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Another First for Stella the Schnoodle!!!!!

Did your Mom ever cut your hair as a kid?

Mine Did.

Mine Did.


Or did you ever cut it yourself???

Or did you ever cut it yourself???

You can understand why Stella would be a little apprehensive about me cutting her hair.  In an effort to save a little $$$…Mama decided to give “Home Grooming” a try today.

Who Wants a Haircut?

Who Wants a Haircut?


Not me Mama! (Schnoodle shakes her head)

"Not me Mama!" (Schnoodle shakes her head)


Im sure Papa doesnt want you to do this Mama.

"I'm sure Papa doesn't want you to do this Mama."


Stellas looking a little Shaggy lately.

Stella's looking a little Shaggy lately.

Her feet look HUGE, but its just all hair.

Her feet look HUGE, but it's just all hair.

So here we go.......

So here we go.......

I felt a little like Edward Scissorhands (one of my favorite movies-See VodPod box to the right!)!  Since I didn’t have a proper table, Stella opted for laying down on the kitchen floor.  I spun her around….flipped her on her side….fed her treats and praise, praise, praised her!!!  I’m not even sure how long it took….all I know is that I was covered in Schnoodle hair…and Stella was not.

It doesnt look like much......

It doesn't look like much......


But it was.....ooooohhhhh...it was!

But it was.....ooooohhhhh...it was!


There was even some of her cute little white chest hair.

There was even some of her cute little white chest hair.


I think Mama did a pretty good job!!!!

I think Mama did a pretty good job!!!!


Welll....maybe not so much on her legs...that can be fixed.

Welll....maybe not so much on her legs...that can be fixed.


And maybe I went a little too short in some spots....and a little too long in others.

And maybe I went a little too short in some spots....and a little too long in others.


I think I did a good job on her chest/tummeh area!

I think I did a good job on her chest/tummeh area!


As promised....I took her to the Dog Park afterwards....and then she got a Chewey.

As promised....I took her to the Dog Park afterwards....and then she got a Chewey.


And Mama had a well earned frosty cold adult beverage!!!

And Mama had a well earned frosty cold adult beverage!!!

I think….given it was my first attempt….all turned out pretty well.  Tomorrow I’ll get Papa to help me while I trim up around her cute little face…and try to straighten out the hair on her legs and feet.  All in all Stella…..I think you turned out beautiful….it could have been worse.

A Camel?  Really?
A Camel? Really?
Stella could rock this cut!!!!!

Stella could rock this cut!!!!!

I’ll post more photos after I’ve got her all trimmed up tomorrow.

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She’s Heeerrrrreeeeeee!

CuteFINALLY!  Miss Stella is here in Maine!  We arrived at the pick up location bright and early.  There was a van out front full of dog crates…I didn’t want to go look in.

Van

We stood in line with all the other anxious dog Mom and Dad’s and watched people get matched up one by one with their new furry friends!  Some of the dogs were clearly very scared, anxious, but that is to be expected considering the ride up from down South.

A few of the dogs were bouncy and were wagging their tails….and then in came Miss Stella….although her previous name was “Leila”….we changed it.  She bounded right into the room, tail wagging and full of that happy puppy energy!  Love at first site!  I don’t know who was happier, her or me!  She drew alot of “Awwwwww!”‘s from the crowd.

We loaded her into the car and Rob drove us home!  Yay

We probably did just about everything they tell you not to do with a new puppy.   We had a very active weekend!  Company in town….a cookout at the house Saturday night….sensory overload for most puppies in new surroundings, but not for Stella!!!

She LOVED it and loved everyone!  She was remarkably calm given what she’s been through.  I can’t say enough about the people from Golden Retreiver Rescue Lifeline, Inc. in Biddeford.  They made this whole process of adopting so easy.  They are hard-working volunteers who go above and beyond to save dogs like Stella, who as a Southern dog would have been put to sleep if not adopted from the shelter in a few days.

We didn’t know what to expect with a dog that we had never seen in person.  Rob was a little nervous about that aspect.  What did we get?  As far as we can tell…..a very sweet, intelligent, gentle and adorable beyond words puppy!

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She liked riding in the car, we took her for her first trip into PetCo.  The worst part of her day was a trip in the afternoon to Planet Dog for her first “Brazilian”.  She’s a long haired dog, and has had a little “intestinal issue” which is common for her situation.  Long hair….and puppy “squirts” don’t mix.  Rob paled at the thought of having to clean up her little butt.  So I drove her off to Planet Dog for her first “Sphincter Shave”.  Whhhhhhheeeeeeeee!!!

“Welcome to Maine Stella, now hold still while this nice lady takes an electric razor to your butt!”  She didn’t even flinch…..I would have been screaming to the heavens.  They are super nice at Planet Dog and the groomer was very gentle with her and gave Stella lots of treats!

Back home we went….feeling a littler fresher and lighter!  She was well behaved with all of the company we had!  She had more visitors on Sunday when C&G stopped by to check her out!

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Plenty of kisses for everyone!  Lots of snuggling, treats, presents and tummy rubs!

Tummy Rub

It was commented that she looked so “at home…like she’s always been here!”.   You couldn’t really ask for more.

In trying to keep with not making some of the same “mistakes” I made with Sadie…..we are going to crate her while we eat.  Sadie was a champion begger and was not shy about letting you know she was under the table waiting for you to give her something.  We’re also trying to keep Stella off of the furniture.  I did catch Rob letting up onto his lap while sitting on a chair.  “Bad Rob! Bad!”

We’re also not letting her sleep in the bed with us.  Sadie was an excellent snuggler, but a phenomenal bed hog.  We’re keeping Miss Stella in her crate at night.  She did really well.  A couple of little whines, but nothing like the screeching and howling that we expected.  When we come down in the morning there she is….all nice and quiet just wagging her tail.

We’re still not sure what she exactly is.  Definitely a schauzer mix….mix of what we don’t know.

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She’s 23 lbs, has hair instead of fur….and has long, long legs!  She’s all black, but in the sun you can see red highlights underneath the black….she’s got a little patch of white on her chest….and a teeny bit of white on her front right paw.  It’s like she dipped her paw in paint!

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She looks bigger than she actually is.  All of that hair covers a skinny little frame.  She’s got long legs, but is not even as tall as my knee.  She has her first vet appt tomorrow and maybe he can tell us more.  We know nothing of her life before she went to the shelter and was rescued.  The woman at GRRL said the previous owners didn’t know they would have to “brush her so much”.  We look at her and can’t believe that someone gave up such a beautiful, smart, loveable dog!

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She walked around the Blvd with us on Sunday and was very well behaved.  Later in the day Rob and I walked her around the “hood”.  She loves to run around the house with her stuffed toys….and follows us everywhere.  She (and we) were exhausted after a long weekend of playing.

We’re so happy to have her with us!  Not that we don’t still miss Sadie, but this makes it hurt less!  Rob said yesterday, “There are babies (what we call her stuffed animals) ALL over the house!”  I said, “I KNOW!  Isn’t it awesome?”

We love you Stella!!!!!

Stella&Mama

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