Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ear Gluing

Rummy's low ear set (pre-gluing)

Finally, the day came when Rummy got his ears glued. We had to rectify his low ear set, and as we've mentioned before, the lower tips of Rummy's ear leather fall below the eye level, and that is a bit too low. If we don't do anything about it, it will start looking like hound ears, and that is a fault in the show ring. The gluing is purely for vanity sake, and it is fairly common to have Terrier ears glued down.
So we went into the craft/grooming room, and on to the table Rummy was set. I knew what it was all about, since I had my ears glued by Mum several times, so I was there to give Rummy support. Come to think of it, I've been sticking close to Rummy whenever he is awake, and we keep each other company through everything. We've only been together 2 weeks now, but we are very close.
Mum took out her grooming box, and all her tools, to firstly clean Rummy's ears out, then shave off necessary fur, and keep some so that the glue had something to hold on to.
While Rummy chills out on the table, I lay quietly on the floor and watch

One of the best things that comes with being on the grooming table is that there are tonnes of treats to go around. Not only the 'victim' of grooming gets treats, whoever is canine in the grooming room gets treats too. That means me. Woo Hoo!
Rummy with ears set slightly higher (Post-gluing)

Notice how the lower tip of his ear leather is no longer an inch below his eye level. The ear leather closer to his skull is glued down to his face, but the part further out is left totally open so that he can still have air circulation to his ears. Immediately after gluing, Rummy gets a brand new bully stick, and a piece of pork hock, and all I got was a piece of pork hock.

I really felt like having a piece of bully stick too. Oh well..... such is life. We don't always get what we want. Mum says that when we don't always get what we want, it helps us to appreciate what we do have. It stops us from becoming too self-indulgent and spoilt. She applies this rationale to herself as well.

Rummy with his cross section of a pork hock. He loves eating raw food. With his ears freshly glued, Rummy gets distracted by new treats and it takes a long while to chew and eat this stuff, so Rummy gets distracted for a very long time while the glue sets and dries. He didn't even try to scratch it off. He doesn't seem to notice it.

Ok Rummy, you can have my pork hock treat too.

Chomping chomping through cartilage and a bit of knuckle bone
All done.



At 2:49 PM, Blogger Maggie and Mitch said...

You guys are just so adorable together! You will be just as handsome as Kimi is, Rummy!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


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