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  1. Shirley
    8th January 2022 @ 11:24 am

    Loved this story! I could almost hear the noises the dogs made, Abby in pleasure, Max pissed off! You write so picturesquely, Beth. Wonderful

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:17 pm

      So glad it gave you a giggle, Shirley, thank you. Oh yes, it was the princess VS the misery guts, I’m sure Max hasn’t forgiven me yet! 😀

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  2. Diane Sharp
    8th January 2022 @ 11:40 am

    I love the expression on poor Max’s face!!

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:17 pm

      Ha ha, I know, Diane. Monsieur le tragic, what a baby! 😀

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  3. Linda Hawkswell
    8th January 2022 @ 12:12 pm

    What a wonderful blog post, Beth.
    Aby, you gorgeous girl, I can understand your preening in the mirror, bless you, xx
    You look so handsome, Maxy, I hope you have got over your sulk, xx

    Thank you for sharing, Beth xx

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:19 pm

      Aww, you are kind, Linda, thank you. As you saw, Aby loved her pampering sesh, not so Max. Happily, he is such a sunny character so it wasn’t too long before he got over himself! 😀 xxx

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  4. Lindy Viandier
    8th January 2022 @ 1:18 pm

    This had me crying laughing – I even read some of it aloud to Mr V

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:20 pm

      Ha ha ha, thanks, Lindy, I’m so glad it gave you a giggle. Please apologise to M V for my appalling standard of French. I do try with the language, honest! 😀

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  5. Gisella Patharkar
    8th January 2022 @ 4:26 pm

    I loved your story. When we lived in Virginia across from the Shenandoah river, I had adopted a 3 year old Golden Retriever, but a mix with something much bigger. I proceeded to shampoo and wash her, but as we went for a walk, what did she do? She rubbed deer poop all over her neck and yes she also loved all sorts of puddles.

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:21 pm

      Thank you very much, Gisella. Oh no, what a story! After all that work, you poor thing. :/ Sadly, Max is very similar, he really does not like the whiff of ‘clean’!

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  6. Pam
    8th January 2022 @ 6:38 pm

    Max was just being….Max. Such academy award winning expressions on his face.

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:21 pm

      Ha ha, you are absolutely right, Pam!! 😀

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  7. Sue Johnson
    8th January 2022 @ 9:21 pm

    🤣🤣 All my dogs have been like Max! Love swimming despite the weather but a bath!? How could you! No matter how warm the water or how gently they were massaged, they acted as though I were torturing them.

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:23 pm

      Heh heh heh, what is it about our dogs, Sue? You could see how tragic he was. How Max suffered that day! 😀

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  8. Jemille Williams
    9th January 2022 @ 7:46 am

    What an amusing yarn. Though I cringed when you said that Max fell off the table!
    I was terrified that he’d have been grievously wounded, but how fortunate the plastic chains held, being that she only regularly serviced petits toutous.
    I was sure that they would have given way — and regardless of whether he had been hurt, it would be hell to pay to get him back there!
    What a delight that you had already met the lady and she considered you an amie!

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 12:32 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tale, Jemille. Yes, despite only having fleetingly met Marie-José years ago, she was incredibly generous. I regularly come across Olivier, her husband, working in the orchards. He is also a gem. So sorry about the cringeworthy crisis. Marie-José has pampered Bernese Mountain Dogs in the past, so I knew they would hold.

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  9. Wendy McKay
    9th January 2022 @ 2:59 pm

    If looks could kill, Max could slay an army with that frontal photo- the glare in his eyes is powerful.
    Wendy McKay,
    Woddlawn, Ontario

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 1:00 pm

      Ha ha, oh, I know, Wendy. Max was furious with me! 😀

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  10. Valerie Poore
    9th January 2022 @ 5:04 pm

    Oh Beth

    This was classic. I loved reading how differently Aby and Max responded. Aby is such a lady and Max so much the clumsy boy. It was a delight to read and your grooming lady was a star. Wonderful!

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 1:01 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Val. I’m glad you enjoyed the yarn! Marie-José is such a nice lady. And you’re absolutely right. Aby is ever so girlie, but not Max. He’s allll boy! 😀 xx

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  11. Jean Henrickson
    9th January 2022 @ 11:43 pm

    Another lovely blog, Beth. It is amazing how differences in gender and attitude caused such differences in experiencing the joys of the canine grooming session. The photos really helped too. Well done!

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    • Beth Haslam
      10th January 2022 @ 1:03 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed the blog, Jean, thank you for your kind comments. Aby’s girliness has been a revelation to me, I didn’t realise how feminine she would be! Yes, the photos pretty much told the story by themselves! 😀

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