Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cold weather clip for a Shih Tzu

Meet Shorty, a 5 year old Shih Tzu.
Shorty lives on a horse farm and spends a good deal of his time out at the barn with his human mom. I have created this clip to accommodate both Shorty and his mom. I call it 'The Sweater' it is a built-on body warmer. In the cold weather with all the snow and frigid temperatures, it doesn't make any sense to keep him in a close summer trim like his mom enjoys. The short hair is easier for Shorty's owner to maintain and less to clean after a romp in the hay. So when the season changes and the snow starts flying 'The Sweater' is born. The first picture is about 8 weeks of hair growth. The face is fluffy, the legs and belly hair has grown out and some matting is taking place. To elevate the problem of tangles, I start by shaving off the hair on the back side of his rump and down the legs. The underside is then clipped close from belly to mid-rib. The front legs are shaved from the elbow, I brush up the hair to make a clean line around the entire leg and scissor in the shape of how a sweater would look. His owner like Shorty to have a clean face and head, so I shave his head ears and all and trim a band around the neck line. This gives the appearance that Shorty is wearing a sweater and thus helps to keep him warm.

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