Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wanted: Free Advice!

Ciao, miei amici!

La mia ragazza needs some grooming-tool advice (not that I, Lucia, need to be groomed -- I am lovely just as I am!) and I told her I would ask my dear pals in bloggie-land. We hope one or some of you may be able to give her some input because, right now, she is awash in a sea of pet-supply websites and after dutifully studying each and every one of them, she is still as perplesso (perplexed) as ever. (This is a very common problema [problem] in mia casa, but that's another story for another day .... heeeeeeeeee!!)

So, here's her dilemma: do any Aire-pawrents out there use a Mars Coat King to groom their Aire-pups' coats? If you're not familiar with what a Mars Coat King is, it's a stripping-type tool that helps keep dogs' coats in splendid shape. Here's a picture of one from the PetEdge website:

The problem is, there are many different sizes and blade-widths available, and la mia ragazza was unable to find -- after poring over all of her multitudinous bookmarked web pages -- which particular Coat King is specifically designed to be used on an Airedale Terrier's coat. I, Lucia, was stripped before we moved this past year (well, my saddle and face were stripped -- other parts of me were scissored) but la mia ragazza hasn't been able to find an Aire-stylist in our new home town who will do hand stripping, so she thought she'd give it a go, herself. (Santa vacca! There could be trouble in Lucia's beautiful universe!!) A friend who strips her little Welshie terrier suggested the Mars product, so la mia ragazza has been investigating, but she can't decide which model is best for my darling self.

Do any Airedale owners out there use a Mars Coat King?? Can you help la mia ragazza -- and save Lucia from potential hand-stripping butchery! -- with any advice?

In other developments, here is a photo of meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee in my new red coat!

It keeps me very toasty and warm during walkies on these cold winter days as it is lined with thick and luxurious fleeciness! (And if la mia ragazza doesn't get the right stripping tool and ends up pulling out all of my bellissima gingery furs in her zeal to groom me, I may end up wearing my red coat ALL SUMMER, too ....!!!)

Tanti baci!



Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

As you know, we are Scotties (and we know you might be jealous giving your past history with Jinx the magnificent) but we have to be stripped too and our Mom uses Mars Coat Kings on us when she doesn't want to do a full strip - just to keep things under control and they work really well. She has 5 different sizes and really can not tell any difference in any of them except for their width. She used the widest one she has on our Angel Labrador, Java but she uses what ever she picks up on us. If you are only going to purchase one, go for a smaller one since you can use it around the facial areas and on the body as well. Good luck and if you have any questions, just email us at rocky creek scotties at yahoo dot com.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Deborah said...

I take my dogs to the, sorry, no help from me! I have used those types of combs on the cats though and they are great for matted hair. You just have to be careful not to cut the skid because the ones I have used are so sharp.
Have fun!!

Wyatt said...

We go to the groomers to get our furs done. As you can see in our blog, we really need to go soon!!
That grooming tool looks interesting, we would like to try it too!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Lorenza said...

Hmmm... no grooming here for me!
I hope you will find the right one!
Your red coat is pawesome!
Kisses and hugs

The Thuglets said...

Hi look fabulous in your coat!

I bought 2 Mars Coat Kings about 6/7 yrs ago. At that time I reseached they gave information on which ones to buy for which breed.

I have the 12 blade for the double coat and the 20 blade for soft things like ears.

I can not find that information on almost any website today!

This site gives recommendations:

They say a 16 & 20 for Airedales.

A lot of people love them. I only tended to use mine with 2 of my older dogs and it was the 12 I used most.

Hope this help and good luck.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

p.s. We thuglets are stripped either with a knife or using finger and thumb. Or as you will see most of the time nothing at all! We should be called The Tattyheads!x

Molly the Airedale said...

We have one of those things laying on the table upstairs in our grooming room. Mom rarely uses it anymore on us, thank doG!
We just love your beautiful red coat, Lucia!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Nelly said...

Hi Lucia,

We have the size 16 & 20. Mummy only really uses the 16, and only in between stripping because it gets the undercoat out of the black jacket nicely and then the black furs lay down better. But she still strips my jacket :(

Nelly c

Agatha and Archie said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO its us!!! SANTA VACCA DO NOT LET HER TOUCH YOU!!! or you will look like us...They try to do it themselves ..I have learned a new technique myself which is to PUT UP A GIANT FUSS and then they will leave you alone. and also say you look awfull BUT I WON DIDN'T I!! Love Ags who HATES being groomed and my brother the nerd who LOVES IT

Sherry said...

The Coat King only seems to work when the coat is somewhat long. Recently on my Airedale list, several people reported a preference for the Furminator because it has less of a tendency to break the hairs than the Coat King.

Eubie said...

Ciao Lucia, quella rustica della mia umana ha smesso di stripparmi da che ho messo zampa in casa sua. Prima il mio proprietario allevatore mi teneva sempre ben curato, ora sono quasi più pecora che terrier... Ho il pelo della testa talmente imbiondito che posso passare per enzo paolo turchi...vieni a farti un giro sul mio blog, almeno posso abbaiare in italiano, "santa vacca!" bellissima espressione, complimenti, zampa il cinque!

Eubie said...

Ciao Lucia bella! Sono ancora io, Eubie, il fox terrier italiano!I thought you lived in Italia,and I was very happy thinkin that maybe one day I could be your special friend (fidanzato),also if I'm smaller than you,I have a lovable terrier heart!Please come again in my blog, be my friend and if u want u can add your beautiful muso on my dogbook (guestbook) so I can watch your bella aire-face all the time!I'm a cane romantico!Ciao bellissima, saluti alla tua ragazza. You know that my ragazza live near Lake Como,beautiful city and lake, perfect for walking paw to paw!

Chicco said...

Ciao lucia! Ho appena trovato il tuo blog, molto bello! Sai anche io sono italiano, mi chiamo Chicco.
Ti va di visitare il mio blog??? ti aspetto.
Woof, woof,


P.S. sono diventato tuo seguitore

Anonymous said...

Just be extra careful. That little angel is so precious that I don’t wanna see her hurt even a bit! Isn’t she adorable? Grooming is very intricate process, so I hope you’ll finish it successfully. I can’t wait to see her new fur cut. Anway, I happened to stop by. See ya around guys!

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Lucia, we love your new walking jacket. The color red is just really beautiful. Now you can be nice and warm when you go for those cold winter walks. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.
World of Animals

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