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The Odd Couple – Poodle and Pug, and HydroDog

Phaedra and Max are very much an odd couple. They offer each other doggie companionship but they speak very different dog languages. Their bodies are built quite differently so I think they sometimes miss cues with each other on what they like or don’t like. Max doesn’t have much of a neck, for example. It’s ironic, because dogs are masters at understanding human body language since they evolved alongside us.

My two little ‘monsters’ the night before their most recent grooming. Inside you’ll see what looks like a brand new dog with Phaedra, and an extremely squeaky clean pug with Max! Also, you’ll learn about HydroDog, the mobile grooming service that I used yesterday.

Phaedra is colorblocking like a pro with her neutral white fur and pops of yellow and blue. She’s wearing yellow bows on her ears and blue doggie nail polish on her toes.

I really like the above picture of Max.

Pugs are so photogenic.

Lasers fully charged!

For Phaedra and Max’s grooming yesterday, we tried out the mobile grooming service called HydroDog. It’s a franchise mobile grooming service that comes to your home to groom your dogs. While they don’t really offer much in the way of a discount even if you book multiple appointments, I like the convenience of having them come to my home.

The groomer arrived in a pickup truck with HydroDog branding and the grooming pod on the back. The grooming pod was surprisingly roomy, had a door that was split in half so the top half could be open for the dogs to look out while the grooming was going on.

The pod itself is self-sufficient. It has its own water, electricity, etc, basically everything needed for grooming within it. The groomer just parks in your driveway and goes at it.

The groomer decided to take Max first, since he would be relatively easy. She bathed him, dremeled his nails, cleaned his wrinkle folds, expressed his anal glands, all the ‘fun’ stuff. He came out smelling like tropical flowers and spazzing out and wasn’t traumatized. He sometimes gets upset when he goes to the groomer but this wasn’t one of them.

She then took Phaedra back for grooming. She started off by shaving Phaedra down first. Then she gave her a medicated bath, basically with soothing stuff for sensitive skin. Then she shaved her again. This actually prevented any razor burn from occurring, so I was pretty impressed. She cleaned out her ears, trimmed her paws, and then decided to paint Phaedra’s nails with doggie nail polish. I was amused because Phaedra hasn’t had her nails painted in a long time. She gave her little bows to finish her off.

She did a great job with making Phaedra’s poofs round. She made sure not to take too much off the top. It always bugs me when they remove too much of her top knot. That didn’t happen this time. It was the groomer’s first time doing a cocker cut for the ears, and she probably could have blended a little more, but I do think they look pretty good.

I typically want Phaedra to be groomed every 6 to 7 weeks. One thing that annoys me about HydroDog is even if I book in advance, they want an appointment every 4 weeks for a discount. Considering that getting Phaedra groomed is just over $100 (Max is smaller, less work, so he’s only $44), I’m not going to do it any often than I feel is necessary. However, I’d happily book out the next 4 appointments for her at 6 week intervals.

Regardless, I felt like the groomer did a good job, so I did book another appointment for Phaedra and Max, though I asked for 6 weeks out and after checking the calendar she only made it for 5 weeks out. I should have checked on my own before agreeing.

HydroDog seems like a nice service because of the convenience of having someone come to your home and groom your dog, but I’m not sure I like certain things about it. They mentioned a multi-dog discount, but I’m not sure if that was applied. They mentioned a discount for booking multiple appointments, but because I want to do 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks, I won’t qualify.

After my next appointment with them, I’ll let you know more about it.

Have you heard of HydroDog? Is HydroDog available in your area?

Services purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://www.sheldegren.com Hallie D

      Seriously, bring her to me!! :)

    • Ollie

      We have a Groomingdales in my area, they’re mobile pet gromming but too expensive and my dog seems to like her salon groomer. I like those extra touches with scarves and bows your dogs are adorable !

      • Phyrra

        I usually pay at least $90 for Phaedra, since she’s a standard poodle. They’re probably the most expensive breed for grooming because they’re labor intensive.

    • Kate

      All the photos are so cute. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the last one. Mua ha ha ha!

      • Phyrra

        Aww thanks Kate!

    • http://fleurs-de-lisa.blogspot.com/ Lisa Neff

      You’re killing me with the laser-eye photo! And you missed a little bit of color-blocking on Phaedra: Her pink skin shows sweetly through her groom in various spots :-)

      • Phyrra


    • Icequeen81

      sweeet her blue paws and his blue and green eye

      • Phyrra

        Yeah it was very cute!

    • http://www.sirvinya.com Sirvinya

      Awww, Phaedra looks all ready for summer and I just love Max’s neck tie! So cute :) We use a mobile groomer for Crunchie as well and he comes out squeaky clean. Not easy with a lab’s multiple fur layers.

      • Phyrra

        I can only imagine! Labs can shed like crazy, too.

    • http://lacqueredpaintedpolished.blogspot.com/ Jessi M

      Gah, love the doggie pictures as always, I can never have enough! I know what you mean about pugs and poodles being on different wavelengths. I have a friend who has a white standard poodle too (named Blanco) and he plays with my pug sometimes. My pug gets tired way before he does! But pugs and poodles are both some of the most loyal and cuddly dogs.

      • Phyrra

        They really are! They’re such great companions.

    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com cinseven13

      I’ve seen a lot more ads for both mobile groomers and vets who make house calls lately. Pricier than going to a storefront/office, but it’s great for those pets who have a nervous breakdown every time you try and get them to their appointment!

    • Dez

      I have a Chihuahua so she doesn’t need to much in the way of grooming, like Max. My daughters usually fight over who gets to bathe her so that job is always done for me. :D Max and Phaedra look great after their grooming! I love the color Phaedra is sporting on her tips. Very chic! I wish my Luna would let me paint her nails but it drives her crazy and she goes into complete psycho mode and smears it on my bed or my clothes. lol

      • Phyrra

        Oh my god, Max needs grooming. He sheds like crazy. They did a deshed treatment on him and it was definitely a necessity. I feel like I’m always vaccuming up Max tumbleweeds. Phaedra, on the other hand, doesn’t shed.

    • http://pearlsquirrel.blogspot.com Silke

      They look so cute! I never took my dog to a groomer before, but I have a dog shaver and give him a trim every now and then. He never looks this nice though, I might have him groomed to get his the hair on his paws trimmer properly as he doesn’t let me touch them..

    • http://manicuredslayer.blogspot.com ManicuredSlayer

      OMG the cuteness!!!! I can’t WAIT to have a pug!! And my my Phaedra looks SO posh!!

      I hear you about dogs and humans….while my son and I have had the flu, our Willow has been glued to our sides. Plus my DH has been out of town a lot the past couple months and she has been a *mess* without her “daddy”.

      We do our own grooming but then again we don’t have a dog like Phaedra who needs specific trimming (that is artistry I tell you!). We’ve discovered if we even say the word “bath” Willow starts getting really excited. Which is a huge difference from our angel dog, Max who HATED being bathed as he got older. And she has really short hair so it’s a quick process for my daughter to bathe her.

      That’s pretty cool to have a home service but I hope they treat you better!!

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    • http://www.hydrodog.com Lara

      Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words. HydroDog is very focused on customer service. I just happened to find your blog today! I wanted to be sure you know you did receive your multi pet discount of $5.00.
      I appreciate your recommendation that we have a discount for everyone who rebooks. I am going to talk to our CEO about this as perhaps we can have one kind for those who do so every 4 weeks and another for those who do so less frequently.
      Thank you also for your sincere and honest feedback as we do appreciate it and we want to be the best.
      I see that Manessa was back towards the beginning of June and you’ve rescheduled in July. Thank You!!!
      Best Wishes,
      Lara Latshaw, NCMG
      CGO HydroDog

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