06 November 2021

𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐞 𝐏𝐮𝐧𝐤 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫

Top knots - They're a part of Spaniels you either love or hate

Boris standing in the woods wearing his green fleece jumper and royal blue collar, his head is turned to the side and his top knot is sticking right up in a punk style Mohican

Personally I'm not a fan of them, but when Boris came running back to me looking like the ghost of Christmas Past from my youth I just had to capture a photo before he was charging off around the woods again 

Boris has always had such a beautifully smooth head with only the odd wisp of flyaway hair, his coat was long, luxurious and so soft

Then a few years back it started to fall out when he developed Staph Pseudintermedius, a horrible autoimmune skin problem, I won't bore you with all the details as we posted often about it at the time

But when his coat finally grew back it was totally different in both texture and looks. Boris's coat became woolly, thick and difficult to groom, plus he'd developed a thicker top knot

No longer could Boris be hand stripped because of it potentially aggregating his skin problem, so I took him to a groomer to reshape him with scissors and the strict instructions of no clippers to be used to give me a template to follow when grooming him in the future, Boris came out and looked absolutely amazing

All was well and I got his coat back into good shape again, approx 18 months or so later he went back to the same groomer for a reshape as he was looking a little untidy with my novice scissoring skills

A different person did him this time but they didn't heed my request or his notes of no clippers to be used written in red and clipped off his top knot instead of scissoring it

 I was absolutely fuming!

Yes I did complain and yes he was groomed for free by the original groomer the next time he needed to be reshaped again

Unfortunately because clippers were used on Boris's head that day, it's ruined his lovely smooth head and now he grows a massively thick woolly upright top knot that even when scissored down doesn't lay flat anymore

So whilst this picture is very funny, it's also upsetting for me

It's a reminder that instructions were ignored and not acceptable when paying for a service, so nowadays Boris will just have to make do with my novice scissoring skills until I can find a groomer that I feel I can trust again 

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