Teddy Bear-doggroomermixupI admit, I don’t take my babies to a groomer and wouldn’t, especially after some of the horror stories I’ve heard and written about but I know a lot of people do.  Grooming is not necessarily an easy thing to do at home, especially if you don’t have the know-how or patience or tools.  This story is just another warning about groomers.  I know there are good ones out there but there are some that are not so good.  If you take your precious furry family member to a groomer, be extra vigilant and don’t wound up like Jo Joshua of Stevenson Ranch who instead of having an adorable and well groomed furbaby for the holidays has had deal with the task of burying her baby.

Jo dropped her 5-year-old Teddy, short for Teddy Bear, a Bichon Frise, off at a local groomer so that he would be all fixed up and looking pretty for the holidays. When her son picked “Teddy” up later and brought him to Jo, she knew right off that it wasn’t her Teddy and called the groomer. Turned out there was a mix up with dogs and her Teddy was given to someone else about 20 miles away.

Now this might not have been a major problem or disastrous consequences but in this case it did. The person who picked up Teddy didn’t realize the mistake and when they got home set Teddy down and Teddy, obviously being scared being in a strange place, took off. In the meanwhile, Jo, some friends, family and even strangers were handing out “missing dog” fliers and the groomer even put up half the reward.

Sadly, just a few days later a metro worker found teddy laying by the train tracks, he’d been killed.

“I could just see his fluffy body and you know I broke down and I was crying,” Joshua said.

Now, this was an honest mistake but one that could have been avoided of the groomer had just tagged the dogs to make sure there was no mix-up and this honest mistake cost the life of an innocent little dog and the heartbreak of the dog’s owner.

The one thing that Jo hopes that people get from this sad story, is that groomers need to keep better track of their charges. Dogs aren’t “just dogs”… they are beloved furry family members.

“We really need to tag animals when they go get washed. I think this is probably every owner’s worst nightmare,” Jo said.

My friends, if you take your dog to a groomer, take care!! Know the groomer, know their reputation, don’t be afraid to wait for your dog rather than just drop them off. Too many stories… lost dogs, dogs mixed-up, staff not paying attention to equipment killing dogs. Grooming should be a painless and easy experience.

For myself, the only other hands I ever place my babies in are the hands of my trusted vet and even then I am on-hand unless there is no way possible. Jezz and Brut may be “just dogs” to some people but to me, they are my babies, my furry kids and people can tease me all they want but my babies are safe and sound and I will do what I can to make sure they stay that way… even be a “crazy dog lady”

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