Ever since this beautiful King Charles came to live with me, I’m getting a little taste of what it’s like to be a mother. He is very lovable when he runs to the door excitedly, knowing someone is home, but sometimes he really frustrates me and the family when he doesn’t pee and poop at the place he’s supposed to.
He is 2 years old, so old habits are hard to kick. It takes much longer to get him into a routine. For instance, when he’s given a bone or something he likes, when you try to take it from him, he would growl and even snap at us. This, I learn, is not good, and we have to break that dominating trait and teach him to be subservient. It takes a strong mind, not a hard hand, to win the dog. That’s kind of like teaching children too.
I also found myself researching online to find the most nutritious food, always looking out for organic healthy snacks and rushing home to see if he’s doing okay.
Then I felt so guilty for taking him to Petmovers for grooming two days ago because it appears they were rough on him.
They nicked his balls while shaving.
That night he was so traumatised, he wasn’t his usual active self. That was also when I found a tick on him. After picking it out with a tweezer, I applied Frontline all over him. The next morning, I found a dead one on the surface of his fur. I was so worried I called up the vet to ask if I should bring him down for a check-up and I was advised to monitor his situation for a few days.
Seems like he’s perfectly fine today.
Petmovers charge members S$30 for grooming, which is cheap but I guess you get what you pay for. After I dropped off the dog, I went for lunch and it only took them 1.5 hours to complete the task. He wasn’t smelling all shampooed when I picked him up so I have no idea what they used. This is their claim on the website:
We have a caring team of overseas trained professional groomers, our U.S.A. qualified groomer with over 10 years experience – and together they provide all grooming styles, from the most basic to the most demanding, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
We not only attend to your pet’s coat – we clip their nails, express their anal glands, clean their ears, check their eyes and skin, and report back any abnormalities discovered, so you may seek veterinary advice if necessary. In short, we pamper your pet as if it were our own – collecting a well-groomed and non-stressed animal is the best advertisement of all!
How they ended up nicking my poor dog, and telling me everything’s fine with him, only to have me find a tick on him right after I brought him home, eludes me. Like an angry mother, I wanted to pull their hair out, but I figured it doesn’t achieve anything, so I’m just not going back there anymore.
I’m an inexperienced new owner, and I have to learn the hard way. Does anyone know of a good, caring East-side groomers? What are some dog-friendly places, cafes etc in Singapore other than Pasir Ris Farmway?