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Hi Leslie and Seamus!
Hi Cousin Lesley... it is really hard to type Lesley with your spelling, my fingers jump to the wrong keys ;-) I'm sure you have the same problem with mine!
I had the same thing happen to me a copule of years ago. My regular groomer had been ill so I sent Benson to someone else as he badly needed a haircut. It wasn't until he lead down on his back that I noticed that they had cut his feathers around his back legs, with a straight pair of scissors. He looked as if he'd been scalped but the ironic thing was they hadn't touched his tail so it did look very odd! It took 6 months before it was back to normal.
I think I'll try a Mars tool and the pumice trick sounds good.
Just to say thank you everyone for the info and i am currently digesting it all
Is it a regular pumice stone like you would use on callouses on your feet or something special? Do you just run it over the hair in the direction it grows?
Edited to add... hmmm. this seemed to jump from where I replied to it to after your pumice related reply to here... oh well, now that I'm here, So the 30 is for the body and the 10 for the feathers? And you use them to break up the knots or mats that occur rather than pulling out undercoat?
Thanks again for your advice!
I have ordered one from Clipper World, so we will be able to compare notes.
No 10 has arrived 2 days after ordering, love online Clipper World and used it tonight on Kerry. Works through the coat very easily and now have a mound of pale dry dead hair. Kerry, who loves to be groomed is prancing around showing off his swishy new feathers. Worth the money.
Looks like Clipper world is in Australia. Does anyone have a good US source? I'm going to try PetEdge.com, although they vanished from their online, they have them in their catalog along with their own look alike version.