SHAGGY DOGS REJOICE
Because of the warmer weather, COVID-safe dog grooming is now allowed, which was a relief to Pierre the overgrown Cavoodle from Shepparton.
Shepparton may be free from lockdown today, but some of our furry friends were given more freedoms ahead of time yesterday.
Pet groomers across the state were given the green light to continue as essential services, and Cavoodle Pierre was one of the first Shepparton pooches given a trim.
With Pierre’s hair hanging over his eyes and ears a bit matted, his owner Kelly Murdoch said he was feeling a bit sorry for himself, with appointments cancelled during lockdowns.
“He gets very, very thick and furry, it adds weight to him,” she said.
“I have to check his feet when we come home from our walks, because there are grass seeds in the fur around his feet.
“He’ll come home a very happy boy this afternoon.”
She said she thought it was unfair animals couldn’t get groomed during lockdowns, with Pierre getting itchy and uncomfortable when his hair was long.
Pierre was trimmed by long-time pet groomer Darlene Beer, who said it was ‘‘a relief’’ to be back open.
She said many animals — primarily cats and dogs — were in dire need of a clip, causing massive health issues as the weather warmed up and animals began moulting.
Some of Mrs Beer’s customers had accidentally injured their cats and dogs trying to cut their hair themselves, while others were elderly and unable to lift their pets.
“Because of the new grasses and that coming through, they’re in tears to me on the phone, because the dogs are scratching themselves back to blood and they can’t afford the vet bills to have the vet clip them,” Mrs Beer said.
“It’s a relief to be open to be able to help them.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and so it’s hard on the owners as much as it is on the groomers. It’s frustrating for us, because we can’t help them do their cleaning with us on the phone.”
She said she’d had 64 phone calls after the announcement on Tuesday that pet groomers could reopen from yesterday, and that today’s end to lockdown would allow her to have more staff involved to get through animals faster.