Keeping her warm…

I think Bella is finally coming out of her shell.

Instead of behaving like a “too-good-to-be-true” kind of puppy like this…

Awwww, what an angel…

She was like this, this morning…

Ugh, what a pain in the a** you are, Bella!

Yes, Bella in full throttle mode can be a bit of nightmare to live with. However, I am very very happy to know that she has put her “bad hair day” behind and returned to be her usual gung-ho self. Cleaning up the mess is absolutely nothing comparing with having to cheer her up when she is so depressed like the past few days. It’s ok, sweetie. Carry on!

However, for Bella, losing her coat in the middle of winter is very unfortunate. Even though I am not into dressing up dogs generally, she will need to wear something to protect herself from the elements until her coat grows back.

These were all she had in her closet until this afternoon…

The tweed one on the right was bought at Pet London on Wigmore Street prior to our holiday in Dartmoor last month. The inside is lined with faux fur which makes this coat very warm.

The black one on the left, which reminded me a motorcycle courier, was the one I ended up buying on that fateful Tuesday for just covering her “naked” back. The shop we dropped in had a variety of coats but none of them except this one appeared to fit her frame. However, the problem with the coat became apparent as we started to walk home. It turned out that Bella was too skinny for the coat and one of her forelegs kept on coming loose from an arm hole where it should have been. Oh dear, we will have to wait until she is a little chubbier…

On a platform at Notting Hill Gate, on our way to Purplebone the pet boutique…

At the boutique, we managed to find what we both liked. A light fleece coat which was also reversible…

Bella seemed to be not minding it much when I tried the coat on her at the shop. I showed the coat to Hubbie when he came home this evening and he loved it too because it was simple and modern but also very cute.

There are never too many coat for a girl like Bella, aren’t there?

Oh well, let’s look for another one in Boxing Day sale, shall we?

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Recovery 

Bella is still not entirely herself.

It may be to do with this damp weather of today. She is definitely subdued and more reflective. All day, she has been resting her furry chin on the edge of her doggie bed and gazing into the distance or curling up tight like a cinnamon bun. Oh baby, I hate to see you behaving like that.

Her mood improved slightly when I took her out late last night for her “spend-a-penny” tour. We found a piece of nylon cord on the street, which must have been discarded from one of the offices nearby, and decided to play with it. Bella always loves chasing after moving objects on the street, and she reacted to the nylon cord exactly as I expected. Like a bull charging the red rag, she started to run after it. She looked so joyful and happy! In the end, we danced with the nylon cord on a deserted side street under the street lamp for more than 15 minutes. Bella was still a five months old pup with loads of energy. Yet, she had to be locked up in a pen, and now, she had to put on a cumbersome winter coat every time she ventured out. It was indeed a lot to put up with.

Chin up, sweetie…

Your hair is growing out as I speak. Every day, it will get longer. And before we know it, you will be a Yorkie with the most gorgeous coat…

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The aftermath…

Ok, you will be the judge. This is how Bella looks this morning…

Isn’t she skinny? I still can’t get used to her new look. Especially, the thinness of the back legs, I just can’t get over it.

It seems Bella can’t get used to her new self either. She is not so self-conscious while she is indoors. However, she acts very erratically once she is out of our building. Like one of those unfortunate hotel guests, who manage to lock themselves out of their room with only a bath towel to cover their otherwise naked bodies, she looks around nervously and pussyfoots the pavement while hugging the wall really close like a spy. Her usual extrovert self seems to have vanished with her shaggy unruly puppy coat. Oh no, what’s wrong, Bella?! She is also jumpy and weary to all the noises which used to mean nothing to her.

Bella’s bad hair day…

I feel for you, Bella.

Hubbie too was shocked by her appearance when he came home last night. He cuddled her in his arms and smiled wearily, ‘At least, she smells nice.’ Oh well, that’s a good thing.

I also bought her a new toy when we hastily chose the coat yesterday. A fluorescent green bird is added to her toy collection…

She loves it!

Bella is venting out her frustration on the toy…

 

I imagine that fur for dogs isn’t just the furry stuff which cover their bodies but it is a vital part of dogs’ sensory systems. By losing it by being shaved, Bella’s skin must feel extra sensitive, and it is freaking her out. Even I notice a definite change in my balance by putting a thin plaster on my toe when I walk. It is because we all have these “it should be normally…”memories in our brain, and we get confused if these memories conflict with the new sensations. Poor Bella went through this drastic change without any prior knewledge or consent. No wonder she is unsettled and upset.

Apparently, she wants to be left alone today. I guess she is trying to make sense out of all the things happened on her yesterday…

I sincerely hope that she will snap out of her gloom soon and play with me like her old self, chasing a lead like a lunatic, and run up to anyone and any dog to say her hi…

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The Pet Spa

‘I’m afraid but you will have to buy her a jumper.’
A groomer who assessed Bella’s coat delivered her verdict apologetically.

‘You see here? They are completely matted and causing her discomfort. Shampooing alone doesn’t do anything. Shaving or doing nothing. I’m afraid but there is no alternative.’ Oh nooooo, she will has to be shaved?! I was hoping that they might have some miracle tricks up their sleeve as The Pet Spa was one of the best dog grooming parlours in London.

While Hubbie found Bella’s “one-shoulder” look ridiculous, I really liked the look of her wild puppy coat and would be very sad if she had to lose it. ‘Don’t you think it looks really rock ‘n’ roll? Her coat is like one of those shaggy sheep skin coats worn by glam rockers!’

I should have been giving her a daily grooming but I couldn’t do it while she was recovering from the fractured elbow. Plus, the area where the vet used swabs during the operation ended up making a part of the coat as solid as felt.

Oh Bella, how I wish if you didn’t have the tumble!

Last chance to see Bella the Shaggy…

The Pet Spa was located on Fulham Road, a stone’s throw from Chelsea Westminster Hospital. It shared the entrance with a hair salon, The Chelsea Chair…

Then, we climbed down the stairs to the spa in the basement…

We arrived a little too early for our appointment but a receptionist received us warmly…

Soon, a groomer, who was to take care of Bella today, appeared, and the aforementioned conversation followed. As much as I missed Bella’s puppy coat, for Bella’s welfare’s sake, I had to bite the bullet and give the groomer the green light to shave her.

Bella with Ria the groomer. She was still unaware of the fate then…

The following is a few images of the reception area at the spa. They sell selected grooming products, toys and treats for dogs and cats…

It was reassuring to see their trophies and certificates on display…

Since I was trusting my precious puppy, the place had to be top-notch.

I was told to come back after two hours, and it was rather cold outside. I walked up and down the street and decided to kill my time at Gail’s.

Today’s my lunch is a sausage roll and latte…

Their sausage roll was as meaty and delectable as usual. I started writing today’s blog entry as I nibbled on the pastry and sipped the latte.

Then, came three o’clock and I walked back to the salon with some apprehension.

The first dog brought out by Ria was not Bella but a Shih Tzu. He was given an amazing haircut and looked absolutely gorgeous. Oh wow! I was in awe.

Then, she brought out my Bella.

Oh my word, she has shrunk! She looked T•I•N•Y!!
However, once the initial shock receded, I could see Ria did a great job for Bella. She smelt divine and looked neat. ‘How long does it usually take Yorkie’s coat to grow back?’ I was desperate to know how long I would have to wait before Bella would get her teddy bear look back. ‘In about three months time?’ Ria replied. Ohhh, that will be the longest three month for me, I groaned.

On the way home, I dropped in a pet boutique and bought Bella a coat as I was worried if she may have caught chill without her puppy fur.

The coat was perfect size-wise but way too plain for my liking. Still, it kept hair-less Bella warm during the journey home, therefore, I shan’t complain.

Bella seemed to be too shattered to be inquisitive and slept in my arm all the way home…

I don’t blame you, Bella. It must have been more than a full-on experience for you today…

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One-shoulder look

For Bella the Fashionista, a one-shoulder look has been a staple look for the past 6 weeks. 

Hey, you rock it, Bella!

I took her to the vet for a routine check-up on her elbow, and I was very happy to be told that everything looked great. While the nurse took her around the surgery so she could say hi to everyone, I ran to the post office down the road to buy a cardboard box for mailing a Christmas parcel to mom. While I was queuing to pay for the box, I spotted a toy ball on sale. Ahhh, Bella will love it! Since her injury, full-size footballs which she used to play with were packed away because the pen was not large enough for them. However, the ball I found was a half-size one and perfect for her to push around in her enclosure.

See what happened next…

She went NUTS!

“Kicking your heels” time is almost over, Bella. Just be patient for two more weeks and you will have an entire floor to run around with the ball…

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