Dolce’s Winter WHITE Spa Bath – Pure Paws White Magic Foam, Amplify Shampoo, Silk Basics Shampoo

Dolce’s Winter Spa Bath 

Pure Paws Spa Smoothie  – WINTER

 

WINTER SNOW WHITE is how we love our Team MO girls to look, but with fresh cooked foods and our mud and crud outdoors, it can take some great key products to achieve the WHITE we love.    We let Dolce’s face go dirty and naturally stained for awhile to test out the new Pure Paws Whitening Foam.   Her face stains from fresh cooked foods and from her saliva.    We do NOT use the Pure Paws Whitening Foam near the eyes.
Tear stain products will be reviewed in a future Blog / Vlog.
Our newest favorite product for spot whitening of the long beard or stained paws is Pure Paws Whitening Foam. It is far more effective at whitening the stained beard then all of the previous products we have showed you. Whitening Foam and White Magic are very different applications.
If you need a product to break up the protein stains in the paws, Pure Paws has a Bio-Ensymatic Pretreatment Spray that safely removes protein stains.

In the video we share one of our WINTER WHITE Pure Paws Spa Smoothie mixtures.   The winter can bring drier coats for our girls so we mix Amplify Shampoo with Silk Basics Shampoo, or we sometimes use Silk Basics only.     We will add a TINY amount of WHITE MAGIC about once every 3-4 baths to help brighten and whiten the girls coats.
The STAR LINE Brightening Shampoo is also a good alternative to the WHITE MAGIC.    You can use this alone diluted 1:10 or 1:12, or you can mix this Star Line Brightening Shampoo with the SILK Basics, Amplify or Reconstructing Lines from Pure Paws.
NOTE:    Please test on a small patch before using any of the whitening products by Pure Paws.    Heavier then normal conditioning is also recommended after using any of the whitening line products.

MINK OBSESSION:  New Minky MO Bows

 

The White Magic:    

A few drops or a 1/4  cap or  1/2 cap can be added to a bath smoothie mixture to give the coat an extra boost of brightening and whitening. 
PurePaws.net Information on White Magic
With our White Magic Shampoo, any dog with white hair that needs to look a little whiter and a little brighter is in luck. Pure Paws White Magic Shampoo is a coloring shampoo. It is important to know that when using any bluing shampoo, the coat should be very healthy.If the coat has been altered with any products that pull color such as enzymatic shampoos or bleaching products, the hair shafts with remain open and absorb color more rapidly. Another thing to remember is that the shampoo must be diluted to the point that the suds turn white rather than blue: White Suds=White Coat and Blue Suds=Blue Coat. Also for DOUBLE COATED breeds or other breeds with absorbent coats, the colors take effect much sooner and with more pigment. White Magic is a true whitening shampoo. This shampoo is a semi-permanent color, with a plant derived sufactant base. This whitening shampoo adds shine, controls frizz and prevents tangles and will NOT dry out or damage the coat! NOTE:If this is your first time using the White Magic, we recommend a slightly higher dilution ratio of 10 or 15 parts water to 1 part shampoo. DO NOT let the product sit in the coat until you are more familiar with the product. remember that every coat type has a different porosity and will absorb differently.

The Whitening Foam:

 
The Whitening Foam is designed to safely remove protein based stains utilizing enzymes, titanium dioxide and violet colorant.
NOTE:   Please test patch before using directly on your dog
We at MO like using the Whitening Foam on long beards that are stained and on stained feet.    This is NOT MADE for tear stains, so PLEASE AVOID THE EYES.

LOVE MY EYES for TEAR STAINS

We recommend the LOVE MY EYES KIT or the LOVE MY EYES FACE WASH made for TEAR STAINS.   We hope to soon shoot a video tutorial on how we use this product.   A professional line to eliminate tear stains.

Travel Kits

A Great Way to Try the Whitening Lines

A great way to test out the different PURE PAWS lines is by trying out their TRAVEL KITS.    Remember that these are professional products and that you should dilute the shampoos 1 part shampoo to 10-12 parts warm water.   The travel kits can last quite a good amount of shampoos with the required dilution.
Silk Basics Travel Kit
Reconstruction Travel Kit
Oats & Aloe Travel Kit
WHITENING KIT
Amplify Line Travel Kit

Blow Drying Brushes Used

Blow drying can make all the difference in how the dog will ultimately look.   It is especially important to blow dry correcting before any trimming or clipper work.    A great blow dryer and great brushes help make blow drying results great.     We LOVE the Chris Christensen wooden pin brush and the wooden slicker brush (Mark II Small Slicker Brush).     The wooden pin brush helps avoid any injury when drying around the face.     The Mark II Small Slicker brush is AMAZING at pulling the hair straight.    Pure Paws also had a slicker brush, which I also LOVE, but they are sold out at the moment.


Maltese Face Washing ~ Shampoo and Washing Maltese Beard and Face ~ Mini MO Facial SPAW

We show you are latest routine for washing and cleaning around the face. This is a ‘IN-Between’ baths face washing that has helped to whiten Dolce’s face and keep her muzzle very clean and healthy.

If you see our previous videos from ONE YEAR ago, Dolce’s tear stains and muzzle stains have very much whitened.   We added this new regime of shampooing the face and beard with the SHOW Premium SLS Free shampoo just before Christmas 2014.   We saw immediate results in cleaning up of all the dogs faces, while adding such a fresh smell to their kissable muzzles.

Tropiclean Blueberry Facial scrub can be found on Amazon   

Show Premium Pet products can be found at pishpad.com

MOBling is available on our website at

 

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.

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Dolce’s Daily Care Routine: Maltese Brushing, Tear Stain Cleaning, Teeth Brushing and Top Knot

Dolce shares our daily morning ‘Maltese Care Routine’ in a video tutorial, which will include:

  • Top Knot Flip aka ‘Dolce’s Flip’ top knot
  • Tear stain cleaning and eye hair drying
  • Teeth brushing
  • Brush out
  • Dingle Berry (aka:   Hitch Hiker, po0-poo, visitor, doo-doo) removal
  • Post brush out ZOOMIES

Dolce hanging out with Pinky after the video shoot

Dolce:  last clipper groom 2 months ago!   She is growing out nicely!

Products discussed:   Link to our Favorites all Sourced on Amazon

  • Heart ponytail flip tool (available on Amazon)
  • Contact solution (any brand that contains Boric Acid).
  • Virbac C.E.T. Vanilla MINT Enzymatic Toothpaste
  • Virbac C.E.T.  small toothpaste
  • Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Detangling spray
  • Pure Paws Classic Shine Conditioning Spray
  • Madan Apple Green FIRM Cushion brush
  • Madan steel tail comb
  • Chris Christensen 7.5″ #000 Coarse/Fine Buttercomb

Links and more information about combs and brushes used are in the below listed blogs/vlog

Comb Review and Blog

Madan Brushes and Chris Christensen Burshes Reviewed

Green Madan Pin Brush with FIRM Cushion is reviewed here

Dolce and Pinky wanting a Special Treat after their Video Tutorial Tapings

Paw Spaw Part 1 – How to Clip the Paw Hairs using Bravura and BravMini

Paw Spaw – Clipping the Paw Hairs Using a Bravura and BravMini   Includes a Video Tutorial

 

 

Pinky d’Winky aka Pinky d’Stinky will be our model for a tutorial on how we, at Maltese Obsession, clip the hairs around our feet as well as around our paw pads.    
 
Pinky’s nickname is Pinky d’Stinky, because she is the one that has a stinkin’ cute personality.      Her favorite place to sleep is right under my neck, which makes it impossible for me to breathe…
 
We use a few different methods to clip the hairs within the paw pads as well as around the feet.       SHOP our Favorite GTGT on AMAZON
  1. Wahl Bravura at a #15 or #30 setting
  2. Wahl Bravura MINI – which as a #30 blade
  3. 4.5″ Pixi curved shears + 7″ curved shears
Today we will show you the Wahl Bravura and BravMini.
 
Note:   FLOAT the clipper PARALLEL to paw pad as shown above!

First let’s briefly discuss the Wahl Bravura & Bravura Lithium:
 
If you jump onto grooming blogs and forums, you will read many rave reviews and comments filled with adoration for this cord/cordless clipper.    The Bravura’s  claim to fame are:
  • QUIET — this will be demonstrated in the video
  • 5-in-1 blade  that doesn’t get HOT (does get warm)
  • Available in COOL Pretty Colors
  • Metal attachment combs that glide through hair – YES!
  • Cord or CORDLESS use ( I prefer CORDLESS)
  • Newer Lithium-ion battery is said to hold a longer charge
Bravura costs about            $129-ish (orig Brav hard to find)
Bravura Lithium about      $149-ish
Bravura MINI runs about   $75-ish
Metal Attachment combs run $35-ish for the set
 
I would NOT recommend buying these on Amazon, unless the supplier on Amazon is a reputable Pet Supply Distributor (eg. Cherrybrook, Petedge, Ryans, Groomerschoise, Showdogstore, Groomersmall, DrsFosterandSmith).    The reason for this, is that some ‘random’ sellers on ebay and amazon sometimes sell refurbished or ‘knock-off copies’ of popular items.     
 
I can’t verify this, but I read on some grooming forums that if the battery stops holding the charge, you can send the clipper to Wahl and they will replace the battery for a charge of $35 dollars.    I have had my ‘ORIGINAL’ Bravura 3 or 4 years and it is still working pretty good for me, although the run time/charge has dropped off.
Switch toggles from Left (LONGEST) to Right (SHORTEST)

 

5-in-1 Blade and it’s cut length uses
There is a toggle switch in the back of the Bravura that allows you to toggle and change the blade settings (see photo above).    Here is a chart for the 5 settings and what WE at Maltese Obsession use the blade settings for.    Our style may be very different then others, so please be aware that this is our personal use for our maltese.   
 
Note:   When this blade goes dull, you can purchase a new 5-in-1 Blade.   My first blade dulled after 2 years of use.
The 5-in-1 Blade Cut Lengths and Possible Uses:
  • Far Left            #9 = 3 mm cut   Best for summer cut on Body
  • 2nd from L     #10 a little shorter then 3mm
  • Middle             #15 best for tummy, hygiene, armpits
  • 2nd from R     #30 best for feet
  • Far Right      #40 = 0.1 mm cut    This is considered a ‘surgical cut‘ and I ONLY use this setting under a metal attachment comb.
The Bravura MINI has a SET blade that is NOT removable or switchable and has a #30 blade == great for FEET, but I also FLOAT the blade to do the armpits and tight spots that require a MINI clipper.
 
 

Bravura MINI
 
 
Safety:   Floating the clipper blade PARALLEL to the paw pad will ensure a safe clipping of the hairs on the bottom of the feet/pad area.
 
Entire set of Metal Attachment Combs
Shorter Length Cuts (Summer cuts, neck, face)
Longer Length Cuts (Winter cuts, legs, longer sides of face)
The metal attachment combs ‘occasionally’ come as a FREE SET, when you purchase the Bravura through a big pet supplier such as those I listed above.   This ‘FREE SET’ special comes out periodically and thus it is best to get on their mailing lists so that you can find out when this SPECIAL occurs.
 
I personally ‘virtually’ NEVER use the longer row of combs.   My FAVORITE combs are the RED, LAVENDAR and BLUE (the three shortest).   I use these to keep my maltese in a short body, and I keep their leg hairs in the ‘Town and Country’ cut legs.    
 
Most professional groomers will NOT TOUCH the plastic combs that come with the Bravura, as they DON’T work and if there is the slightest mat on your dog, the hair will PULL and hurt them —— THROW THE BLACK PLASTIC combs away…just saying’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICQUBAWH03M

There is much more to discuss on how to use these handy dandy clipper(S) as well as how to take care of them, but we’ll save that for future blog posts.
 
BONUS USE:    I kept my old worn out 5-in-1 blade and use this blade PLUS the metal combs to clip my son’s hair!!…works better then any human clipper that we have….
 
Pinky says Thank You  for Visiting MO!
Please drop us a note below, on Youtube or FB to let us know if this MO BLOG and Videos are helpful.
 
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 the many maltese or dogs available through your local rescue @ petfinder.com.   
Never, NEVER invest a single penny at a petstore that sells puppies….just sayin’…
 
 

Continue reading “Paw Spaw Part 1 – How to Clip the Paw Hairs using Bravura and BravMini”

I’m a KOOOOOOOOL PUP!

Kool pup dryer for Maltese Obsession Pack! ~

Welcome to my ‘Blow Out Bar’!
Chris Christensen makes one of the better dryers for home and pet grooming.    I will compare the ‘Kool Pup’ with a pretty sub-standard  ‘pet dryer’ that I am sad that I spent money on.

I am SMILING at you!!!!
The one thing I have learned over the years is that ‘YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR’, although this isn’t always true….but it proved true for dog dryers that I chose.
KOOL PUP is currently 25% off!   I paid full price == it really is a great deal!
Drying the dogs with a human hair dryer never worked very well for me.   The COOL air was always TOO COLD and the HOT was TOO HOT.    Not to mention how awkward it is to try and dry a dog when I only have two hands with a clunky hair dryer in one hand.    THE FORCE of the air was always toooooo weak to ever dry the ears completely.

 

Dolce with Kool Pup (left) and Metro Air (right)

 

Years ago I cheaped out and spent $100 on a Metro Air Dryer.   Three tries and I  never touched it again until I had to dig it out for this review (WASTE).  $100 was a LOT of money to spend on a dog hair dryer in my mind.    This ORANGE thing was LOUD and the tank get HOT HOT HOT and the air is TOO HOT and the tank is UNSTABLE.    

The cord was sooooo  short that the dryer had to sit right next to the dog in order to reach, which makes it feel like both of us are in the middle of a hurricane!  The orange canister on this ‘thing’ gets super hot as well…clunky…hot….oh dear…
 
The hose on the Kool Pup is about 3x longer


Dolce Pondering ….’what SPECIAL TREAT will I get for doing this dog dryer review’
Dolce right after the Youtube Video shoot!

When I fell in love with the Maltese breed 5 years ago, I became consumed and ‘obsessed’ with everything maltese.   I dragged my kids to every AKC dog show and every grooming show that came near us.    It was at one of these dog shows that I was introduced to the Chris Chistensen KOOL PUP dog dryer, along with many of their other products.

The benefit of visiting dog shows and in particular ‘Grooming Shows’ is that many of the pet industry vendors will have booths for you to visit.    You can touch and feel many products that are available to us and even NEWER products that haven’t yet been released to the public yet.    Pet shows are amazingly fun to visit.

See how long the hose is on the Kool Pup?   Hi Dolce!



The Kool Pup just recently went on sale for $220, which makes this a good time to splurge if you have multiple dogs like I do.   I paid $325 for it at the show, but was lucky to have received quite a few gifts along with my purchase.  
Thanks to our grooming obsessed friends on Spoiled Maltese forum for alerting our SM community that this Kool Tool was on SALE SALE SALE!    Never has it been priced this low.   I might have to get another for the human girls in my home!

 

The added ‘HOLD A HOSE’ flexible extra arm, that can be used with the dryer to allow a hands free drying, is currently $85.    The dryer can be used without the arm, but I have to say that the extra arm comes in really handy if you can make the splurge.
This dryer comes in some pretty cool colors and is very small for the amount of air that is forced through it.    The hose on the Kool Pup is plenty long enough that I place the actual dryer as far away as I can from the grooming table, in order to help with the reduction of noise for my dogs.  
The force of the air on the dryer is quite strong and will reduct the drying time of your dog significantly.   You’ll notice in the VIDEO TUTORIAL, that I had to ‘batten down the hatches’ and cover my grooming supplies, so that I wouldn’t have top knot bands flying all over!    
The air temperature coming from the dryer will warm up after a few minutes of running on FULL POWER.
 
Currently $220 for the Kool Pup on sale from $325…thanks for the heads  up on the sale SM friends

The ‘LOUDNESS’ factor plays a role when drying our maltese.    The scientific and R&D side of my brain wanted to measure and compare the decibel levels.
 
  • Hair Dryer on high measured            98-99
  • Metro Air on ‘ON’ switch measured 107-108
  • Kool Pup on the highest measured  79-80
Decibel Level for Hair Dryer 98-99
Decibel Level for Metro Air 107-108
I used an app on my iPad to measure decibel levels relative to the hair dryer, the metro force and the Kool Pup.    These levels can vary depending on how the decibel meter is calibrated.
Kool Pup Decibel Level on HIGHEST is 80
Kool Pup Decibel Level on MID LEVEL was 75 
Kool Pup on Lower Setting was 68, but I NEVER use it this low as the air comes out too cool on the lowest setting
The number one complaint heard about the Kool Pup dryer is that the air is not warm enough.    This force dryer pushes the ambient air in your room and does warm it slightly.    The fact that the air doesn’t get too warm, makes it amazingly safe to use on our dogs.     On cold winter days when the dogs are really cold after a bath, I will ‘FEED’ the Kool Pup warm air by facing a warm hair dryer towards the vent of the Kool Pup.    This allows the Kool Pup to push a ‘warmer then ambient’ temperature out to my cold dog.
 
 
My GO TO GROOMING TOOL(s) GTGT that I use when blow drying my dog are the CC wooden pin brush and the Madan pin brush.     The CC FUSION brush is brass plated and is not meant to be used on a wet coat NOR with any types of sprays and solvent.

When the dog is wet it is more pleasant for your dog if you brush out with the CC Wooden pin brush.     As the dogs becomes dryer, you can switch over to the Madan pin brush in order to fully straighten the hair.

Dolce says YUCK to any other dryer!

 

The video tutorial will show how straight Dolce’s fur becomes after using the Kool Pup.    If I didn’t dry her with this amazing little dryer, her hair would be pretty WAVY and CLUMPY.   You can see her natural wavy hair in the beginning of the video.

 

This battle of the dog dryers was a ‘BLOW OUT’!   
The END!!!   ‘nuf said…
Dolce smiling right after the video shoot was finished! 



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.