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GROOMING A CLUMBER SPANIEL

By Ed Presnall

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REQUIRED TOOLS
1. Clean (freshly bathed) Clumber
2. 2x4 about 3 or 4 feet long
3. Chainsaw
4. Belt sander (4" or wider belt)
5. Safety goggles or glasses
6. Big pair of scissors (12" or larger)
7. Comb
8. Grooming table

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Find dog.
2. Put dog on grooming table.
3. Put on safety goggles or glasses.
4. Find dog.
5. Bathe dog again to remove mud and dirt collected while dog was in hiding place.
6. Put dog back on grooming table.
7. Take comb and brush hair down and around the feet.
8. Take scissors and trim hair around feet.
9. Start chainsaw.
10. Find dog.
11. Bathe dog again to remove mud and dirt collected while dog was in hiding place.
12. Put dog back on grooming table.
13. Use chain saw to "trim" toenails. (Note: This may require use of the 2x4 to keep dog's attention on the matter at hand.)
14. Put away chainsaw and pick up belt sander.
15. Find dog.
16. Bathe dog again to remove mud and dirt collected while dog was in hiding place.
17. Put dog back on grooming table.
18. Use belt sander to polish and buff sharp edges of nails which may have been left by use of chainsaw.
19. Find dog.
20. Bathe dog again to remove mud and dirt collected while dog was in hiding place.
21. Give up and sit on floor with dog and tell him you will get around to grooming him later.

1997 Ed Presnall. All rights reserved.

A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR

Ed Presnall very graciously consented to let me reprint this page on my web site. He is a writer of some distinction in the dog world and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America.

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