The weeds are turning green, Ted the Wonder Dog is beginning to shed, it's time for his haircut. But first this story.
Ever make one of the phone calls that 10 seconds into it, you know you have made a horrid mistake and all you can do is hang on for the ride. I had one Sunday.
Sunday afternoon, I called to make an appointment for Ted at his favorite spa. Conversation goes like this
I may want to make a haircut appointment for Ted.
Let me check your records. OK I've got it.
What is going tariff?
Bath is $34, papaya facial scrub is $16.. (I reminded him this was for a dog)
My wife got a free facial at the mall Friday. How much is the water? Can you use something else, Ted doesn't care for papaya? For $50 bucks you throw in the haircut, don't you?
Haircut is $48, nail trim is......
What time Monday can I bring him?
No, can't see him before Wednesday. We'd like him here by 8:30.
Ted, doesn't get up before 10.
WE'D LIKE HIM HERE BEFORE 8:30.
Are you likely to start before he gets there? $200 for a dog's haircut? Sounds steep to me.
Ted does like his trips to the barber though. Comes home smelling of cigarettes and cheap perfume. It take days to get that smile off his face, and he really gets angry if you try to pry off the cheap (at $200) bandanna.
Number one son and his family along with their dog Roscoe the Flying Squirrel, are coming to visit this week. Ted's gotta look nice.
Down the street from Ted's local is Dogs R Us. $48 nose to tail. 6pm Monday.
So what have I learned from this. First I love Dogs R US. More importantly I owe regular reader Kathleen an apology. Last week she wrote about building a dog bath, which caused much silent mirth. Today I'm looking at the pool house where I have hot and cold water. Now I gotta figure how to hook a hose connection to the hot.
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