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Hoshi doing well with dry food

Hoshi’s been taking Canidae’s Pure Ancestral for two weeks now. He gobbles it up right away and has nice firm stools. The only difference I notice is the increased amount of stool. I would say it’s about 3 times as much compared to his raw chicken diet.

Canidae Pure Ancestral
Canidae

Hoshi has gained too much weight. He normally has 3 to 4 chicken thighs a day but I’ve been substituting one with dry food . Lately, it’s been 4 servings so I’m cutting it down to 3.

Gave Hoshi a bath

This was another bad summer for fleas. I’ve been using Frontline and a homemade flea repellent but Hoshi’s belly was still peppered with fleas. I gave him a thorough bath, trimmed his essentials. I even coaxed him with cheese into having a few nails trimmed.

Hoshi after bath and groom
All clean and trimmed
Time Activity
2:15 Bath & blow dry
1:30 Trim
3:45 Total Time
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Hoshi’s Haircut

It was a long night for both of us

I needed to cut Hoshi’s hair because it was too long making him uncomfortably hot.  I turned the furnace down to 64 °F and had fans on for him.  It took about 5 hours to bath and trim him.  He was fussy making it difficult to remove the heavy mats under armpits. I’ve haven’t trimmed him because he hates it. I would have liked to leave his coat longer but it’s beyond my skill

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Bath Day!

I started grooming Hoshi at 12:30 am and finished at 6:00 am. I tried to save some drying time and trim some of his coat before the bath. It didn’t work that well because the static electricity mussing up his hair. His bath took a bit longer than usual while I removed a mat under his right eye (eye matter caught in his hair).

I think there was a flea in his coat while blow drying his coat. It didn’t move and most likely dead. Hoshi resisted having his arm pits and front legs shaved so I did my best. He’s clean and cute though.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Hoshi had a bath and trim. It’s cold out but I shaved him down since his coat was too long. He actually let me shave his legs and paws this time. He hates the electric clippers on his front legs for some reason. I figured out an easier way to do the bottom lip — He won’t hold still. I start from his chin and shave up to his bottom lip. That’s against the grain but it lets me get at his lip.

Kiss him!

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Hoshi’s bath today

It was time for a bath. Hoshi was scratching and I wondered if he had fleas. I didn’t find any fleas. I trimmed his face, between his legs, paws, and butt. He’s resting right now. He hates having his paws and lips done. It’s difficult doing between his nose and eyes–there’s not much room. I left the length because it’s still cold out. I botched his tuft so I shaved it off–everyone admires his tuft.

Here’s a video of Hoshi having his breakfast this morning: