20th Street Grooming in Houston, Texas, is so close to my house that I can actually walk there, so when it was time for Euri, my English Cocker Spaniel, to be groomed, we took a stroll (more like a run) over there. Euri had no idea what hit him; he was running as fast as he could on our journey – stopping to sniff along the way – and then suddenly we were inside a converted house. I could tell Euri liked the owner and the groomer but once they took him away from me, his enthusiasm waned. Yes, Euri is a mamma’s boy.
A few hours later after dropping Euri off, 20th Street Grooming phoned to let me know that Euri would be ready in 30 minutes. When I walked in, I saw my beautiful Euri. The groomer somehow managed to file his nails despite his displeasure with this particular beauty regime, and I was told he only screamed once. The term they used was yodeled, but I’ve heard Euri and I know it was probably more like a scream. Funnily enough he yodeled when he was being bathed – another activity he strongly dislikes – not when he was having his nails trimmed.
It was hard for me to see all of Euri’s haircut with him jumping all over me – you’d think he was in prison and was being let out for the first time in 20 years – but I finally managed to get him on his back. His belly fur had been trimmed nicely, his leg fur was trimmed as requested, and his groin area was shaved. Hmm, I’d never seen that before. I didn’t request that the entire inside of his back legs be shaved but I was told it was common practice to prevent rashes. I can see how keeping that area shaved would be beneficial since that’s where fleas like to hide; we found one on Euri in that very same area just a few months ago.
Euri no longer smelled like a dog and even his breath was tolerable – is that even possible for a dog? The owner, told me to come back if I wasn’t happy with anything, and made a note to not shave as much on his inner thigh for next time; however, now that I’ve had a chance to brush him, I think it’s OK. This is Houston after all, and with spring just around the corner it will soon be hot again. Next time I go to 20th Street Grooming, I think I’ll ask them to shave the inside of his front legs as well. The groomer has years of experience and has a way with dogs, so even my nervous Euri was OK getting his nails filed – now if that isn’t proof of a good groomer, I don’t know what is.
20th Street Grooming is an example of what makes the Heights so great. It’s a small, family owned business that makes dogs feel at home. In addition to grooming, they have doggy daycare with separate rooms for small and large dogs, and even an outdoor area for the more energetic dogs.
20th Street Grooming is located at 636 West 20th Street, Houston, Texas, 77008. For more information visit their web site at http://20streetgrooming.vpweb.com/default.html or call 713-868-9050. They are open from 7 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday, and 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday.