SHEAR SERIES ~ Maltese Dog Grooming Shears Series

Shear Series – Part 1:    Opening New Dog Grooming Shears

 

The Shear Company’s we show you are just a few of the many wonderful shear company’s available to groomers today.   These shears just happen to be the ones we have enjoyed using at Maltese Obsession Grooming.   The BEST way to buy shears to go try and test them out at a dog show to see how they FEEL and FIT in your hands.   The THUMB sizes can be fit to your thumb size using inserts to make the thumb hold smaller if you have slender fingers.   Working with profession shear manufacturers provides you with shear sharpening and a higher quality of customer service.    Check out dog grooming shows like GROOMEXPO, GROOMEXPOWEST, SUPERZOOM, Intergroom as these big dog shows will also host many of the shear manufacturers.

Chris Christensen Shears have been in our hands since we first learned to groom.   We started out with the Celestial Series.    Our favorites in the series are the Celestial 4.5″ Pixi CURVED Shear.   Our favorite Chris Christensen Thinner/Blenders are the 6.0″ inches MERLYN Blenders/Thinners    These are usually less expensive via Cherrybrook Pet Supplies at $78 currently on sale vs the $140 price on the Chris Christensen website.   Great deal to get these Chris Christensen Shears via Cherybrook.

 

Sensei SWVL Shears in the video have the swiveling rotating thumb and are pretty pricey, but well worth the price.   I picked up the 3 shears (1 Straight 7 Inch, Curved 7 inch and Chunkers) via a Grooming Show Special directly through Sensei     These thinners come in 25 teeth, 37 teeth or 57 teeth.    Each have a different use for pro-groomer and we won’t confuse the issue by talking about the differences in this particular post.

You can get these shears directly from the SENSEI website or you can go via AMAZON and I’ve added the links below.

The Kenchii Shears that we opened in this video are the Kenchii FIVE STAR Series, one of the more affordable lines they carry.   These can be purchased directly via Kenchii or via Amazon.    We have NOT YET tested these shears out to say whether we would recommend them or not.   WE ARE IN NO WAY ENDORSING the Kenchii line of shears as a good trial use of these babies are needed before we can determine whether they are worth their price tag (even though they are probably one of the least expensive shears in the Kenchii line).

If you are NEW to grooming, then you can look for less expensive shears to start out.   We recommend lengths from 4.5″ – 7″ maximum.   A great starter set is 1 STRAIGHT, 1 CURVED and 1 BLENDER/THINNER.    While less expensive STRAIGHTS and CURVES can work just fine, it is pretty hard to find good blenders that don’t bend hair (YUCK) ~~~ so a cheap blender will DAMAGE a good coat, so don’t waste even $30 on a cheap blender…..just sayin’ **<(^.^)>**

 

 

 

Some Less Expensive Great Starter Shear Sets:



Maltese GROOMING: Uppity-Do-Dah Hairstyles

Many people had requested a video showing you how we put up Cosette’s hair for the Black and White photo.cropped-IMG_6750_sm.jpg

It is VERY IMPORTANT to NEVER include any of the EAR LEATHER when doing any type of hairstyles.   We ALWAYS check to ensure that ZERO SKIN is in any tied up hair, therefore only HAIR is banded.

 

The necklaces, and some of the hair accessories are sold in our MOBLING store.

 

Thank you and Happy Grooming!
updoTweetysidepony2UPDOYOUTUBE UPDOPinky2UPDOYOUTUBE UPDOCosetteTweety1UPDOYOUTUBE

 

Maltese Tear Stain Cleaning Solution Demo’d by TWEETY the SWEETY & DOLCE da DIVA ** (^_^) **

Tweety’s voice at the end of this video reminds me of the voice of my daughter’s cello.

If you have watched our very first videos from last year (Late Spring/Early Summer) ~~ you will notice that Tweety and Dolce’s faces have very much cleaned up and become very WHITE!

We do NOT like using any chemicals or shampoos that are too harsh around our dogs faces, as we find that this can sometimes damage the hair and make the hair MORE SUSCEPTIBLE to SEVERE and permanent staining.

The Butler Schein Tear Stain Cleaning solution is relatively INEXPENSIVE for the EFFECTIVE OUTCOME that we have seen.

We are very busy and thus we only use this solution AFTER BATHS to clean the area AROUND the eyes.   We also use it as we show you in the video about 2 time per week.    If your maltese has heavy staining, then please visit your VET to check to see if there are any underlying conditions that may be causing excessive tearing (eg.   Allergies, food, blocked tear ducts, teeth decay etc).

We also still enjoy using the Tropiclean Blueberry Facial scrub during baths, but must remember to use conditioning after using this product.

We have a SEPARATE routine for FACE/MUZZLE hair  cleaning as this is just what we often do to clean the area around the eyes.

Here is the link to purchase the Butler Schein Tear Stain Cleaning Solution

The music you hear was at a lesson where Dear Daughter and her Music Mentor and Piano teacher picked a key signature and just started PLAYING !    This music was created with no musical score, but rather the pianist started playing and the cello also started SINGING !!   It was a MAGICAL MOMENT that I am so happy to have captured on my phone camera.    We will see what the final song, (IF THEY finish composing it) sounds like, but it was so beautiful I had to share it! ….song has no name…yet

BlogDSC_8517GlamGirls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addendum to the comments we have received about tear stains:

Getting lots of questions about this product. We do NOT sell this product, but it is available on Amazon and other sources. The Butler Schein/Henry Schein Animal Health division DOES have distribution globally.

The effectiveness of this product is NOT guaranteed as there are many factors that affect the severity and longevity of tear stains.

Butler Schein and Henry Schein Animal Health is a scientifically based company/distributor. They are part of a Corporation that has MEDICAL/Dental & ANIMAL HEALTH Divisions ~~ The expectations of a company that provides products for MEDICAL & Veterinary practices is much higher then products that are pretty easily sold at the pet store level.

‘Everybody can be a cook, but takes some R&D to be a CHEF’

There are lots of tear stain remedies out on the market, but many products do not list all the ingredients NOR has much scientific research gone into their development. The SOURCE of the raw materials/chemicals that are used by non-medical or non-scientific company is also something to think about. Example == water out of a well, vs water out of the faucet vs Purified Mountain Spring Bottle Water.

It’s all H20, but many different levels of QUALITY and PURITY of just WATER can exacerbate tear staining in our dogs. The same goes for the Water and Boric Acid ingredients that some companies use for ‘pet store’ tear stain remedies. What level of PURITY or QUALITY does their source of WATER and Boric Acid have?

NOTE: My background is chemistry/pharmaceutical R&D, Marketing and Education (this is what paid the BILLS for most of my life ^_^. I spent many years ‘COOKING’ ~~ so to speak ~~ in a Laboratory ~~ dealing with the legal drugs (aka Pharmaceuticals). I retired and traded in my White Lab Coat for Kitchen and Grooming Aprons ^_^

As a CHEMIST ~~~ I would like to KINDLY IMPLORE FRIENDS ~~
PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE Boric Acid and try to make a home remedy when it comes to caring for eyes. Peroxide is also a NO NO as it can cause PERMANENT DAMAGE to both the eyes and the hair.   Only ONE SET OF EYES friends === and these EYES are VERY SENSITIVE!

YES to company’s and manufacturers that bring to you the SCIENCE behind their products!

NOTE: ANY COMPANY can throw a INDUSTRY BUZZ WORD on their LABELS for Marketing Purposes. I give my RESPECT to company’s that can back their claims with clear scientifically based answers. SADLY — the pet industry is not monitored by a governing department such as the FDA….

ANTIBIOTICS === I worked professionally in the pharmaceutical industry for many many years. I (personally) PREFER NOT using Antibiotics for neither our humans NOR our dogs, (unless absolutely necessary of course).   There is a tremendous problem with overuse of antibiotics in this world (this is a scientific FACT).

Pharmaceutical company’s are facing the scary task of trying to develop new antibiotics to combat the SUPER-INFECTIONS that we face today. Sadly the SUPER UNCURABLE INFECTIONS are forming FASTER  then the SUPER Antibiotics can be developed   🙁
NOTE: I would NEVER JUDGE anyone for using antibiotics, as I do feel that this is a personal choice that we are all entitled to make ^_^

I WILL however, push back on anyone that is DEMANDING me to make a video about a HOME REMEDY or any NON-REPUTABLE product.

Maltese Obsession shares our favorite Grooming Go To products, but we do AGREE that there are MANY GREAT choices out there to choose from. LOTS and LOTS of AWESOME items to try and test out! ^_^

k……sigh…breath…nuff said… I just had to share this note as I have received many messages that have SCARED me about what folks think that I should VIDEO next as a home remedy for EYE CARE …. must now go back to MY HAPPY PLACE with the dogs …. ^_^

Blog1AdorableGlamGirls_frame

 

Dolce Daily Brush Out + July NEW Go To Grooming GOODIES!

Table Top Grooming Table — the colors available on Amazon vary — all MO GTGT items are sourced in the SHOP tab above!

DolceDOLCE Flip – Top Knot FLIP Tool

PurePawsUSA.com   10% Discount Code is MO10

Dolce July Grooming Goodies
Dolce July Grooming Goodies

I believe the prices are better if you purchase direct through PurePawsUSA.com and use the 10% Discount Code MO10, but I have sourced some items through Amazon for those of you that are interested.  The travel kits are NOT available on Amazon

CET Virbac Enzymatic Toothpaste VANILLA MINT

dolce

TOPLINEPET.com

Madan Steel Tail Comb

Madan Band Scissor
Chris Christensen

The wooden pin brush come in SMALL and Med ~~ I use the purple SMALL in the video.   Amazon available colors vary from day to day ~~ more colors are available on the Chris Christensen Website.

Yoga Towel Mat is MUCH Longer then my GTGT BLUEApana Hot Yoga Mat Microfiber Towels:    We found them for $16.99 at TJMaxx and Marshalls stores in the Athletic Sports Section.   They retails for $50

 

Baby Travel Pillow:   Comes in a variety of colors on Amazon.   We found them at TJ Maxx.

DSC_0915

One + Two + Three Madan Brush Giveaway — YEAH!!!

Brand new Brushes
Grooming is Glamorous Celebration @ Maltese Obsession! No fireworks == just giving away Burshes, Combs, Tail Combs, Band Scissor, and DOLCE FLIP Tool!
Madan Brush Giveaway Contest
Madan Pin Brush Giveaway Contest == Help us Celebrate the Launch of Maltese Obsession: Grooming is Glamorous

Maltese Obsession’s Artistic Director & Co-Photographer will randomly select our winner(s) for our first giveaway contest(s)

MO is simply passionate about sharing the joys of home grooming our pet maltese family members.    Even if you take your pet maltese to the groomers for their cuts, they still need daily care and brushing!

BRUSHING?!!!…well there are lots of GOOD, BETTER and BEST choices for combs and brushes out on the market!    One that is relatively affordable and effective is the Madan Pin Brush and the Madan Grooming comb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Madan Giveaway ContestOrange ‘Softy’ Madan Brush + Orange Aluminum Grooming Comb CONTEST RULES

Maltese Obsession Celebrates:    Brush + Comb + Band Scissor GIVEAWAY CONTEST
Maltese Obsession Celebrates: Brush + Comb + Band Scissor GIVEAWAY CONTEST

Baby Blue Madan Brush + Blue Steel Tail Comb + Blue Band Scissor CONTEST RULES

Purple Madan Pin Bursh + Purple Steel Tail Comb ++++ Dolce Flip Tool

 

 

 

Purple Madan Brush + Purple Steel Tail Comb + Dolce FLIP Tool ==== NO CONTEST RULES == JUST A RANDOM WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN based on Maltese Obession (MO website + MOFB + MOYoutube).

Round 2: GTGT Madan Brush Giveaway = ORANGE Madan + ORANGE x-long Comb

“Madan “Orange Softy’ PIn Brush + Aluminum x-Long pin Comb — Giveaway Contest

“CONTEST IS NOW OFFICALLY CLOSED” == “WINNER TO BE CONTACTED BY MOH”!!!!

“CONTEST IS NOW OFFICALLY CLOSED” == “WINNER TO BE CONTACTED BY MOH”!!!!

Maltese Obsession ‘GTGT’ Giveaway Contest:    RULES for Round 2

GTGT = Go To Grooming Tool!

  • Please list your FAVORITE and ‘CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT’ GTGT here in the comments section
  • Show us a picture of your GTGT under the same picture above of DOLCE (with the Orange Brush) on our Facebook page in the comments section of same picture
  • Entries must be submitted by Sunday, June 22nd Midnight 
  • Winning Maltese Obsessed owner must live in the United States
  • Winning Maltese must be subscribed to MO YouTube & FB

We at Maltese Obsession are OBSESSED with grooming and sharing some of our GTGT’s with our Maltese Obsessed friends.    Even if you take your maltese to a groomer, it is very useful to have a brush and a comb handy for daily brush outs!    Mat’s be gone when you enjoy time bonding with your fluff during daily brush outs!

Good Luck and Happy Grooming!

Orange 2
Orange Madan Regular Pin Brush GIVEAWAY CONTEST == this brush has a SOFT pin cushion and is great for dogs that are sensitive to brushing.
pink alum 2
The Orange x-long pin Aluminum Comb is great for overall combing and finishing, but also the wide set teeth are great ‘in a pinch’ for pulling out a band.
DSC_0247
Madan Aluminim xLong pin Comb is also a great tool to lift the hairs when doing clipper work OR to use as a guide when clipping the dogs.

Our blog on the ‘Orange Madan Pin Brush’

Our blog on the ‘COMBS COMBS COMBS’