June 6, 2010

Dog Groomers are amazing….. and how can they help the oil spill

Our dear Saffy is getting on now, and the weather is cold and damp… I just couldn’t face the bathing and the drying and the brushing and the clipping…. in the house, and she has an important date working with our students this week, so she needs to look beautiful!

So, for the first time in all the many years I have owned dogs, I took one to a proper groomers for “the works” yesterday.

WOW- Karen and her team did an amazing job…. and I think they enjoyed the laugh they got when I saw the bow !! But she is the blondest, cleanest, tidiest and sweetest smelling I have ever seen her ;)


P1010161 (Large) You can find Karen and the team at Groomingdales, Papanui Animates, Christchurch. Thanks all of you :)


There has been a lot of news about the oil spill and the catastrophe it is causing to the sea birds and nearby beaches. The shots the other day of the birds drenched in oil were heartbreaking. I was interested to read that many of the dog groomers in America are sending all the waste dog fur to be used to try to soak up the oil.


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If you want to help, or get your own groomer involved look here:



So what does the oil do to the birds?

Dirty wings kill birds graphic

Please be aware, that the birds that are brought to rescue centres are often frightened, cold, emaciated, dehydrated, exhausted and suffering from the internal effects of oil. Initial procedures may involve cleaning the eyes, nasal and oral passages of oil and dirt, applying saline eye solution, giving oral fluids and activated charcoal solution, but not washing.

To wash a bird that is already highly stressed and not medically stable could mean death. Many oiled bird's die because well-meaning people, anxious to get oil off the bird, wash it immediately, resulting in death from stress. It is actually more important to give oiled birds the much needed nutrition, hydration and medical treatment they need before they are washed.

Read more http://www.ibrrc.org/oil_affects.html

What does it take to fix them? Have a look at this video from the rehabilitation centre…


I guess I might avoid BP for a while. But it could have been any oil company ;the birds and area are a casualty of our need for petrol. Just can’t believe how long it is taking to get the leak stopped!


  1. 任何你憂慮的事,你都應該去採取一點行動,不要只是在那邊想..................................................

  2. Hi Fi. How are you? That damn oil, what devastation!
    Saffy looks gorgeous!
    Any date set yet???? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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