Woops – went a bit bonkers!

Saffi went for a muddy walk with my sister Alex and came back looking like a drowned rat.

Saffi soaked in mud

We gave Saffi a bath and as she dried off and slept I trimmed the bits on her head I hadn’t managed to do earlier in the day. Only thing is, as her hair dried it bounced up and when she was dry all over I realised I’d overdone it ‘slightly’ and her head now looked small and out of proportion to the rest of her body – woops!

So, with my Mum’s help we trimmed her whole body. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it – she’s soft and fluffy but the overall look will take some getting used to. She’ll certainly be easier to keep clean!

Saffi’s new ‘do’



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2 responses to “Woops – went a bit bonkers!

  1. Caroline Hanson-Lowe

    Hi Turi – she still looks absolutely gorgeous! The first hair cut is always traumatic. I remember Sasha, my poodle, coming back from her first really expensive trim at a very pretentious and overpriced doggy salon in the King’s Road, looking virtually bald. I was horrified and it took quite a few days for me to get used to her new look. The good news is that the hair grows back very quickly but you needn’t worry as cockapoos still look wonderful, no matter now long or short their coats! Poodles however can look horrendous if their hair is cut in a particular way – topiary for dogs I call it and it’s not a look to which Sasha aspires!

    I’ve been looking at Biba in the past few days and wondering whether I dare trim some hair that is falling over one eye in particular and is giving her a pirate’s face. I commend you for your bravery in DIY trimming. I haven’t got the nerve quite yet!

    I’ve been recommended a couple of special combs/brushes for a cockapoo coat. I’ll try and post the details on the cockapoo website forum in the next few days.

    I think you are doing a wonderful job in bringing up Saffi. She is one lucky dog to have such caring owners. I also meant to comment on your last post about Saffi’s training classes. She has made much more progress than Biba and is one clever dog!! Those poodle genes must be dominant! Biba has learnt ‘sit’ ‘down’, ‘leave’ and ‘watch me’ in my 3 classes to date. Her attention span is erratic to say the least – when she’s good, she’s very good, but when she’s bad, she’s horrid!

    I am really enjoying your blog, particulary given the closeness in age of Saffi to Biba. Cockapoos are wonderful dogs and I’m in love with mine, despite her foibles.

    Caro x

  2. Hi Caro,

    Thank you for your lovely message – going down to Saffi this morning was a strange experience. It was like having a different dog! I’m sure I’ll get used to the short hair but I definitely won’t be cutting it for a long time yet even though she does feel like velvet!

    I can imagine that Poodles with their fine bone structure look a bit scrawny if they have too much cut off! How do you have Sasha cut? I LOVE uncut Poodles – I think they look fab!

    Re trimming Biba, I’d wait until she’s really sleepy before attacking the ‘pirate’ eye! Saffi wouldn’t stop wiggling and I was so worried I’d hurt her.

    Thank you for your kind words regarding Saffi’s training – we have put in a lot of effort but she is a clever girl and seems to pick things up pretty quickly. Having said that, she may well be more of a handful once adolescence kicks in…only time will tell!

    I think it sounds like Biba is getting on brilliantly… ‘stay’ was the command we struggled with most. Let me know how she gets on in future classes!

    Turi x

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