Doggy grooming @ Mutt Ugly: review and CUTE pix. A Vicki and Dora how to

By | July 30 2012 | 8 Comments

Step One: Brushing

We’ve given you a heads up about beauty treatments for pets before – Lynnie’s Boris loves his pawdicures dontcha know – and I dispatched my dogs Jacko and Dora to try out the facilities at Mutt Ugly last week (read more about this pet beauty salon here).

Jacko visited to be groomed and when he returned he looked (and smelled) like he’d been to a spa.  I wanted to know more about how the magic happened, so myself and Dora enrolled in a grooming class

Mutt Ugly is also a doggy day care, and was puppy heaven when I arrived – about 20 dogs all hanging out. Head groomer Lyndsay talked us through what we’d be doing with Dora, and I learned I’d be largely grooming her myself. Eeeek.

Step One: Dora is a Norfolk Terrier mix, and has a half wiry coat so we didn’t use an electric clippers. I had to brush her with a curved, wire brush all over which she loved.

Step Two: I sheared her with a variety of bladed combs, taking all the heaviness out of her coat.


Step Three: This was the fun bit. As Dora is wiry, she is pluckable – yep, like a chicken! I spent a good fifteen minutes plucking all her excess hair which just popped out no bother to her at all.


Step Four: Bath time! This she did not like so much,  but I enjoyed it. She was shampooed and rinsed three times – did you know that if you don’t rinse your doggy properly they can get dermatitis from the suds? Lyndsay was very thorough and helpful throughout. After towel drying, Dora was then hand blow-dryed with a vacuum-esque contraption, and then shoved in “The Oven”, a pleasant 22 degree celsius box.

Bath time.


Step Five: After more blow drying back on the table, it was trimming time. I trimmed Dora’s paws, legs, tummy and bum as instructed (and may have made a slight balls of it several times). I got to give her the impression of having little bum cheeks and shoulders with clevering contouring – who says it’s just for humans?


Step Six: Cos I was crap with the scissors, Lyndsay tidied up her precious face and head expertly. Then we decided to have some fun and temporarily dye her little Norfolk fringe and her tail tip pink! Totally safe by the way – and she seemed to love it! It had faded out by the next morning, which made me sad but was probably for the best.

Pinky! Look at the glee on my face.

All in all, we had a fab experience in Mutt Ugly. The class lasts three hours and costs €65 for two owners and one dog, and your dog gets a mini groom (the full one includes anal gland emptying [!!], breath freshening, nail filing, talc application and a gorge little bandana).

I now know how to keep Dora looking neat and best of all, comfortable in between full grooms, and it was a great night out for the little family – Jacko came along too, had the LOLZ with all the other dogs and even got a bath himself!

Vicki was a guest of Mutt Ugly, Ranelagh. 

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8 Replies to "Doggy grooming @ Mutt Ugly: review and CUTE pix. A Vicki and Dora how to"

  • LauraLou says:

    Dora is sooo cute!! My dog would hate this, she’d just look at me with her big eyes. Couldnt cope !! haha

  • Janet says:

    Lovely pic of U both
    I’d love to bring my 2 dogs but I’d say pitbulls wouldn’t be allowed
    I’ll give them a call and ask

  • Vicki says:

    Dora can be a total diva, so I was concerned how she’d react but she LOVED it. Suppose she was the centre of attention for about three hours, which is always nice in her world…

  • Fifibelle says:

    Soooo cute!!

  • ladyelvis says:

    Dora, what a beauty! My pooch goes to Mutt Ugly in Ringsend for the past few years and I’ve often wondered what actually happens while she’s there. Suffice to say she goes in a scruffy Duffy and comes out a gorgeous sweet smelling show dog!

  • Just a heads up, Girls, I was searching for a Furminator (bladed brush to eliminate shedding) for the past couple of months. They’re $62 online, €52 in Pet Store Superstore and €20 in Clonsilla Vets. Saved myself €32 for a five minute drive!

    Diesel (our big soppy rottie) is like a new Madra. Sleek & shiny AND we’re no longer dealing with humongous black tumbleweeds in the house :)

  • Jenny says:

    I did this course with my dog Ollie a few years ago and it was great. I have 2 long haired dogs now, so it would cost a fortune to get them groomed every 2 months. So now I can eek the time between grooms out and keep them comfortable. Well worth it!

  • Karina says:

    My mini yorkie, Ralph – love love LOVES his trips to Mutt Ugly They treat him so well and he smells like heaven after a day of pampering a socialising with the other pooches!

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