Rome was not built in a day.
It is a hard work, however, believe it or not, I am really enjoying this hard work. It is so much fun to groom a show coat.
To me, the hardest work is setting up the hair. I never can do it perfectly and I need to practice it more. Situation in the show ring for SPs in Japan is not improved. (It is written in Poodle Moments '02.)
|Loss of my dearest friend
About four years ago, I have met one excellent groomer, Aska on line. She had been working for professional Poodle show handlers in USA for about four years. She was much younger than I am but we hit it off together and used to enjoy talking about Poodles and dog shows. After I got Leanne, she has become a great grooming adviser for me. We sometimes got together and had good times too. I believe without her help, I never can groom Leanne like this.
Aska had become ill last June. Her disease was malignant lymphoma. Soon she was under chemo treats but it didn't work very well on her. This May, she even had a bone marrow transplantation.
It was a mid September when I sent her Leanne's photo through e-mail. It was about 10 days before the dog show.
|The night before the dog show, I had a call from her mother.
I couldn't believe what she was telling me. She told me that Aska had passed away early in that morning.
I believed she could get over her disease someday. It was too quick. How cruel the reality is! I couldn't sleep at all that night and early in next morning, we went out for the dog show.
I was really depressed. Being honest, I really didn't want to go to the show. Nanako was just recovered from her bloat operation and my friend has been gone! How can I enjoy the show? I thought of cancelling but I promised Aska to send her Leanne's show photo.
She loved Leanne and she was always looking forward to seeing her in the show ring.
I got a new grooming tool this fall.
|The photo I saw on internet was a show photo. So I asked one of my on line friends in Canada if she could find it somewhere in Canadian Poodle shows. Then a few days later, she found it! (Thanks a lot!)
The tool's name is Chin Rest. Exactly what it means! When I tried the search, I tried words like 'head rest,' 'face rest,' 'head holder,' 'chin supporter,' etc., and even 'chin rest' but no words could hit the right tool at all.
When I first introduced Leanne this tool, she thought this was something weird and didn't want to get closer to it.
A key to success? Some pieces of lever treats and 'click & treat.'
Is it confortable?