Most of you know my big Leonberger/Great Pyrenees mix doggie that I have, and love, named Crosby! Here’s my boy:
He’s a beauty with his long silky human-like hair…but he’s also a big goofball who loves to be outside. He always gives me a laugh (except when the thunderstorms come)…he’s pretty laid back, but when he’s in the mood to play he can play kinda rough for some dogs. In fact, the only two dogs who seem to handle Crosby’s rough play are my other two dogs – Colbie and Todd :). Crosby totally submits to my Australian Koolie – Colbie – she’s the boss!!
Lately Crosby has not wanted to be outside for very long because it is just so hot out! So I began thinking about getting his hair cut off (just for the summer). I really struggled with this haircut for a couple of reasons….1) Everything I read says that you “shouldn’t” cut a leonberger or a great pyrenees’ hair because it helps them stay cool in the summer… and 2) His hair is sooo gorgeous!!
I’m not sure where they get the information that a Leonberger or a Great Pyrenees (Crosby is both) stays cooler with all that hair….that’s a fallacy! Crosby has been sooo hot this summer that he just doesn’t want to be outside anymore (and he LOVES being outside)!!
So, for the sake of Crosby’s comfort, I decided to go ahead and get his hair cut. Now Crosby, the goofy laid-back dog that he is, does NOT like his feet or his hind quarters touched or messed with. When I clip his nails I have to put a basket muzzle on him and sedate him a bit. So, when I first called to make the appointment at Petsmart they said they do not use muzzles (except for a 20 min. duration during the haircut) and they only use theirs, they do not use one brought in from home. 😦
Thus, I was a bit worried about how this was going to go, so I stayed and watched the whole time. He did really well and they only had to put the muzzle on at the very end when they clipped his toenails!! Yay!! I was so happy! And Crosby is so much more comfortable in this heat! He still doesn’t stay outside very long at a time…but he can now last (with his friends Colbie & Todd) for about an hour before he wants to come back in! That’s much improved over the less than 5 minutes with all that fur!
Here’s Crosby at Petsmart getting his hurrs trimmed!
Before his haircut:
After his haircut!
I’m sad that all his beautiful fur is gone (I love his fur!!) but he’s much happier in this heat … and it will grow back!!