I will begin working in the grooming room next week!! The Groomer talked to the Boss Man, and they decided it would be fine for me to start working in there. She said she was excited to have me start, which made me feel really good since it’s a pretty tiny groom room and she was saying it was important to get along with whoever you were working with in such a tiny space! So that must mean she thinks she’ll be able to tolerate me. 😉
I think I’ll be starting off working about three days in the groom room, and then also still work in boarding as well. She was telling me that when the last bather started, they began booking more dogs to do since it wasn’t just the Groomer and the part-time bather working anymore, and they could get to more dogs. When the bather left, they were pretty much screwed, since they still had that many dogs to do and couldn’t just un-book the appointments!
I’m pretty sure I’ll love it though, so after a few weeks I’ll let her know that I’m definitely on-board, and maybe then I can start working in there more often. I won’t be able to learn as quickly if I’m not in there as much as I could be! She was warning me that I’ll be super sore (working muscles I don’t realize I have!) and my hands and arms will get really dry. (being in the water all day!) She said after a few weeks my body should be acclimating to it, as long as I can hang in there! I know I’ll be able to though; perhaps I can talk Lucas into giving me some back massages. 😉
The Groomer also gave me some magazines and an older version of the AKC (American Kennel Club) book, plus another dog grooming book to look through. The latter one she wants back, but is letting me keep the others! That was super nice of her, and she gave me a card to sign up for the Groomer to Groomer magazine for a free year’s subscription! I’m really excited. 😀
She said when she went to school she mostly just learned about dog breeds, the anatomy, and how each one acts for the most part, and learned all of the actual grooming from her apprenticing. There’s a Half Price Books up in Iowa, so when we go up there for Thanksgiving I’m going there to look for some dog anatomy books and other grooming books! Hopefully I can find some good deals.
I’ll definitely be keeping you posted on when I start; I think it’ll be Tuesday and Wednesday starting at nine; they were going to have me come in Thursday too, but I’ll be going up to Iowa then so I’ll have to wait ’til the next week to continue! I can’t wait!!