I loved his silky ears, tail and mane. And I think he was proud of them as well. Will it grow back the same??

3rd April 2007, 12:53 PM
First of all, can I say welcome to the group :flwr: Secondly, I can relate to your distress as this happened to Maxx when he was about a year old. I had just come out of hospital and so sent him to a grooming parlour for a bath as I couldn't manage it. Not only did they bath him but they completely shaved him - he looked like he'd turned into a beagle :yikes

Needless to say, I was extremely upset and so was he - he spent the next 2 weeks sulking and refusing to go for walks. All he wanted to do was lie on his cushion, facing the wall & refusing to come to any of us :roll:

Anyway, his ears and his coat all grew back and in fact I trimmed his ears only last week as they were so long that he was almost tripping over them! It will take a while but rest assured, his coat will come back, just keep him warm in the meantime :flwr:

Barbara Nixon
3rd April 2007, 01:41 PM
The same happened to a lady near us. She left Percy at the regular groomers for his usual bath and trim, but either the person dealing with him was new or didn't know him, so shved him. The only way I recognised him afterwards was by his typical walk and the fact that his owner's mum was with him. His coat grew back, too.

3rd April 2007, 02:09 PM
Oh phew! Thank you both so much :) glad to hear it will work out for my little man! icon_whistling
Thanks for the welcome and the reassuring thoughts!

3rd April 2007, 04:38 PM
We actually choose to have Duncan clipped our first summer with him. He just seemed SO hot down here on the beach. We left his feathers a little and only trimmed the length on his ears. He is clipped in my avatar...the only thing I hated was the tail. He didn't seem to mind and seemed more comfy. We are going to try and keep him long this summer as his coat looks so nice, but at 90-100 degrees here in the summer I know it is hot for him.

Your monty will be fine very soon.

3rd April 2007, 05:32 PM

3rd April 2007, 10:18 PM
Oh!!! I would have severely injured the person who did that. :x :x

Ready for a bad joke?? Now that's he's shaved, you've got "The Full Monty" :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry, too much caffine.. icon_whistling

3rd April 2007, 10:18 PM
:lol: :lol: :badgrin: :lol: :lol:

3rd April 2007, 11:03 PM
:badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin: Oh, moniechris, that's terrible! But Monty will be himself in no time. -natalie

3rd April 2007, 11:44 PM
:badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin: Monica you are very bad :badgrin: :badgrin: :badgrin:

4th April 2007, 05:50 AM
I've had my girls shaved for the summer in FL, too. Makes for fewer tumbleweeds in the house! However, since Wallis has been sick I've been kind of adamant about keeping her coat. She looks best that way.

Monica - I hate to say it but I was having somewhat similar thoughts reading the title of this thread!

4th April 2007, 06:08 AM
Well I'm glad for you that others report it will grow back with no damage. I cant imagine the shock of not knowing this was going to happen and then seeing him. The person I guarantee would have a "breakdown" by the time I chastised them, chewed them up and spit them out. Wow I am "emo" today!

4th April 2007, 12:30 PM
Wow I am "emo" today!

Dressed in black with black nail polish and make up, I hope? No point in a job half done now is there? :badgrin:

I must admit that I do shave my boys coats but I leave their ears and there is no doubting that they are Cavaliers as you can see from their photo on my avatar!

4th April 2007, 02:41 PM
Wow I am "emo" today!

Dressed in black with black nail polish and make up, I hope? No point in a job half done now is there? :badgrin:

I must admit that I do shave my boys coats but I leave their ears and there is no doubting that they are Cavaliers as you can see from their photo on my avatar!
Your boys dont look shaved - I think of shaved as done to the skin! I know depending on your living conditions it can make it easier - I think it would be just the shock of not knowing it was going to happen.

Oh I had a daughter go thro the all black stage a few yrs ago for a few mths *shivers*

Super Princess
4th April 2007, 03:44 PM
giggles oh man...that happend to my aunt.w.ith her golden retriever..took her to the groomers..and the dog came home completly shaved except her head..lol.

we acutally (ok not me..i thought he looked ...um FUNNY) got oliver shaved last summer...i told him he looked like a dork..lol.
but belive me it grows back!!

Daisy's Mom
4th April 2007, 05:14 PM
I have been toying with the idea of having Daisy groomed (bathed and brushed) and just the bottom of her feet trimmed out (not the slippers), but I have been so afraid that someone would get carried away on her and she would end up with rabbit feet and no feathers. I seriously would not be able to control myself if someone did that to Daisy! Did you tell them off? I'm mild-mannered, but I know I would be so specific in my instructions that if they goofed it up, I would lose control!

There's an upscale place near me that says they have won all sorts of grooming awards for many breeds, and that they groom other Cavaliers, but I'm still so scared to try it. I LOVE Cavvies' coats, and I just would never trim them. I would like to see Daisy all groomed up, and get her nails trimmed, but it just scares me. I remember when we had our poodles, FeFe's last trim before she died was just a complete shave job. I was so sad when we picked her up that I cried. She was such a beautiful dog all her life, and she had the absolute best coat, and then on her last trim on this earth, the idiot botched it so badly.

Maybe I'll muster up my courage and give the place a try soon. I am not good at trimming her nails or the hair between her pads, so I feel like it might be worth it just for that, and just to see how they'd fluff her up and get her smelling good.

4th April 2007, 05:35 PM
same thing happened to my jadan a couple of weeks ago :(
and it had just turned rather nippy too. everything but his tail!!!! he looked like a little lamb and hes only 1. its growing back nice and thick and soft though :D :D :D

4th April 2007, 06:03 PM
That is too funny! He is the full monty! stripped and everything! haha!
I think I'm just going to buy grooming equipment- it will pay for itself in the long run.

the problem now is, they shaved INSIDE HIS EARS! and he's been scratching the little fuzzy hairs so badly, there are bloody scratches in his ears!!! It breaks my heart! I think i'm going to ask for my money back.

I didn't complain at first, because i cracked up- he just looks so funny!! I need to get a recent pic up. The good thing in all of this is, it brought attention to a little wieght problem- with his fuzzy mane we couldn't tell he was getting a tummy!

5th April 2007, 09:54 PM
Hey, Daisy's Mom - go visit the groom shop you are thinking about using. Take Daisy with you even. If they are award winning, etc., then they should have photos they can show you of their work. And you should be able to discuss exactly what you want done with Daisy, let them get it on paper, etc. Give you and the dog both a chance to meet the groomer before you are commited to having anything done. You might want to give them a call about coming in for a "meet and greet".

Do you not cut her toenails at all? If not, this worries me because they can actually curve down and grow back into the pads on her feet. Then you'll really have some shaved feet (and sore feet) after the vet gets it fixed. It's very painful.

Good luck!

6th April 2007, 02:04 AM
I will never never ever take either of my babies to be groomed.
I will do it myself rather than put trust into somebody else and end result being shaved.

I think I would of killed them. :yikes :yikes :yikes

I sure as h$ll would of been really really pi%%ed off, and would of had them fired. icon_devil

6th April 2007, 04:00 AM
I have to have the shihtzu groomed - because I know I won't take care of that long flowing coat that some of them have! I was fortunate to find a groomer who absolutely loves my dogs (and they love her) and I always feel comfortable taking them to her. Even though Wallis has the shaved spots on her where they did the EKG and ultrasound my groomer worked around that and made her look pretty.

Just like all relationships in our lives, we just have to find the right person! 8)

Daisy's Mom
6th April 2007, 03:28 PM
Crittercall -- I do trim her nails, but I'm just not comfortable doing it. I end up doing about 2 at a time, and only taking off a tiny amount because I am so afraid of cutting into the quick and hurting her. I also find it very hard to get all the hair away from the nails to get a really good view before I clip them, especially given that she's constantly pulling her feet away. Just when I think I've got the perfect amount of length in the clipper, she yanks it away and I have to start over. I've also had the vet do it once. The Petsmart in town trims them for $10 and I've debated just having them do it. I have a friend who always takes her Japanese Chin there to have his nails trimmed.

As far as the groomers, I have been there a few times. In fact, Daisy did an overnight stay and a doggy daycare there in January when we were out of town at a wedding. It is an upscale pet resort-type place. They have the webcams and all the bells and whistles. They seem really nice and I watched them groom a couple of animals for a little while. But it's still kind of nerve-wracking for me to trust them with her. I'm sure they know what they are doing, and believe me I would be VERY specific about what I want done (and don't want done, more importantly). I'll probably give it a go soon.

6th April 2007, 04:33 PM
Not trying to be a Polly Panic - just the vet nurse coming out again!!

Toenails are difficult, especially if they are black. And it's much harder to do your own dog's nails because all they have to do is make one little whimper and that's it. Been there!! And I was once cutting one of my dogs nails with the guillitine (I know, that spelling is all messed up!) trimmers. Just as I clamped down she shoved her foot forward, which caused me to cut her nail way back into the quick. What a mess! I didn't have silver nitrate sticks or quick stop so I used flour to try to stop the bleeding. Thought I was okay; she went outside and when I called her back in her face was covered in blood where she had been licking it. Luckily one of my vet friends lived nearby and I put a baggie on the dog's foot and took her there. I've never been comfortable with those nail clippers or doing my dogs' nails since.

I feel sure that you can make the groomer understand what you want - and don't want. Go on line and get some pix of some show dogs and let her know what the feet are supposed to look like. Too much information is much better than too little. And if you make friends with her everything will be much better for both of you!

6th April 2007, 05:26 PM
I used to try to do their nails, but since Stewie takes 3 people to hold him down + a muzzle, I decided just to suck it up and have the vet do it for $10. I like my fingers very much and would like to keep them!!! :lol:

My vet is really great, you don't have to make an apointment because the vet techs do it. If I happen to be there for any other reason, I just have them do their nails at the same time.

I can do Wesley and Cody's, I just sneak up on them while they are sleeping icon_whistling But Zoey's nails are all black and Stewie...well...is Stewie. :roll:

6th April 2007, 06:21 PM
Monica - my "Stewie" was so glad to be home from the kennel last night that she just couldn't sleep enough. She was lying in front of the desk, snoring like man and suddenly woke up yelping and screaming like somebody had kicked her. I think she "forgot" where she was. The shihtzus are cute but bless their little brains they aren't much in the smarts department!

6th April 2007, 08:05 PM
No brains at all!! It's all hair :lol: