Friday, February 20, 2009

Another feat of Airedale magic

Alanis weighs 46 to 48 lbs, a nice size. I noticed, however, that when she's on the grooming table and I'm trying to strip her coat, she grrrrooooowwwwwwsssss to the size of a 100-lb Airedale Behemoth, more than doubling the number of square inches of fur.

As for her head, I work and work and get maybe a handful of fuzz. I'm not trying to do a full strip--she'd be the size of a Clydesdale by the time I finished--I just want to strip out enough to keep the color and texture of that thick, thick coat.


  1. What a good mom you are to handstrip your beautiful Alanis. So far, the clippers are Madison's best friend. She was nice and short after last visit, with a prodigious looking beard!

  2. We're not stripped dogs, we're clipped! We can't wait to see a picture of Alanis looking just beautiful!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  3. I, Molly, have a very soft coat as I was always clipped before I came here to my new forever home. I have lost a lot of my colour but my hooman has certainly managed to thicken my coat up over the past year. She uses a Furminator and it certainly gets a lot of my dead undercoat out a lot quicker than a stripping knife. In the summertime she clips me to keep me cool.

    Alanis you are bound to look very pretty.

    Molly xx

  4. Yep, that's what we Aire-girls do...we can grow to the size of a baby elephant when someone is trying to steal our furs! We can't wait to see your new Aire-cut, Alanis!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  5. We are just brushed when groomed. What is the difference between stripping and clipping.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  6. Ruby and Penny, stripping involves pulling out old, dead hair so the new can grow in and keep the coat's original texture and color. It's lots and lots and LOTS of work. That's why I only strip out a little bit before clipping. (Which we haven't gotten to yet.)