My Dog Grooming Nightmare. Spruce Ya Pooch Leeds 🐶

Never would I have thought my dog would have had her own little Dog Grooming nightmare like she did…

Back in January this year, I couldn’t get Coco booked into her usual Groomers as she gets really busy and booked up quickly as she’s popular. So I booked in with a Mobile Dog Groomers named Spruce Ya Pooch.

I was honest and told them Coco was slightly matted and needed cutting as soon as possible and they did get me booked in quite quick.

The groomers were friendly enough and polite BUT what they did to my Coco isn’t normal…

Coco was left bald! They had literally skinned my princess. They had shaved her ALL OVER! Grade 1 all over her body. Her fluffy tail, gone. Her long fluffy ears, gone. She was one a Shih Tzu now looked like a PUG!

As I said she was matted in places but they didn’t even try and take the nots out. I left coco with them all fluffy whilst I went to make them a drink and when I came back to the van they had started shaving her. It was too late to say anything, too late to tell them to stop. My baby’s fur had mostly gone! Dropped to the van floor like a tree in winter loosing its leaves.

I decided to leave them too it and go into the house to my mum where we watched them from her bedroom window and we realised straight away they never shut their van doors once, they didn’t even attached her to a lead she could have run off as they did totally let go of her at one point. If she’d had run off she’d have probably come running back to the house with embarrassment poor girl.

Once they’d finished they brought her back to me I said thank and paid them £35! £35 and they had skinned my dog! £35 for them to remove all her features! £35 for them to leave her furless! They told me her fur would be back again in 6-8 weeks. They asked me to write a review on their Facebook page which I said I would but I decided to give it 6-8 weeks and see what Coco’s hair was like by then.

I knew there and then what I wouldn’t be using them again or recommending them to anybody…

I was honestly left heartbroken, ashamed they’d done this to my baby. I felt embarrassed for her! I knew people would look and make comments when we went for walks. Even Coco looked upset she was in a mood and didn’t want any cuddles or kisses from anybody.

After they had left me and my mum were talking and I soon noticed there was blood on the floor. Coco looked so unsettled I knew something was wrong. I picked her up and checked her all over and realised she was cut in several places, she was bleeding badly from her paw, she had been cut on her neck and a little on her belly. 20 minutes I was holding a paper towel on her paw for before it finally stopped, that’s not normal! I messaged them and told them to which they did come back and have a look and told me they’d already put powder on her to stop the bleeding, the didn’t tell me that when they gave her back to me!

After talking with my mum I decided to go out and buy Coco a coat as it was cold in January and I knew for a fact she was going to be freezing on walks, I used to walk her quite last. I went and got her a coat her normal size, medium. Was massive on her. Went back and got a small, too big again, got an extra small. Lovely fit.

Took her for a walk that evening with her harness and coat on. She refused to walk! I had to carry her. Got to end of street and put her down and she ran home!! She didn’t eat, she didn’t want to walk, she didn’t want snuggles or wet nose kisses, she just wasn’t herself. What had they done to her and why?!

I did look at pictures and reviews before booking with Spruce Ya Pooch and they did a shih tzu which looks so cute and that’s why I booked with them. I didn’t know they would do this to my dog. They skinned her, left her with no fur coat, intact her skin was prickly like when a man has his hair cut in grade1.

Coco when from looking like a shih tzu to now looking like a pug.

Looking at pictures on their Facebook page it looks like their still skinning dogs and leaving them with no fur still! They’re butchering them!!

It took until April for Cocos hair to grow back fully. She now thankfully goes to her normal groomers and looks to her normal beautiful self.

It’s absolutely shameful what they did to my dog. I finally wrote a review for their Facebook page in March. 7 weeks after Coco was groomed by them to which I had NO reply up until a couple of days ago where I wrote a comment on one of their pictures of a dog that they had skinned and left with hardly any fur again.

I got a reply, they were rude and really unprofessional. They made threats to come to my mums house and sort this out like adults to which my mum asked them not too and they called her a clown. Is that professional? They even lied and said they had never groomed my dog and never will and told me to go friend some friends. I posted pictures of Coco which was on their Facebook page to which they then realised and said she was a mess and they could have reported me for neglect!

I put screen shots of what they had said to me on my Facebook to which people agreed with me and wrote reviews telling people how unprofessional they were and shouldn’t own a business.

I have been intouch with the British Dog Grooming Association and Spruce Ya Pooch aren’t actually registered with them! Surly that is bad?

I have recently reported them to the RSPCA and hopefully an officer will be intouch with me soon. If they still let them continue to groom I hope they offer them some proper grooming training and advice and they stop skinning dogs!

I wouldn’t wish this on anybody’s dog!

A word of warning always check more then reviews on Facebook, internet etc. Always check bad reviews too!

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🎄 Blogmas | Day 17 | Celebrating Christmas with your dog. #blogmas

It’s our very first Christmas with Coco this year and we are so excited!

She has her own stocking which is already filled with lots of presents from Santa Paws.

At the start of December we took Coco too see Santa Paws for the first time at Dogs Trust and she absolutely loved it! Seeing all the other dogs excited too to see Santa was so heart warming, how many owners wanted to get their dogs involved and get them into the Christmas spirit too was wonderful.

I think especially when Christmas for some people is all about been with family and friends you have to get your dog involved too. After all a dog isn’t just for Christmas. They are your family too. Coco is my little baby, she’s my daughter. Lol!!!!

I am honestly looking forward to seeing Riley and Coco this year on Christmas morning opening presents together. They have this special bond and it’s just amazing to see how much a dog can care about a little boy.

Sometimes I wonder if she knows what he’s been though with cancer, I have read online before that dogs are meant to have this instinct that they know when somebody has been poorly and dogs are meant to be really good therapy for children that have disabilities or are and have been poorly.

And of course Coco will be having Christmas dinner with us too. Chicken, carrots, sprouts, roast potatoes she loves it all! She will most definitely be having a few pigs in blankets too! It is Christmas after all.

I hope you all too will be involving your dogs this Christmas, they deserves presents too. After all they give us the greatest love we could ever know everyday.

Here’s just a few ideasv of things I would suggest getting your dog for Christmas.

  • Dog friendly treats.
  • New toys – something Christmas related.
  • Advent calendar.
  • New blanket or bed.

I’ve even got Coco some Christmas Eve pjs and a Christmas dress to wear during Christmas. She loves dressing up.

Coco’s First Competition🏆

Today we took Coco to our local Dog Show where they were doing lots of different competitions.

I entered Coco into 4 different categories which I thought she had a good chance of winning! Waggliest Tail, Prettiest Bitch, Biggest Smile & Kids Cuddliest Companion.

Kids Cuddliest Companion was first. Riley didn’t want to cuddle her so obviously I had to do my best to make Coco have cuddles the best I could! Unfortunately she didn’t win…

Next up was Waggliest Tail! It’s hard to get your dog to wag their tail on demand! Even a lot of attention Coco didn’t want to wag wag wag! Any loss!

After any category and a rest for Coco it was time for Prettiest Bitch!

If Coco was going to win any of come close I wanted it to be this one!

I gave Coco lots of cuddles and kisses and she sat and looked absolutely gorgeous along with all the other beautiful bitches! Time for the results!🤭

Coco came third!! She looked so happy too with her result!! Smiling away with all the other beautiful winners! I was extremely happy too!!!🥉🥉🥉

We missed the Biggest Smile because we was having a drink! Never mind! We already can’t wait for the next dog show!

So, how was my January?

How was my January? Ha.

Well the new year was fun. Or should I say the 1st of January…

On the second of January Me and Riley extended our family by four feet and welcomed a lovely shih tzu puppy into our family, Coco. But On the same day I ended up bumping my new car that I’d only had over 2 weeks on our gate. Great start to the year! Urgh! Baring in mind my insurance wanted £300…

dint on car...

Alice turned 21! So no longer a teenager, My little sister is definitely growing up! Still miserable. ⬇️

Coco had all her puppy injections so she’s been able to go for her first walk which Riley was soo excited about! She’s a wonderful little walker who likes to be fussed over which is funny. She will sit down and refuse to move. She even had a little visit to PetsAtHome at the end of the month..⬇️

Tbqh I’m actually sat here trying to think of everything that I’ve done in January and it’s not a lot. Like to be January is the month everybody struggles with money and wanting to loose the weight they’ve put on over Christmas. I’ve spent most of January trying to eat all the chocolate I got for Christmas!

I had my hair re-dyed. You know everytime I go to the hairdressers I come out feeling like a brand new women. New hair new attitude!⬇️


And we managed to see the ENT (ears nose and throat) this week & I signed a consent form & Riley’s now on a waiting list to finally have grommets put into his ears to stop all these nasty ear infections he keeps getting. I know it might be strange for you to read but I honestly can’t wait. He gets so much pain from his ears, he gets infection after infection every few weeks now. He doesn’t sleep he’s in that much pain so the grommets will definitely help him and stop the infections!

Oh and I’ve managed to get my car booked in to be fixed!

Here to a wonderful February! 🤞🏻

Introuducing 4 feet 🐾

So me & Riley extended our family and welcomed 4 feet… Introducing Coco.

On the 2nd of January we brought home a beautiful Shih Tzu Coco. We used to have a West Island White Terrier called Mollie but she died just short of 4 years ago. Riley has been asking for a baby sister for some time now, he got a crybaby for christmas from Santa and still asked. I have been wanting to get him a dog for some time now as when he was going through his cancer treatment our Macmillan nurse said dogs are meant to be very therapeutic for cancer patients.

She’s been here nearly 2 weeks now and it feels like shes always been here. Riley adores her and loves chasing her around. He took some getting used to her been here and getting some attention but he loves her & is currently treating her like a baby carrying her around and putting her into bed with a blanket.

I know Riley and Coco are going to be the best of friends. Shes only just turned 10 weeks so she still needs to have her second lot of injections and at 14 weeks we will be able to take her for her first walk outside. We cant wait!!! 

So welcome to the family Coco Marshmallow Twinkletoes Hoult 🐾