1. Drop Sunny off at groomer in the morning (lovely location, friendly attendant.)
2. Wait several hours.
3. Pick Sunny up -- minus most of her hair. ("Is this for sure our dog?" ran through our minds more than once.)
4. Bring Sunny home.
5. Call the vet after a few hours of anxiously observing our lethargic dog. "Has Sunny had a stroke? "What's the matter with Sunny?" (All the while, "Is this really even Sunny?" is still running through our minds.)
For the record, Sunny did not have a stroke, and Sunny's experience was not the salon's fault. Sunny is a rescue, and she tends to be a bit more anxious than the norm. (BUT, she has blossomed into the most delightful and charming of all dogs, anywhere.)
The next morning she was herself again. Sighs of relief.
Given Sunny's anxiety, we then decided to try one of the mobile pet vans. The van came to our house. It was much less stressful, but MUCH more expensive.
I've been the official Sunny groomer ever since.
Have you ever groomed your own dog?