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The “fur was flying” today in the grooming room at the Nebraska Humane Society. This week’s standout is a very well-behaved canine named Brutus. He is a six-year-old, rough-coated Collie who weighs 78 pounds.
Brutus was surrendered to the shelter because his owner ran into some financial problems. She was nice enough to fill out an owner surrender form, so his new family will know some things about him. Brutus is housetrained. He has lived with children ages nine and six. He is gentle with children and loves to play with them.
Today, Brutus was neutered, microchipped and tested negative for heartworm disease. He was also brought up to date on his vaccinations and had his nails trimmed.
When he was brought to the grooming room, it was clear that Brutus needed help getting rid of his undercoat. This breed has a very dense undercoat that sheds heavily twice a year. His dead undercoat stayed on his body and resembled a carpet. This was worst on his tummy, elbows and rear. The undercoat rake, as well as the groomer’s upper body, really got a workout. Although he didn’t have mats, per se, eliminating this undercoat did pull on his skin. Luckily for him, he was under the influence of pre-anesthetic, so he was not as uncomfortable as he could have been. Finally, he was brushed with a slicker brush.
Brutus was bathed with oatmeal shampoo and his ears were cleaned when he was in the tub. When he was dry (this took well over an hour in the grooming room cage dryer), he was given another quick brush down with the slicker brush. He then got a spritz of dog cologne and a St. Paddy’s Day scarf to prepare him for the Celtic holiday. His roots are in Scotland, so it’s pretty close.
If you adopt Brutus, you will need to brush and use an undercoat rake on his coat twice a week. This needs to be done more frequently in spring and fall, when he will be shedding. He needs his nails trimmed twice a month and his ears cleaned once a month. Brutus can have a bath once a month if needed.
For more information about Brutus, log onto the shelter’s website: www.nehumanesociety.org, or come to the shelter at 8929 Fort Street to meet this gentle boy in person. He deserves a forever home.
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