Enter my nearly 3-year pup Joseph from stage right. See that lovable muppet below.
I’ve joked that I’d sooner get rid of my husband than this furry ball of love. I kid – obviously Edgar comes first; but the day Joey leaves my side is going to break me.
The first time I dropped off Joey for a grooming had me losing my cool during pick up. He looked cute – not stellar. But the bill was nearly $50. I picked a poodle knock-off when I was looking for a dog to adopt due to my allergies. So, I knew that meant a trade-off regarding the grooming commitment. But, man, for a cheap-o like me realizing I was looking at spending about $200 a year on haircuts for a dog was mind-blowing.
Let me put this in perspective for you: I do not spend more than $15 a time on haircuts for myself. And I only get about 2, maybe 3 a year. Also I cut my husband’s hair myself. Now, when I was into dyeing my hair, I would do it myself after buying the supplies from Sally’s Beauty Supplies – roughly $20 at 2 or 3 times a year. I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year. So in a family that spends roughly $90 annually (on an indulgent year) for human hair grooming, the concept of spending $200 on a dog is really, very painful.
So I invested in a nice caliber pet clipper within a month of that grooming. It cost me $90 and has more than paid off. I’ve been doing that for well over a year and a half.
So that was how I got into grooming my dog. It’s a pain, time-consuming and patience draining for both me and Joe. But totally worth have a few hundred dollars going towards other things. Here’s Joey freshly groomed by yours truly.
Yesterday, as I was finishing up his neck area – almost done, I found critters scattering from the clipper’s path. Fleas!
I called my sister, Laura. She’s an excellent reference for this. I’m not saying Laura has hygiene problems – the opposite of! It’s because she’s such a devoted doggy-mom and her dog is so high maintenance. Mocha, her bulldog, has skin sensitivities and allergies in general – so Laura does not let any flea survive on Mocha. She knows what’s the good stuff. She recommended us to the vet to get Trifexis.
Not cheap but cheap as far as a long-term investment. I remember spending around $80 for a 6 month supply of heartworm prevention Also any time Joey had fleas before I got Advantage at Petsmart for $70-ish for 3 doses. That was recommended by our trusted trainer there. He’s a friend of ours. But that was before becoming homeowners (no calling in the apartment office to say ‘hey, you got fleas; you should fumigate’) and parents (not risking Gael becoming lunch for any parasite). Homie, don’t play now!
So 6-month of dosages of Trifexis was $110. It covers both heartworm AND fleas/ticks. So worth it – as long as it does as advertised.
Now to see how well it works for Joe. I’ll be letting you know.