Yesterday, me wented to ringcraft, where me will learn to be a showgirl. Me has to learn to stand square and straight while a person be feeling me all over and looking at me. It be hard to stay still. Me also has to learn to trot up and down the hall nicely. That be really hard as there be lots of nice sniffy smells on the floor and lots of doggies in the hall to say hello too, but me only be a baby and teacher and mummy says me can just enjoy being there at moment and watching and learning.
At weekend mummy tell me I was going to be stripped. Me is getting bit worried as me no want to be a showgirl stripper! Mummy explained is to groom me so I look pretty and so my hairs grow nice and wiry.
This be all the things that mummy needs for stripping me. They be (clockwise from top):
*A foot file (white thingy). Mummy use this to strip hair in delicate places like tops of my thighs. She can grip hairs with it and is less painful than the stripping knives.
*Scissors. There be normal scissors for trimming round my feets. They supposed to be "small and cat like" according to breed standard, but at moment they be big puppy feets! There also be baby scissors with no pointy bit to cut out hair between my paw pads so it no get tangled and sore. Other scissors be one bladed thinning scissors for my tail.
*Brush to brush me after stripping to make all my furs lie flat and shiny.
*Terrier pin pad for my furnishings. That be my leggies, beard/moustache and chest fur. It be left longer than rest of hairs.
*Stripping knives. There be three different ones. One be for saddle (black furs), one for neck and shoulders and one for face.
*Comb for fluffing up leggy and face fur so mummy can see which bits be longer and need pulling out with finger and thumb.
This be some of my furs from my back. See how it be grey and white? Is dead puppy furs. The furs left on me be new black wiry furs. There be a carrier bag full of these grey fluffy furs!
See, me looks all little and skinny again now that me is not all fluffy! As me gets bigger, me will lose all black furs on top of leggies and face and just have black saddle like all the grown up Airedales. My head and face hair no be ready for stripping yet, so me still has a big fluffy puppy head!
Can you see what me be watching?
Me is watching Caesar Millan. Me likes doggie programmes! Me no likes some things that he does to doggies, but me likes to watch the doggies and wag my tail. Can you see Oscar's piccie beside the television?
Me went closer so me could see doggies better, but mummy made me stop watching as she said me will get square eyes! Me watched fishies instead. One of the guppy fishies had lots and lots of babies. There be about fifty teeny babies. Daddy putted them in a special net tank inside the aquarium so other fishies no eated them all up.
My other news is that me losed two of my puppy teethies at bottom front of my mouth. Tooth fairy no be coming though cos me eated them! New teethies be there already. Me also has two big girl teethies at front of mouthy at top, but my baby teethies still be there behind them so me is like a shark with two rows of teethies, snap!