Meet Hope, a 10-year-old, 8-pound, red Pomeranian, full of fur, fluff and love. When we invited all the local shelters to submit nominations for our pet makeover, Hilton Head Humane Association sent in a picture of Hope with her wild fiery fur. We could see her potential— this foxy little lady was overdue for a day at the spa. Hope was found by Beaufort County Animal Services and classified as a stray. Only Hope knows her story, but the moment we met, I knew she had been someone’s beloved pet. She ran straight to me, climbing into my lap, a ball of fur as wide as she is long. Clearly, she is no stranger to treats.
Groomingdales—Makeover Time with Jeff and Jen Prekop:
Jeff and Jen, the owners of Groomingdales, often work with Hilton Head Humane Association, grooming animals for free in hopes if they are cleaned up, they will be adopted more quickly. Jeff says sometimes customers come in and see them being groomed and want to adopt them right then. It’s no wonder Groomingdales has won so many “Best Pet Groomers” Readers' Choice awards.
Jeff agreed, Hope must have been someone’s pet. We tried to imagine the scenarios that would leave this lady to survive life on the streets. She seemed perfectly at home while being groomed. Jeff began by using a product in Hope’s eyes to protect them from irritation. He also used Berry Gentle tearless shampoo on her face and head. Her fur was in pretty good shape, no matting, just lots and lots of fur, nothing a good blow drying and brushing couldn’t take care of.
One of the most important things I learned is that some dogs’ undercoats help keep them cool in the summer. Many people think their long-haired pooch must be hot, but in reality, getting rid of some dogs’ undercoats just makes it more miserable for them in the summer. Jeff opted for the teddy bear cut, aptly named when you see her “after” picture. He took off about an inch all over without touching the undercoat. He shaved her paw pads, cleaned up her ears and trimmed her nails. Lastly, Jen tied a nice spring bandana around Hope’s neck.
A Walk in the Park:
What girl doesn’t want to strut her stuff after a day at the spa? We met Lindsay Gifford, Pink Magazine’s Art Director, at Jarvis Park for pictures. One thing’s for sure, Hope can win over anyone. Check with Hilton Head Humane Association to see if this little bundle of fluff and love could be your new best friend.
After our makeover, Hope saw an eye specialist in Savannah. She has cataracts in both eyes. She also has glaucoma in one eye. She can’t see out of that eye, and she likely is experiencing discomfort. At the recommendation of the eye specialist, Hope’s “bad” eye will be removed. They expect that she will recover quite well and then she will be made available for adoption.
PINK PAW-SES TO THANK:
Hilton Head Humane Association for taking care of our island animals and helping them to find loving forever homes. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering log onto: www.hhhumane.org or visit the shelter at 10 Humane Way on Hilton Head. (843) 681-8686
Groomingdales and Jeff and Jen Prekop for all the kindness, love and pampering that you showered on Hope and all the animals you serve. Call to schedule your pet’s summer makeover! Located at 1 Cardinal Road #11, Hilton Head Island. 843.682.3186.
We are happy to announce that Hope has been adopted and is excited to have a furrr-ever home!