Grooming Duke costs twice what it used to cost me to get my hair trimmed, colored, and dried. Of course, they didn’t have to comb out the fur on my butt or deal with my anal glands or clean my ears — and I usually clip my own nails. Still, it is a lot more money than I generally have available and it took my son and I combined to meet the bill.
Having survived the expense, El Duque looks terrific. This is probably the best grooming he’s ever gotten, so he goes into the new year looking like a freshly minted dog. It no doubt helped that the groomer has a dog who could have been a littermate to the Duke, so she had a real “grip” on how he ought to look.