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Travel clipper for long-haired dogs

Those of you with Boston Terriers or smooth-haired Dachshunds won’t care a bit about this, and I recommend that you instead check out Edie Jarolim’s post about taking Frankie into a cactus patch for a late-night bathroom break. I’m talking to the Cavalier owners, the Papillon owners, the (heaven help them) Sheltie owners — those of us with generously-coated and deliriously active dogs, who return from even a short walk a mass of burrs and pine needles and other debris.

At some point, it all gets away from you and you have to remove a wad of matted hair from your dog. At home, we use the astonishingly expensive Andis 65340 Super AGR (purchased because our vet uses them), but it’s too huge to pack. The travel trimmer that has worked well for us is the Wahl Touch Up Trimmer.

We're staying in Marin, on a property where fields of foxtail, ornamented with ticks, sway over a carpet of burrs. The travel trimmer has seen a lot of use.

We’re staying in Marin, on a property where drifts of foxtail, ornamented with ticks, sway over a carpet of burrs. The travel trimmer has seen a lot of use.

It’s slender, light (my scale isn’t at hand, but the Wahl clipper has about the same heft as my cell phone), and powered by two AA batteries. It’s noisier than the Andis clipper, but it works well and doesn’t seem to bother Chloe. I recommend taking the batteries out when you’re not using it — I pack them and the clipper in a small mesh pouch I found at REI.

Why not just pack a pair of scissors, you’re asking? I started out using scissors on Chloe’s mats, until my vet told me what a bad idea that was. Your dog might move at the wrong moment, and some mats are quite close to the skin — she didn’t go into details, but I got the picture and put the scissors down.

Amazon link: Wahl 9990-502 Touch Up Pet Trimmer

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  • Galahad and Yvaine

    “the Cavalier owners, the Papillon owners, the (heaven help them) Sheltie owners”

    …the cocker owners, who mostly travel inside Florida, where the sandspurs can be disguised within what appears to be a well-maintained and mowed patch of grass… (We also now travel with boots for the dogs. They’re helpful on hot asphalt, too.)

    Ah, I am jealous of your Super AGR! Oooh, and that model has _everything_. I use an Andis Powergroom at home, because the nice people at Jeffers suggested it when I asked for a clipper that could handle my horses, but also work on a cocker spaniel. It does, too. For something like 4 years, I think, still going strong. (I use the wide T-84 blade on the horses, and a regular A5-sized blade on the dogs.)

    They also told me that it could be converted to battery powered, but it turns out that since I didn’t initially buy the version with the battery and charger, buying them separately was a little outlandish. (It’s the same charger and battery that the AGR uses, looks like–and it looks like they don’t offer a Powergroom bundled with the battery pack anymore. Probably phasing it out.) I think my next battery-powered clippers will be lithium ion, anyway.

    But for between the toes on my allergy-dog (so I can apply topical meds directly on the skin), for around the ears and eyes, for anything that is easier with a narrower blade or smaller mechanism (like carrying with you on a trip), I use a Wahl Pocket Pro. I think it only uses one AA battery; it’s tiny, tiny and it’s so easy to get into tight spots.

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