Friday, July 13, 2012

Hiker's Grooming Day

It was already 76° here at 6:00 am when I got up to let Hiker outside. We got up at 7:00 am and went out for a short 1 mile walk. Had some drizzle while out on our walk this morning. Cloudy, hot and sticky weather which is strange for SoCal. We've always been known for our “dry heat”. Got back home to have breakfast and then Hiker went over to her groomer (my neighbor). Hiker disappointed me today. She was such a good girl yesterday when I took her for her vaccinations and I was so proud of her, but I dropped her off at the groomer and I headed over to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few things. I just got out of the store when my neighbor called me and asked if I'd come back because Hiker was snarling and baring her teeth at her when she was trying to put her in the tub. The last time I left Hiker with her, my neighbor told me what a good girl she was and how she was no problem at all. I rushed back over there and had to help her put Hiker in the tub and then had to stay for the entire grooming to make sure Hiker didn't try to bite her. I was embarrassed because now I'm wondering if my neighbor will want to continue being her groomer. We were both surprised because Hiker is usually never aggressive like that. We were wondering if maybe her hips were sore from her shots yesterday or if maybe she didn't feel well from the shots, but she was acting her normal self at home. I was thinking it was maybe that my neighbors dogs intimated Hiker. She has 3 dogs, all smaller than Hiker, but the bark a lot and Hiker is not used to that. But, with that said, Hiker look great. I had my neighbor shave Hiker's hair closer for the hot weather and you can really see her Queensland Heeler coloring now. My neighbor/groomer called me later in the day to see if Hiker was doing OK and to suggest that maybe she and I get together for our dog walks so Hiker can get used to being around her and her dogs, so that sounds like she has not given up on being Hiker's groomer for which I am glad. Got up to 97° here today and was once again very muggy.


  1. Cute those eyes..

  2. She could have been sore plus when the lady grooms other dogs perhaps she should put her dogs in another room while she is doing that. Great pictures. She has that adoring look for you. Pretty girl.


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