The Meaning of Love
My mom forever tells me and everyone else how much she loves me. If she loves me so much, why does she make me go to the groomer every six weeks?
Jim, my groomer, is a nice man. He tries to make my appointments as pleasant as possible. But no matter how you slice it, grooming is unpleasant and painful. Having hair plucked out of your ear is no walk in the park. It’s like having a bikini wax.
My mom has one a couple of times a year, and you can’t believe how much she complains about the procedure for weeks after.
I also discovered that not all the dogs at the park go to a groomer, so why me?
Some dogs have fur and shed it when it gets old and dry. Other dogs have hair that continues growing, and cutting it is the only way to keep it trimmed. If the hair is not cut, it will eventually become matted and can cause skin problems.
I suspect the reason for your six-week grooming schedule is you have hair. Hygiene and maintaining one’s appearance require some effort and, at times, discomfort.
I don’t think, for example, that the humans find regular trips to the dentist to be a peak experience. Who would enjoy injections in their mouth before having their tooth filled? Despite the unpleasantness, the humans go for dental care because they understand that dental hygiene and maintenance are essential for their overall health.
Be grateful you have a responsible mom who takes the time and spends the money (grooming isn’t cheap) to keep you healthy and looking your best.
I hope you understand that life isn’t all about treats, rides in the car, and stomach rubs.
© 2023 Geneva Woodruff
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