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Video Blog Review:   Dolce will review the Madan Apple Green (FIRM Cushioned) Pin Brush


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Pretty Brush Bouquets
We’ve already reviewed: 
Baby Bear = Orange SOFTY
Mama Bear = Baby Blue MEDIUM
we can’t leave out
Papa Bear = Apple Green FIRM
Welcome to view our FIRST VIDEO BLOG aka MO VLOG.   We also show you how we do Dolce’s signature inside out ponytail flip top knot!
Dolce and the Maltese Obsession Pack hope you enjoyed our first video to greet all of our Maltese loving friends.    
Please come back and see more video blogs and tutorials.    We are hoping to come up with a fun idea for a brush giveaway!!!
Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.

Top Knot Bands, Cheeries & TEA Parties?!

Obsession with Top Knot Bands & Tea Sets’.
What in the world am I gibbering about?    Most people would find me quite strange to make such a big deal about TOP KNOT RUBBER BANDS.   Oh well!!!    Somebody out there in cyberspace must understand me.
I LOVE having my dogs wear their hair up in top knots.   Tweety pictured above uses up a ton of top knot bands as she has the longer ears and a very long top knot in a FUSION KOREAN cut.
Tweety in her pigtails, uses quite a few top knot bands from Claires.
I have purchased hair bands from all types of specialty dog stores and dog bow stores and craft stores over the years.   MOST of the bands purchased from specialty dog related stores as well as beauty supply stores have FAILED!!!    They were too big, too small, too slippery, too stiff., too thin, too thick, broke hair, tangled the hair, snapped/broke easily…..etc, etc, etc.     Sorry, I have to admit that I am pretty darn picky about my hair bands — BOTH for my dogs as well as for my girls and myself.
Today there are TONS of good choices for the Perfect Go To Top Knot Band.    A smorgasbord of choices!!
BUFFET TABLE OF BANDS — nom..nom…nom
Buffet table of edible treats! ~~~  we love parties at Maltese Obsession!
Fun with so many choices of bands in a rainbow of colors

After years of searching I used to only find GOOD bands in 2 places (Claires and toplinepet.com).    Today, I can find great bands EVERYWHERE!   Thanks to the latest TOY craze, there are CRAZY LOOM rubber bands all over town.     girls are making LOOM BRACELETS using a plastic device and colorful rubber bands.   These LOOM kits can be bought at toy stores, Michaels, Claires Accessory stores etc.   Not all loom rubber bands are perfect for top knots.   They vary VASTLY in thickness, stretchability and weight.    We use the loom bands that are on the lighter side.

Rubber bands don’t go to waste in our house with three human girls that love to play with hair styles, piggy tails and top knots!!!


From Bottom to Top:   1) toplinepet.com SNAG FREE bands in lavender and white 2) Loom bands (rainbow) 3-6) Claires hair bands (hello, green, light blue, lavender) Last is Hello Kitty kit LOOM bands (pink, hot pink, black_
Loom kit rubber bands — this set did NOT cause ANY hair breakage.   They were also very light weight!
The above bands are all made for LOOMING!
Cheerios and Loom Kit Bands
Here is where the CHEERIOS come in.   The PERFECT band size for me happens to be the size where a CHEERIO will fit inside!   
1/4″ Latex bands on TOP of the Cheerios are TOOOOOO small
The above picture shows TINY 1/4″ latex bands that I bought from a dog BOW SPECIALTY store on-line.    My fingers are huge and these TINY bands do not work.    You can see one in the above picture sitting on TOP of a cheerio.

Above you can see the PASTEL bands on the RIGHT SIDE of the cake plate.   These are from CLAIRES Accessory stories and they are LITTLE GIRL HAIR BANDS.    These have been my FAVORITE for years now.   These little girl hair bands are THINNER then most looming bands.   
On the left side of the cake plate:


Top — looming bands from a toy store (a Hello Kitty kit with light pink, hot pink and black)


Middle — thinner hair bands included when you purchase a Madan Top Knot scissor. (lavender, white)


Bottom — looming bands that are pretty thick and hold top knots for at least several days! (rainbow of colors)


Madan $5 band scissors come with SNAG FREE bands ~~ www.toplinepet.com


The above picture shows what you get when you purchase the Madan band scissor.   When I first received this bag of bands free with the Madan band scissor, I ended up ordering more scissors, just to get extra bags of these nice bands.   They are thinner bands and are a bit slippery, so I found that they do break easier and the top knot slips out a bit quicker.    I still love these hair bands and will continue to enjoy using them, as I like having these thin bands, when I do styles where I do not want the band to show.

NOTE:    these snag free bands are available for sale at www.toplinepet.com    LOVE THEM!!!

PUPPIES, would benefit from the LIGHT WEIGHT and THINNER human hair bands.   I would NOT recommend using loom bands on puppies as they would be considered MED to Heavy weight and would definitely not be comfortable for a puppy that you are training to wear a TOP KNOT.


Looming bands are thicker then Madan or Claires snag free bands
Tweety above is in between grooms and I just washed her face so her fur is wet around her nose and eyes.  I am growing her hair out so that I can video tape how I do a Korean fusion cut on her face.   When I put her hair up in this style, it will STAY NICE AND CLEAN FOR 5 days to 1 week!     Gotta like that!


What is with the tea party you might ask?   I LOVE going to tea and I have two daughters that never get tired of tea parties.   We collected so many tea sets over the years that we love to pull them out to play or drink hot cocoa or lemonade or WHATEVER!


My younger daughter had so much fun organizing the bands into the little tea cups.    I love how she arranged them so much that I added the TEA SET OF BANDS to my grooming station!!!




Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.

The Glamorous Band Scissor? $5 that saves those TOP KNOTS!

Top Knot Band Scissor Review

I love the old saying “You Get What You Pay For!”.    I like chirping this line when I am justifying buying top end kitchen items, designer cosmetics and of course high end couture grooming tools!   

Madan band scissor isolating the rubber band
In the last post I mentioned the Designated Doo-Doo comb and scissor.   
Another LOW COST tool packed with HIGH FUNCTION, in OUR home is the simple $5 Madan Band Scissor.     They come in a variety of colors and are available at www.toplinepet.com   http://www.toplinepet.com/grooming-tools-page-2.php     Jenny will give you the most amazing customer service around.
How many of you out there have painstakingly and ever so patiently grown out your dogs top knot hair!?   This is not for the impatient hearts, and I AM VERY IMPATIENT.    All of my dogs wear top knots.   

I still remember the HORROR of being lazy and not using the BAND SCISSOR to cut out the rubber band from a top knot when YIKES — I snipped some of the PRECIOUS TOP KNOT HAIR.   
I also snipped the front section, so of course these hairs now had to be pinned back until they grew back long enough to be held in the top knot band.   Yes, I had to pay for my laziness and impatience in quickly snipping.    
Maybe it is just me, but growing out the top knot hair really is a test of my patience.   Mostly because I feel bad for my dogs having me clip the loose hairs that aren’t long enough to be banded.   I like seeing that their eyes are clear and not being poked by pesky hairs.   
After my lazy accident, I have these tiny band scissors in every Grooming Bouquet, in every room.   I also have a couple in the dogs bathing area.   These $5 band scissors really make it easy to see that I ONLY HAVE THE RUBBER BAND IN THE SCISSOR.   Yeah!!!

Flipping the top know forward over the dogs face and cutting the band from the BACK side of topknot
Tips that I like to show my kids when they help me with redoing the dogs top knot is to always cut the rubber band from behind the ponytail.    That way, if they accidentally snip any hairs the shorter hairs will not be in front of the face, but behind the ponytail.    Using the band scissor correctly essentially alleviates any precious top know hairs from being sliced, but still I like my kids to be careful and always cut from behind the ponytail.

I personally find that having my hands holding the ponytail, before pulling on the rubber band, helps me catch the band after I cut it.   This will prevent the rubber band from hurting my sweet fluff.   By pulling the band you will hopefully see that no hairs are caught in the scissor.   If you look closely here, there is 1 (one) single hair caught and will get snipped!

Here is another angle. You can see my hands and fingers are protecting the face and head of my dog as I
  1. Isolate one strand of the rubber band
  2. pull away, while holding the top knot with my fingers to prevent pulling on my dogs head
  3. snip the band

My finger going INTO band before cutting — to catch it when it retracts
This picture shows that after I stretch the band to ensure I only have the band — I SLIDE MY FINGER into the band before I actually SNIP.    The band POPS onto my finger and I catch it, just in case it snaps and unravels.    Kind of never will hurt the dog if you don’t do this, but I just have a habit to do this as a safety precaution.    I don’t really think it is necessary for everyone…but since my daughter took these photos…might as well post them!!

Now back to the old saying ‘”You get what you pay for”!    I LOVE this saying.


I thought I would get a fancy pair of Band Scissors.    Instead of $5 for the Madan ones, I paid $15!    They had to be better, RIGHT?!!


WRONG!!!   See the picture below — yuck!


Expensive Band Scissors —- I didn’t ‘GET WHAT I PAID FOR’ this time!



The above picture are my HIGH END Expensive Band Scissors!!…OOPS!!


I purchased the Madan Pink band scissor over 4 years ago — STILL LIKE NEW



I’ve owned the above two band scissors for the same number of years…can’t remember, but it’s over 4 years.   Both of these have been sitting at my main grooming station!     YUCK on my fancy expensive ones.   Yes, that is rust!    WHAT?!!!

End of my story…


Designated Dingle-berry Doo-doo Comb and Scissor!

Dingleberry Comb and Scissor

Does anybody else have a dingle-berry, doo-doo, hitchhiker (eg. poopy) comb and/or scissor?

Inexpensive FLEA comb that we have designated as the DB Comb

We are a house full of germophobes!    Even our dogs like a super clean and posh environment!    (FACT:   most times, the dogs are cleaner then my kids)    We don’t wear shoes in the home and I like using a natural water steamer to steam my floors.

If there is a dingle-berry (DB) hitch hiking a ride on the back of one of my maltese, the smart dog will come over to me and turn their bottom side towards me and  stare at me to evict the pesky little doo-doo off of them.   This is a true story.

We have a designated flea comb that we have handy to comb out the dingle-berry.    We hold the hair on the side attached to the dog (to prevent pulling any hairs and hurting their tender bottoms) and we gently run the flea come through the tail hair where the DB is hanging out.   Normally, most DB’s will come out with the flea comb.

There are those occasions for those ‘moist and larger’ DB’s, where we’ll have to resort to the designated DB scissor.    

Designated DB scissor       Note:   I have censored my fluffs ‘privates’ with the comb …just sayin’

This is just a pair of curved, blunt ended scissors that we purchased from BBB (bedbathandbeyond).   We like them because they are not too sharp, which will make it safer to just snip out a DB, without worry of hurting the dog.   We like that they are curved with blunt rounded edges, so that we only ‘surgically’ remove the DB from the few hairs that they have decided to be squatting on.

Note:    Did I mention we are germaphobes?     I anti-bacterialize DBC or DBS after each use…
We never go too close to their skin without using a finger as a barrier between the dog and the scissor.   If the DB has…smeared and made a mess…off to the bathtub we go…….bottom wash time…

Curved, BLUNT tip DDB (Designated Dingle Berry Scissor)

Do you have a special ‘name’ for DB’s?    and/or Do you have a D-DB (designated DB) comb or scissor?

Note:   All fluffs as wells as their groomers have different tastes, needs and favorites.   Not every SPAW treatment need be the same.    Maltese Obsession is happy to share our PAWSITIVELY Perfect GO TO Grooming experiences.

Please acquire your dog through an ethical, reputable and HUMANE AKC breeder, or better yet please consider adopting one of many maltese and other dogs available through your local rescue @ Petfinder.com  

Never, never invest a single penny at a petstore that sells puppies…just saying…

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