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What breed of dog has Grinch feet?

DIY Dog Grooming at Home | Basic Dog Grooming and How to Cut a Dog’s Hair

Raising Your Pets, Dogs and Cats Naturally

Raising Your Pets, Dogs and Cats Naturally

Grooming, Trimming and Brushing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

DIY Dog Grooming at Home. Basic Dog Grooming and How to Cut a Dog

No, I’m not a professional dog groomer, nor do I play one on TV. I do, however, bathe, groom, and clip Dexter at home. This article is to share with you my techniques and what has worked for my dog grooming at home. If you are looking for a more professional look, I would highly recommend taking your dog to your local groomer or even taking a few pet grooming courses yourself. If you don’t have a groomer you love, ask your friends for recommendations.

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How Often to Give a Dog a Bath

It depends. That’s a great answer to almost any question. But it really does. If you are using a natural dog shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives, you can feel comfortable bathing your dog as often as needed. For Dexter, during allergy season, he tends to get a bath every two weeks. During the off-season, it’s more like every three to four weeks.

How Often to Brush a Dog

Ideally, this would be daily! Brushing and combing your dog daily will not only assist in keeping your dog’s coat tangle-free, but it is also a great way to examine your dog. Dog grooming isn’t just about getting a clean and shiny dog; it’s also a way to bond with your dog and check him over for lumps and bumps. If you brush your dog daily, you are unlikely to have any tangles or mats to deal with. If your dog is uncomfortable being brushed or touched, read my article Stress-Free Dog Brushing.

Dexter’s Daily Brushing Routine

When brushing your dog, it’s important to go slowly and to be gentle. You can talk to your dog and even give your dog a healthy treat during the process. You want grooming to be enjoyable for both you and your dog.

When I brush Dexter, I start at the top of his head and work my way down. I typically rotate between a steel dog grooming comb and a slicker brush. The first big part for Dexter is his big, fluffy ears. It’s important for long-haired dogs like Dexter to get every nook and cranny so that they do not develop mats. I gently lift Dexter’s ears up as I comb underneath his ears. If I do find a snaggle, then I hold the mat at the base and start at the end and work my way up to the base. After working the underside of his ears, I do the outside of his ears. I do this the same way, from the top down, unless there is a mat or tangle.

Next, I work my way from under his neck and chest area. After his chest, I ask Dexter to lie down and roll over to his side. I then proceed to brush under his armpits, belly, legs, side and hips. When manipulating his legs to brush under them, I am careful to make sure I am gently moving his legs in a natural fashion.

How to Trim a Dog’s Furry Feet

Some dogs, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, have what are referred to as slippers on their feet. Some people call them Grinch feet. The breed standard suggests keeping the Cavalier’s slippers intact on top. However, it’s important to keep the underside of a dog’s foot clean and fur-free. This excess hair can actually knot up inside the paw pads and cause slipping and injury.

DIY Dog Grooming at Home. Basic Dog Grooming and How to Cut a Dog

I do not follow show standards, and I do trim the top of Dexter’s feet, too. He’s a pretty active boy and his furry feet act as sponges! If you decide to keep the tops of your dog’s feet furry, it’s important to brush the fur between the pads regularly, so they do not develop mats. Simply place your finger in between the toes and bring the fur upward to comb.

DIY Dog Grooming at Home. Basic Dog Grooming and How to Cut a Dog

For Dexter, I ask him to lie down and flip him to one side. I then gently pick up one foot as I take the clippers and move the edge of the clipper inside the toe pad and scoop the fur out. Be careful not to dig too deep with the clippers; you don’t want to cause a burn or rash.

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Dog grooming / Pet grooming Services Serving the Edwardsville, IL Area

We are pleased to offer a full array of dog grooming services for your special pet right in our store and bakery on Main Street in Edwardsville, IL. We have all the right equipment and experienced, caring groomers to pamper your dog. Whether you’re looking for a complete dog grooming package, a good bathing or just need help getting your pet’s ears cleaned or teeth brushed, Whisker Bones Supply Co. can help! Check out our FAQs

Our dog grooming salon is staffed by experienced groomers with a passion for dogs and ensuring that everything is done just right. We know that you will be pleased with one of our many packages!

An example of our pricing is listed below. We have simplified our pricing structure based on size of the pet and not breed. Prices are subject to change based on condition of coat and hair length etc.


Monday — Sunday — 8:30 AM to Done
Closed on all major holidays

A member of our pack will call you as soon as your pet is finished. We operate a little differently. we don’t want to hold your dog all day in a kennel. It is stressful for them to be cooped up so long without food and water and we really do want their grooming experience to be as pleasant as possible so they’ll want to come back. Expect a full groom to take 2-3 hours or so. If you have a specific time you need your pet picked up, please notify us at time of drop off and we will try our «darndest» to accommodate.

All of our dog grooming services are available at our store , conveniently located at 138 N. Main Street, Edwardsville IL 62025. 618-593-3603

Pet Grooming Packages

We proudly use Nootie products. an all-natural, botanically-based line.

We provide a range of pricing below. All grooming ranges are estimates until we see your fur baby in person. We don’t want there to be any surprises for your pocket book, but we also must take into account what is best for your pet.

Squeaky Clean (Basic Bath): Shampoo, blow dry, massage, nail trim, ear cleaning, plucking, light brushing, teeth brushing and fragrance. (Anal glands expressed upon request)

Large Long Hair/Double Coat

XXLarge Short Hair (100lbs+)

(Great Dane/Short Haired Mastiff)

XXLarge Long Hair (100lbs+)

(St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees/Long Haired Mastiff)

*Please note: Long haired breeds will need be upgraded to the Buff-n-Puff if there is a chance of matting when wet or matting is found during consultation.

Buff-n-Puff (Just a Trim): Includes everything in the Squeaky Clean Package plus a face trim, sanitary trim, 15 minute brush out, scissoring feet, shaving paw pads and a bandana/bows (if requested).

Large Long Hair/ Double Coat (55-74lbs)

Sittin’ Pretty (All-Over Cut and Style): Includes everything in the Squeaky Clean and Buff-n-Puff packages plus an all over haircut/blade shave and style.

Small/Medium (16 — 34lbs)

(Cocker Spaniels/King Charles Spaniels/Cocker-poos)

Clip Comb & Hand scissor / Style Clip:

Add $5 for Small/Medium. Add $10 for Large. Add $15 for X-Large.

Full Hand Scissor Cut:

Add $10 per half hour for Small/Medium dogs.

Add $20 per half hour for Large dogs.

Add $30 per half hour for X-Large dogs.


De-Matting not to exceed 30 minutes. we will refer you to a vet if it will take longer.

Add $5 for every 15 minutes for Small/ Med. dogs.

Add $10 for every 15 minutes for Large dogs.

Add $20 for every 15 minutes for X-Large dogs.

(these are our once or twice a year dogs):

Add $10 for Small/Medium dogs.

Add $20 for Large dogs.

Add $30 for X-Large dogs.


Add $5 — $10 depending on time spent and difficulty.

Salon Package Upgrades:

Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo (We do not offer flea dips)

Madra Mor Mud Treatments:

Natural and Organic Mud Bath Treatments To Feed & Hydrate your dogs skin with essential nutrients & essential fatty acids.

Madra Mór Muds are made with wholesome ingredients according to strict Ecocert guidelines, ensuring an all-natural, eco-friendly product free of the harsh detergents that were upsetting our dogs.
We have four formulas to choose from:

  • Shed Safely Mud
  • Mobility Mud
  • Soothing Mud
  • Fortifying Mud

Teacup (under 8lbs): $10
Small (under 15lbs): $15
Small/Medium (16-35lbs): $20
Medium (36-55lbs): $25
Large (56-75lbs)
Lg. Dbl. Coat (56-75bs): $30
XL (75-99lbs): $35
XXL (100lbs+): $40

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Jim Carrey plays the title role in this live-action remake of the holiday classic, adding a modern twist to the rather simple animated version. In the film, the Grinch has worthy motives for squelching the Christmas fun, including childhood trauma inflicted by certain Whoville residents, as well as an aversion to the Who’s rabid holiday commercialism—and, of course, all the «noise, noise, noise!

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Poster for How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Release Date: November 17, 2000
Certification: Modified Certification

The Grinch’s loyal dog Max is back as well, and is played by six different mixed-breed shelter rescues: Kelly, Chip, Topsy, Stella, Zelda, and Bo. The dogs all wore a lightweight headpiece with long ears attached, and for the flying sequences wore an additional antler headpiece as well as fur-covered harnesses to secure the dogs in place. Kelly also wore a fur-covered harness in a scene where the Grinch and Max hide in the mailroom. They were suspended in the upper corner near the ceiling, while a crewmember held cables connected to four points on the harness from his position behind both the Grinch and the ceiling. The crewmember securely held the cables for the entirety of the scene, ensuring that there was no chance of Kelly falling.

While in the mailroom, Max tries to dissuade the Grinch from mixing up the Who’s mail. Max grabs the Grinch’s robe from behind and swings around as the Grinch attempts to dislodge him. To accomplish this, a handle device was attached to the Grinch and hidden under the folds of his costume. Chip was trained to grab it and hang from it, and the tape was sped up to achieve the illusion of Max being rapidly swung around. Max and the Grinch soon depart Whoville via a tunnel leading directly to the Grinch’s cave on Mt. Crumpit. The dog’s action was filmed in front of a blue screen The tunnel was actually generated in the computer. The trainer cued Stella (and Zelda) to roll on her side and hide her eyes. A blue screen also helped to make it appear as though Max was falling. Once out of the tunnel, the dog landed onto mattresses covered with fake snow. For the scene, Stella and Zelda wore a harness attached to cables and were lowered in the harness approximately six feet out of the tunnel to simulate falling. Max then carries a bag of “hazardous waste” in his mouth up the mountain. This was actually a very light bag filled with other bags. Also, the snow-covered Mt.Crumpit and Whoville were achieved on the set with fake snow—Max never suffered from the cold—and trainers protected the dogs’ eyes with Opti-Clean eyewash.

In the cave, Max is unamused by his master’s negativity regarding Christmas, but stands by him nonetheless. For the following sequences, the trainer cued the dog with various commands: “on your feet,” “pick it up,” “hold it,” “look here,” and the basic “sit,” “stay,” and “speak.” After Max presented the Grinch with Cindy-Lou Who’s invitation to the “Holiday Cheer-Meister of the Year Award” ceremony, the trainer removed the paper from the dog’s mouth and rewarded her with a treat. Also, a stuffy was used when the Grinch cold-heartedly kicks Max—who was excitedly Jingle Bell-Rockin’ at the Grinch’s decision to go to the ceremony—through the air.

Still in the cave, Max dons a hard hat with a miner’s light and carries a wrench in his mouth to hand over to the Grinch. Both the welding hat and the wrench were made of lightweight plastic, and there was a treat waiting in the toolbox for Max when he deposited the wrench back into the box. To get Max to watch the Grinch during his monologues, Jim Carrey’s stand-in would give the dog plenty of treats for being attentive during rehearsal, so that when filming began, the dog knew she’d be rewarded for her behavior.

During the Grinch’s Christmas Eve pillage, he encounters a cat in one of the Whoville homes. The Grinch wrestles with the cat and then “Whoovers” him up in his handy vacuum tube. The kitty’s fur was blown by a hair dryer on a low, cool speed to simulate vacuum pressure. To create the illusion of the cat being drawn into the vacuum, a fur-covered harness with a piece of filament wire was attached to the cat. When the trainer pulled the wire, the cat was gently pulled along with it. The cat was very calm and laid-back throughout filming. The cat bulge in the vacuum tube was actually a stuffy, and the entire sequence was enhanced with digital computer effects. Also, when the feline seemingly landed on the Grinch’s face, Jim Carrey was actually lying on the padded floor while a trainer gently placed the cat in his outstretched hands. Afterwards, another trainer took the cat from him and out of the frame. The mouse in the previous scene was also delicately handled, while the termites and moths were computer generated.

Extreme safety precautions were taken for Max’s sleigh rides. The dog was strapped into the sleigh by a fur-covered harness that was connected by a swivel hook and rope to the sleigh itself. The rope was loose enough so Kelly—who did most of the sleigh work—could move, but tight enough so she could not slip or attempt to jump out. Trainers were suspended from above the sleigh, situated directly in front of the dog and above the camera, verbally cueing her to stay in place. When the sleigh took off, there was a crewmember standing directly below as an added safety measure. To achieve the illusion of Max pulling the sleigh up Mt. Crumpit, Kelly wore a full-body harness covered in fur and tied with a piece of filament wire. The trainer hid in a crane box directly in front of Kelly, cueing her to “come.” As Kelly pulled against the filament wire with her body, it appeared as though she was actually pulling the sleigh, even though she clearly wasn’t. There was also a compartment and ramp built underneath the hill, which was covered with a large blanket of cotton with a slit cut into it for the dog to “break through.” This created the illusion of Max being buried in the snow as he strained up Mt. Crumpit with the sleigh in tow. The sleigh was actually being moved forwards and backwards by hydraulics. Once the hydraulics had moved the sleigh, the trainer verbally cued Kelly to lie down on her side to act exhausted from the exertion. Also, most of the lurching and flying sleigh scenes were filmed in front of a blue screen, with the sky and snow backgrounds added in post production. And, of course, the dogs had absolutely no contact with the Grinch’s whip.

Max’s Reward

While the Grinch’s heart literally—and painfully—grows to match his newfound love for humanity, Max barks and whines in distress along with his master. For this scene, Max’s part was filmed separately so that she wouldn’t be frightened by the Grinch’s sudden attack. The dog was reacting to the trainer’s cues rather than to the Grinch’s antics. Soon after, however, the Grinch finally professes his love for his canine companion, and Max affectionately licks his master’s face. The trainer prompted the dog to do this by placing baby food on the actor’s cheek. Yet Max’s ultimate reward, perhaps, is his hearty serving of “roast beast,” as he revels in the Christmas celebration in Whoville. The dog obediently sat at the crowded dinner table after the trainer told her to “stay,” and enjoyed a helping of ham.

For more Max news, see “How Max Stole the Show” to discover what happened to the real-life pooches after the cameras stopped rolling…

How Max Stole the Show

As one of the most highly anticipated movies of the Holiday 2000 season, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas features Jim Carrey as the hairy, green Christmas menace intent on destroying the Yuletide cheer for the people of Whoville. Unlike the animated version, this Grinch is somewhat of a tortured soul, and his hatred for the holiday goes beyond Santa and “roast beast”—this time the Grinch takes it personally, and it’s Cindy-Lou Who (played by Taylor Momsen) who must finally convince the heart-challenged Grinch what Christmas is really all about.

Along for the wild ride is the Grinch’s trusty dog Max, and though he objects to his master’s penchant for wreaking havoc, his loyalty never wavers. Yet Max is much more than just the Grinch’s loyal dog and unwitting accomplice, he’s also his moral compass—Max expressively reprimands the Green One for his wicked ways with those big brown eyes and a few well-meaning barks; his means of transport—that Grinch is such a sleigh-driver!; as well a provider of warmth and affection to a seemingly unlovable creature. In fact, Max may be the true hero of the story, as his humor, devotion, and likeability outshine even the Whos down in Whoville.

Max the Method Actor

Max was actually played by six different dogs, and all were mixed-breed shelter rescues. The two lead dogs were Kelly and Chip—with Kelly doing most of the stunts—and the other four were Topsy, Stella, Zelda, and Bo. Animal trainer Roger Schumacher spent 3 and 1/2 months practicing with the animals prior to filming to perfect their stunts and acclimate them to the set environment. This period not only allowed the canine stars to become their character, but also allowed the trainers to discern which particular behaviors each dog was comfortable doing. As a rule, the animals were only expected to perform the actions they were willing to do based on their individual personalities and physical capabilities. Topsy, for example, was the resident scratcher, while Zelda was trained to scoot in a sitting position. She struts her stuff in the film when Max is forced to smooch the materialistic mayor of Whoville and then scoots off in disgust. Bo’s special trick was pulling the sleigh and Stella’s was to speak and back up.

In case you’re wondering if the dogs were initially frightened of Carrey in full Grinch-regalia, AHA monitored the pre-production training and observed that the dogs were desensitized to all of the actors’ make-up and costumes during training, as well as familiarized with their own costumes and safety devices. For example, Max’s antlers and long, floppy ears were actually a lightweight headpiece that the dogs wore throughout their training, and by the time filming began, the little divas were well adjusted to their accoutrements. Max also adorns a mini hardhat and Rudolph nose, although he gets to swipe off the clownish, red nose with his paws in the movie.

Shelter Stars

Many television and movie star dogs are actually “discovered” as orphans at local animal shelters or pounds. Happy, who stars in TV’s “7th Heaven” was rescued from a veterinarian’s office, and J.J. is a yellow lab that was rescued from the pound and stars in the upcoming movie “The Mexican” with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Schumacher often finds dogs with star potential at pounds, and actually discovered all six “Max” dogs at local shelters. Although he does look for qualities such as playfulness and a lack of shy and skittish behavior, Schumacher states that he does not wait to find one particular “fit” for a role. The “Max” dogs, after all, had their hair dyed and trimmed to resemble one another, and each had their own distinctive personality.

A strong, individual personality is just one of the perks of adopting a shelter animal. Having already “lived a little,” all of the dogs on the Grinch have a unique disposition. Stella, the speaking Max, is sweet and gentle and docile while Topsy can be downright stubborn! Topsy’s new owner, Marnie Cooper—who was also the acting coach for Taylor Momsen, AKA little Cindy-Lou Who—adores Topsy’s strong will and loving demeanor, and finds her new pet well-suited to her home. In fact, all of the four new “Max” dog owners—in addition to Schumacher, who kept the lead dogs, Kelly and Chip—find their movie star pets loving and sweet, with great personalities.

In addition to their inherent charm, the dogs’ film training socialized the animals, teaching them to be responsive to direction and, perhaps most importantly, ensured that they were housebroken! As a bonus, most of the new “Max” owners find that their little star can do tricks they hadn’t seen before. Bryan Ellenburg, Bo’s owner, thought that Bo just didn’t enjoy his walks because he would often strain against his leash. Then Ellenburg realized that he’d been inadvertently signaling Bo to strain forward—Bo must’ve thought he was still pulling the Grinch’s sleigh!

Animal Magnetism

Stella’s owner, Orly Kroh-Trifman, knows about patience. After months of watching the six “Max” dogs training on the Universal lot outside her office window, she decided that she had to have one of the little “mutts.” Similarly, when Marnie Cooper first laid eyes on Topsy, she knew that she was the one. Both Kroh-Trifman and Cooper visited their future pet on the Grinch set almost daily, and found it increasingly difficult to wait for the day they’d be allowed to take their dog home. About 8 months later, they were finally able to leave the set with their new family member—Kroh-Trifman with Stella, and Cooper with Topsy—and they’ve been ecstatic ever since.

Schumacher actually begins the process of finding a home for his rescues almost immediately. He finds, however, that once the dogs are on a film set, there are usually cast and crew members—and people peeking through their office windows—who want to adopt a pet and approach him first. In order to properly match the dog with his or her prospective owner, Schumacher talks to the interested parties about their background with pets, and also observes them with the animal to discover whether or not they’ll make good owners. If he cannot place a dog after wrapping a film, the dog lives with Schumacher in the interim; the dogs never go back to the pound or shelter.

Happy Ending

It’s been quite a journey for the “Max” dogs. They’ve been rescued from shelters, trained to be movie stars, snagged a major motion picture, adopted into loving, secure homes, and finally—at least for Topsy, Stella, Zelda, and Bo—retired from show business. Although it was a brief career, their paw print has been made—and judging by the potential blockbuster-status of the Dr. Seuss classic, it won’t go unnoticed.

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