It's Thursday already and I'm running around like crazy today. Hunter went to the groomer this morning and while we love her, he shakes the entire ride there(I'm not so sure he loves her). With prices going up, I'm seriously thinking of taking a series of classes on grooming or watching lots(I mean lots)of youtube videos. I may even have to connect with Carol at Murphy & Stanley's home and see how she learned to groom her two doods. Since our grandson is hoping to get a Poodle or Doodle puppy soon, he will also need to learn-so I'm hoping we can do it together. Now, I'm off to the "groomer" aka hair salon for a cut and I'm just hoping she doesn't raise her rates at well. Heavens, even in a small town it is getting pricey, but I love my gal and her skill, so am willing to pay. All of the groomers in town must be in cahoots, because they all raised their rates substantially at the same time. I can tell you that I used to pay $38. for Hunter plus a nice 20% tip, even though she uses her own/old garage space and has no overhead. Now she's raised her prices to $43. and I've lowered my tip by half. Many people I know don't tip their groomers, even though they work in a business. I just met a close friend at the groomers today and she told me she's never tipped her, didn't know you were supposed to. The last several appointments for Hunter weren't as well done, as she no longer has her ex-husband working with her. I feel for her, but also know that every six weeks a tip can add up over the year.
Well, I've got to get ready my appointment. I hope you have a great day and any of you that get your dogs groomed regularly, I'm interested to know your feedback on tipping. Carol, if you are reading this I'm going to need some input.