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On dog groomers: Pupperazi

1 Jan

Last Saturday, I finally got home after a great trip to Ohio (and a very horribly delayed flight with United).  I picked Panda from his “foster home”, and after a whole day of traveling, we were home.  Unfortunately, his harness was kept on too long during his stay (I wanted to do that actually cos it takes forever to put that on him!), and his hair got matted around the harness.  I tried brushing it and picking it, but he wouldn’t stay still for that.  It hurts, I’m sure!  Now, this was a Saturday night, close to midnight.  One of my usual groomers is close on Sundays, and the other doesn’t open until noon.  I, of course, don’t want to wait that long.  Plus, I wasn’t even sure if there was a groomers available Sundays in that place.  So, I fiddled around the net and found Pupperazi.  I searched for reviews, and though they were little, most were great.  Plus, they open at 9:00 am on a Sunday.  I called the place, Christine told me to bring Panda in; and, as long as I don’t mind her possibly keeping him for a while, she will look at working on his matted hair.   I liked how she sounded on the phone.  It seemed like she was really concerned about the matted fur, cos she said that it’s uncomfortable for the dogs to move when it happens.  When I got there, there were about two or three other dogs in the pen.  It was a pretty big place for a groomers; pretty, spacious and new.  They traded places with the scrap booking store a few doors down.  She took a look at Panda, and told me she’d work on him.

Three hours later, I got a call to pick him up, and he looks good as new.  He wasn’t even shaved!  I love it!

Fully groomed Panda

Fully groomed Panda

His nails were trimmed pretty close too, although it wasn’t filed the way I like it, it didn’t scratch me.  I’m thinking I have a new go-to place for Panda’s grooming needs. Woot!  Plus, they carry Panda’s dog food: Blue Buffalo.

3436 Tampa Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Store Hours:

Tue: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

On puppy grooming

20 Dec

Meet Panda.  panda behaveYes, I know, he looks adorable.  He is almost 7 months old, and is actually very sweet.  But he can be a little devil too at times.  I blame myself partly at this,  I am not a very disciplined mom.  I would let him get away with things, and leave most of the disciplining to the boyfriend.  So far, his best accomplishment is that he’s potty trained.  No accidents at all for almost two months now.  We think he’s a bit smart; unfortunately, he uses it to get in trouble.  He never seems to forget where you last dropped your food, or figure out a way to sneak somewhere he’s not supposed to.  Shredding things also seem to give him joy.

He loves people.  Absolutely adores them.  He jumps too high, and gets all excited whenever he sees someone.  So far, we have worked on getting him to just sit still while someone goes in and out the door.  Of course, once they’re through the door, it’s still a little hard to contain him.  Generally, he’s still a work in progress.  Hopefully, I can get him trained once I start working full-time again.

But let’s get on to grooming.  He is one tough pup to groom.  He bites your when you try to brush his hair, or lift his paw, or cut his hair.  In fairness, he doesn’t bite hard.  But it still gets annoying.  So I understand that he really isn’t the best customer.  We usually give him a bath once a week (unless he somehow gets filthy mid-week); usually on Sundays after his trip to the dog park, where he initially bathes in mulch and other dog saliva.  I use Avoderm puppy formula, and it definitely lasts for a week.  He also gets his hair brushed daily cos it gets tangled at times, and it will be too much work if it gets matted.  I would fix his nails if I could, but that actually scares me.

So far, we have been to two different groomers.  He goes  to the groomers every three to four weeks, depending on their availability, and the length of his coat and nails.  The first one is A Pet Spa Grooming, about 5 minutes away from where we live.  It was a decent place.  They seem very friendly, and the place is clean.  My problem is that they don’t file the nails too well.  Panda comes out, and his nails are still sharp.  His clean smell also doesn’t last too long.  After a few days, he starts to get stinky.

panda copy

The other place we would go to is Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.  I love Melissa (I hope that’s her name)! She was nice and warm and extremely patient with Panda.  She also files his nails really well.  The only problem I have is that they’re a little further (about 15 mins away, so it’s not to bad), and they charge $15-20 more than the other place.  I went there the other day just to get his nails filed, and this other lady worked on him; and she was bad.  The nails were hardly filed at all.  And given how much jumping and running he does, I almost always gets scratched accidentally.

Would I go back there?  Most definitely.  I think although more expensive, it’s worth it.  But I would probably make sure that I book him with a groomer that I actually like.

On my history with yoga

19 Dec

pandabear copy

Let me start this off by saying, I love yoga.  I mean, I’m not the type who attends classes all day, chit-chat with the teachers, or hang  out in the studio; I go in and out once my one class is done, and I thank the teacher at the most.  I love yoga because it is the only form of exercise I will tolerate.  I don’t run, I don’t do machines, and I hate weights.  Obviously, I’m picky.  But I do want a workout.  So between yoga and Pilates, I chose yoga cos it’s cheaper.

I almost always look for a yoga place whatever town I get assigned.  My first yoga place was Journeys in Yoga in Tallahassee.  I would always attend the power yoga once a week, and some other random class when I can.  The power yoga teacher was awesome!  I wish I could remember her name.  She was really good; and even though I started with a jelly belly, I seriously believe her sessions made it a lot stronger.  She had a very challenging core workout; and regardless of class size (which is sometimes a lot!), she takes her time to attend to each and every one in her class.

The second place was at Trinity Yoga in New Port Richey.  I like the small class size, but the class schedule didn’t work well with mine.  I also found the classes to sedate. In fairness to them, I was only able to attend vinyasa classes cos of my work schedule; so I can’t really be a good judge of the place.

Then I tried Bikram yoga (hot yoga) at Heat Yoga & Fitness in Clearwater.   That was my first Bikram.  I loved it and hated it at the same time!  My first session was tough.  The room was set to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and again the workout was very challenging.  Then again, you probably can make a lot of things challenging if you do it in a hot stuffy room.  I tried hot power one time and almost fainted.  It was just too much!  After that I would only do hot yoga, and ballet yoga.  Some of the teachers were good; they explain things well and do a good job of showing what they want done.  It would have been better if they provided more tactile feedback to correct forms, and suggest alternative positions.  Some of the teachers sounded like they just memorized their script.

My favorite yoga studio was South West Orlando Yoga.  Gerry was a great teacher!  I would attend his vinyasa classes, and he would explain things, and give everyone sufficient cues to improve our form.  Our classes were always small, which I love.  The classes weren’t boring either.  He loves to chat, and make the practice more personal.  This might have been the only class I’ve been to where I actually chatted with people in the room.  This is the most I miss in Orlando.

Right now I’m trying out A Yoga Village in Clearwater.  I’ve done a few classes -Hot Yoga with Mable, Alignment & Deep Stretch with Lisa, Kundalini with  Ram Gian Singh, Ashtanga with Sydney, and Power Yoga with Linda.  Except for a hot yoga session with another instructor (whose name I forgot), I like this place.  I love Linda the most though.  She had so much energy, and I really like teachers who give feedback.  And she gives them in boatloads!  Her power class was fast and flowing.  A lot of sun salutations and some inversions.  Lisa’s class was pretty good too; while not as strenuous as Linda’s, I like how the session flows.  There’s a lot of focus on holding positions and rotations.  I just don’t like huge class size.  And while I am not really into meditation too much, the Kundalini class which used gong during savasana was interesting.  I might just do this at least once a month.  It focused more on quieting the mind, and really just focusing on what you’re doing.  I don’ really like those type of classes too much; but sometimes it’s a nice change of pace too.  The class also gave my quads a work out.  All in all, the place is great cos it offers a lot of classes, and different teachers.  My only issue is that it’s more expensive than the places I usually go.  Hopefully, I can afford to stay.

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