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It seems popular to shorten Irish Setter tail feathering these days. I've never considered doing it before, although I do trim the end of the tail.
Rory's tail feathers are about 8 or 9 inches long at the root, if I decide to do it..........and I may chicken out. How do you do it? Surely I don't have to try to free hand a curve with straight scissors. Could I make a template...........maybe?
I do as Aleks does. plus what Barbara does with the tail. If, as you say your dog has a long tail and not much anywhere else then reducing it improves the overall balance. I also do it bye eye.
Concept has so much coat you would all die if you saw the amount of feathering I used to hack off him, and still do!!!!!
I sent Benson off for his yearly spring time spruce up and he's come back looking like a shawn sheep. The chap responsible has just simply cut off the feathers with a pair of scissors and I've spent the past two hours trying to tidy it up. Damage limitation, you might say.
I normally do it myself, daily brushes, trimmimg and a bath when needed etc but the idea of sending him to a "professional" is to give him a trim for the summer which means taking a little more off than I feel up to. I wish I hadn't bothered as if I wanted him with no coat, I could have done that myself. I've used a local woman since he was a puppy with no problems but she's been ill so had to use a different firm. I was mortified when I saw what he'd done.
The ironic thing is that she's just phoned to say she's up and running again so if I'd waited a week...
:-) :-) Tracy surely you will not compare our supremely beautiful redheads with men and women.... for human indeed, some enhancement can be necessary, but for our beloved IS there is nothing to enhance, they can keep the same robe for ever, they are very simply and naturally, superbly beautiful :-) :-)