Primping for Westminster

Posted by F&S

There are less than two weeks until G.K. makes his big debut at The Westminster Kennel Club dog show.  We, Frenchies, are hoping for the best, of course, and in the meantime, we are seeing to some of G.K.’s basic grooming needs.  A dog must look his or her best at Westminster!

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All right, GK!  Sharkey and I are going to make sure you look your best for the next show, which is Westminster, of course!  Let's see what tools and products we can use.

1 All right, GK! Sharkey and I are going to make sure you look your best for the next show, which is Westminster, of course! Let's see what tools and products we can use.

GK, you don't need a full shampoo because you've had a bath recently.  It's important not to bathe dogs too frequently as it can wash away too many of our natural oils.  Those oils keep our skin healthy and our coats shiny!

2 GK, you don't need a full shampoo because you've had a bath recently. It's important not to bathe dogs too frequently as it can wash away too many of our natural oils. Those oils keep our skin healthy and our coats shiny!

We Frenchies don't have problems with tangles as we have easy to manage short hair, but the thickness and length of Chow Chow fur can cause mats!  Let's use this natural botanical conditioning spray to make it easier to brush him!

3 We Frenchies don't have problems with tangles as we have easy to manage short hair, but the thickness and length of Chow Chow fur can cause mats! Let's use this natural botanical conditioning spray to make it easier to brush him!

While you go to a professional groomer, and you also have Karen Tracy taking care of you for shows, it's a good idea to keep brushes on hand at home for in between maintenance.

4 While you go to a professional groomer, and you also have Karen Tracy taking care of you for shows, it's a good idea to keep brushes on hand at home for in between maintenance.

Ah, see, GK?  No tangles means no tears!  Grooming should be a good experience that brings owners closer to their pets.

5 Ah, see, GK? No tangles means no tears! Grooming should be a good experience that brings owners closer to their pets.

Thanks, Sharkey!  You brush my back and I'll brush yours!  Doesn't that feel great?

6 Thanks, Sharkey! You brush my back and I'll brush yours! Doesn't that feel great?

I'm going to run this comb gently through to pick up some of your undercoat.  Regular brushing also reduces the amount of shedding, keeping hair off clothes, furniture, and floors!

7 I'm going to run this comb gently through to pick up some of your undercoat. Regular brushing also reduces the amount of shedding, keeping hair off clothes, furniture, and floors!

GK, you're starting to look really good!  But let's not just worry about the outside.  We have to take care of the inside, too!

8 GK, you're starting to look really good! But let's not just worry about the outside. We have to take care of the inside, too!

That's right Sharkey.  We use this ear cleaner to clear waxy buildups and stop infections before they start!  Pups with floppy ears are especially prone to infections, so they should definitely clean their ears frequently!

9 That's right Sharkey. We use this ear cleaner to clear waxy buildups and stop infections before they start! Pups with floppy ears are especially prone to infections, so they should definitely clean their ears frequently!

Gee, girls!  You always take such good care of me!  It's so nice of you to help me look and feel my best!

10 Gee, girls! You always take such good care of me! It's so nice of you to help me look and feel my best!

Comments (12)

  • Oh, how I could schmooozze that loveable fluffy face of yours G.K.! :-)
    Can't wait for the Show and I know you will do well...just think you got there in such a short time!

    Francesca & Sharkey you girls look darling taking care of G.K.'s grooming.

    Wow, it's 45 degrees right now, it almost hit 59 today, we expect even higher tomorrow....I don't mind winter like this.

    Kitty was out today gallivanting in the woods, she was happy watching the squirrels chase each other.

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

    I added more photos of Kitty on her webpage, check her out! click my name delia and look for Kitty's name on the list.

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    You girls sure are the best sisters a boy could ask for. You take such pride in grooming G.K. properly. Mama has taught you all the best things to use. I am glad you got a back brushing out of it Sharkey. He is one handsome dude and as always you ladies are queens. I just lounged around yesterday and kept warm with a nice fire. Hopefully the same today. Have a good one all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • G.K. you are a very lucky little boy to have such loving sisters to make sure that you do look your best. Maddox or Karen, Westminster is a benched show right? What are the benching procedures and times for Chow Chows?

    I'm very new to dog shows and only know of benched shows because I'm a big fan of the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam. Zen and his older half sister Bella just participated in the Golden Kennel Club Show at Cow Palace in the SF area and it was a benched show. I know you're going to do just great. Cora-Belle, you take it easy sweet girl, don't overdue yourself OK? :smile:

  • I can't wait for the dog show G.K. !!!!!!!!! I'm wishing you the best of luck and will be watching for you!!

    The "girls" did a good job of grooming you!!!
    Best Wishes!!!

  • 'Morning all,
    Oh, G.K., you do have great friends in Frannie & Sharkey. You know, Westminster is your Super Bowl, buddy. Mimi & me will watch. Mimi watches every year. Mimi's says her Uncle & cousin have special hunting dogs that are champions. They have bench trials and night trials. Running around in the dark? Not this boy!
    It's going to be warmer here today. Papa asked Mimi if she was going to put the top down on the car. Hope I don't blow away! Stay warm Basil. Til tomorrow, your pal, Rebel

  • Hi everyone,
    GK, I must say, the girls did a great job with your grooming. You look spectacular. Did they do your nails too? I am so happy to know that your sisters care about you as much as I do. As you know I was at the Wesrminster Dog Show twice. I didn't win the Breed the first time I showed there but Karen said she was soooooo proud, win or lose, to watch me in the ring at such a prestigious dog show. And I had a good time cause people stopped by my set up to pet me and say how handsome I was. Boy, did I eat that up. Hehehehehehe
    Zoe, if I knew where you lived I would send you a case of TP and some dolls to keep you busy till your mom is all settled again.
    Cora-Belle, please listen and wear your sweater and take your meds and rest. I don't bark much but I will give it a try for you if I see a squirrel, a deer, a spider, any kind of critter. I will ve thinking of you all week
    Love to every one of you.
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It really does take some time when you are getting ready for the BIG show. I just love brushing time. It keeps all those tangles out of my fur. Now when it comes to nails, I just try to get away for a while. Another month almost in the books. Time sure does fly by when one is having fun, and I do have fun. I just made a pass by the fence and the little “spitfire” next door came charging the fence again. She always does that so I make a run by the fence about three times a day. She gets yelled at often for doing that, hehehehehe. Well after that run I have to take a nap and be rested for another one later on.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., How fun it is to see all three of you beautiful, handsome buddies together again! You girls sure did a nice job getting GK ready for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show that I can't wait to see! Hey Basil, you sure are doing well, thank God! Zoe, sure hope your Mom get to spend more time with you real soon so you will be happier! Cora-Belle dear heart, sure hope God is watching out for you so you will be much better real soon-miss hearing from you! Our weather was sort of nice yesterday and may rain again today. Sure hope all of you have a healthy, happy, safe, fun day again! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello F&S and GK,
    Well I must say it is a crazy time. Trying to get everything in order for the Westminster Show. Thank you for helping get GK ready. Make sure you do his nails. It will be a great experience for GK. We might have butterflies in our bellies but everything will be great!!! GK you know you are a beautiful boy!! Win or lose you are still number one to all of us. We all love you.
    Jan

  • Hello F&S and GK,
    GK, you sure do look handsome. The girls are really taking care of you. I am going to tell mom about that spray. I think I could use some of that. Speakding of spray..... Mom is trying a new idea to keep me from jumping on Abbie and the furniture. She has a spray bottle full of water and when I jump she sprays me right in the face. I do love playing in the water, but I don't like the spray in the face too much. So I have been trying to be good. I did get a few rolls of TP out of the bathroom and into the yard the other day. Mom was not happy. She had to rack it all up.:) I have training again tonight, cant wait till this is over :) Mom already told me we are probably going to fail the "down" part of the class. I sit very well and stay when she tells me to. Just for some reason I don't like "down". Oh, well, maybe Lily the trainer will work with me again tonight on that. LOL
    It's a beautiful day here in NJ so i am enjoying playing with all my toys outside.
    Have a great day everyone. And where is cousin Zoe today?????? Mom says she has to get over to see her.

    Chloe xx

  • Hello Franny and Sharkey,
    Thank you for helping to keep GK's coat in good condition. You two are so kind and thoughtful to take care of your brother and it is a big help to me too.
    As for the question of Westminster being a benched show, yes it is. However, there is construction going on inside so it will be set up a little different this year again. Last year we had a place for a crate and a grooming table so Maddox sat on the table to greet his fans. If it is the same this year, GK will be doing the same thing, sitting on the table to greet his friends. Hope that answers your question.
    Cora-Belle, you better get your strength back so you can post on Friday. Take your medicine and stay warm. I love you as if you were my own. I feel that way about all of you.
    Love,
    Karen

  • Thanks Karen for answering my question about benched shows aka the doggie meet-n-greet. :smile:

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