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Friday, April 22, 2011
Brushing Miracles with Chance
Two years ago, if I had a brush in my hand, Chance practically ran screaming trying to find a place to hide. If I tried to brush him, he tried to snap at me. Food and treats meant nothing to him if a brush was near and for a dog that worshiped food, this was shocking. He was shedding heavily and I was at a loss. All my conventional methods weren't working. So I had to get inventive.
So this takes us through the first year and a half, when I begin to infuse a wire brush into our brushing routine after using the shedding blade for a few minutes. He took to that as well. Soon that was all I was using on him. No problems. This spring I Incorporated a raking comb and he didn't even flinch. Just sat down and waited for me to begin. He is almost my best dog now for brushing. So when I saw him lying in his crater alone because Blaze was gone for the part of the day, he acted like this was the best thing I could think to do for him. He laid there just soaking in the sun and the comfort of being cared for. It was one the most beautiful moments between us and all I could think of was how far we've come together in this part of our journey. It must have been exactly what he needed today and our time was so precious, he never asked for a treat. That was just incredible to me. It was that tender and sweet. He let me know when he was done and after a few hugs and kisses we enjoyed a playful romp with his toys. It doesn't get any better than this. Just me and my Chance.