I’ve spent years taking poor old Mia and Murphy – Scotties require regular grooming to maintain that characteristic look you see on some Scotch whisky labels – to a run-of-the-mill grooming parlour in Linden.
They’ve always dreaded this excursion. Somehow they always seem to know when we’re going there too. They become rigid, trembling and completely uncooperative masses, that need to have their collars and leashes forcibly put on, and be lifted (did I mention that Scotties tend to be quite solid and stocky?) into the back of the car.
They were always a little too happy and relieved to see me when I arrived to fetch them, literally whimpering “get us out of here!”
I once had to literally run down the street after Mia upon arrival at the parlour, because she gave me the slip and made a run for it. Must have been quite a sight …
The parlour in question really isn’t anything to write home about. The cages are those old wire ones, and the water bowls are very small – they look more like hamster water bowls than anything else.
Anyway, I didn’t know any better, and so, my canine children have been undergoing this torture every few months throughout the course of their lives. They were always a little too happy and relieved to see me when I arrived to fetch them, literally whimpering “get us out of here!” Murphy religiously made his disapproval known each time by lifting his leg on any available surface upon exiting the cage in which they had been waiting for me.
Vanity Fur is to pet lovers what Lindt is to chocolate lovers. You have to try it.
But our lives all changed for the better on January 31. A good friend of mine told me about a place called Vanity Fur. What can I say? … Vanity Fur is to pet lovers what Lindt is to chocolate lovers. You have to try it.
If you check out the website at www.vanityfur.co.za you’ll see they claim to do “professional, stress-free” grooming in a “cage-free, open view” parlour.
It’s all true. Mia and Murphy didn’t know what hit them. They were greeted (by name, since I was asked for their names when I phoned to book) before my hubby, Ross. The delightful parlour owner, Victoria, then asked Ross if she could give the dogs treats. When she discovered that one of her other “clients” had polished off all the home-made (have you ever?) treats, she dashed off to the Spar to get some more.
That’s dedication for you. Do yourself a favour and give Victoria a call on 082 799 3660. She does the grooming herself and is certified as a professional pet groomer with the Pet Groomers Association of South Africa (PGASA). Vanity Fur is also a member of the Pet Groomers Guild (PGG) and adheres to the PGG Code of Ethics. The parlour offers dog, cat and even puppy grooming.
Do it now … it will change your life!
Cyberstoep rating: 9/10
I am a frazzled working mom who loves her husband and her children. All six of them – two human, two canine and two feline. I spend most of my day managing the crazy chaos that is my awesome life, and what’s left, writing about it … Read more