We apologize for any inconvenience we seem to be having some technical difficulties with our phone service. Canine Clippers may be reached by calling 540-829-6665.
Over the years we have built a great clientele and it is with heavy hearts that we are announcing we will be closing our doors at our Dumfries location one final time,
Thursday August 25th,2016
We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring to you and we thank you for all your years of loyalty. You have helped us educate many wonderful groomers over the years and are considered not just our clients but our friends.
Our locations: Featherle Pet Care in Chantilly and Sterling will remain open along with Wash-N-Wag of Culpeper. Each of these locations will allow us to continue the education of future groomers and if any of these locations are convenient for you we will be more than happy to see you there. If we relocate the salon, we will let you know when the information becomes available.
Again many thanks for years of patronage!
The Canine Clippers Family
FEBRUARY 2015: PETS AND DIVORCE
“You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.” ~Nora Ephron (Writer & Director)~
Reminder--February is Pet Dental Month (http://www.canine-clippers.com/news/news-list/18-newsletters/69-dental-health-care-for-pets.html). This month, our salons will be giving pets a free tooth brushing (and toothbrush) with every grooming. Good dental care is crucial for our pets, especially older ones. They cannot tell us when they have a tooth ache; if a pet is losing weight, having difficulty eating, or has not had recent dental care, be sure to schedule an appointment. Many veterinary clinics offer discounts for dental cleanings this month; some will even offer free dental exams and can tell you if your pet’s teeth need attention.
When actress Drew Barrymore divorced comedian Tom Green in 2001, they fought a custody battle over ‘Flossie’. Flossie wasn’t their little girl, but a yellow Lab mix who had saved the couple by waking them when their house caught fire. The court awarded Barrymore, Flossie’s original owner, final custody. Even in the best of circumstances, ending a relationship with a partner isn’t easy, but what happens to the other members of the family—the pets?
Cartoon below by ‘Kelly & Stephanie’
Fifteen years after Flossie’s case, courts have seen a significant rise in pet custody battles. There is even an increase in prenuptial pet (‘pre-pup’) agreements.
Recently, Virginia lawmakers passed a law that protects companion animals when issuing a protective order (see http://www.livesaymyers.com/protective-orders-pets-virginia/ ).
Unfortunately, under Virginia divorce laws, pets are considered property, like houses and furniture, and subject to the same laws of ownership. The good news is that many courts are beginning to recognize that pets are not inanimate property; most couples don’t argue custody and visitation rights over furniture. As pet-owners understand, pets are family members, and their future wellbeing is of utmost importance. Since the break-up of a relationship and its affect on the family may be just as emotionally devastating for pets, it is vital to give them extra attention and reassurance during the transition.
When deciding a pet’s future living conditions, draft an agreement, making a list of all possible variables, including pros and cons. Consider the pets’ ages, personalities,
medical conditions, etc., along with their attachments to individual family members. Following are suggestions to consider when making decisions:
v Working out an agreement in advance will prevent your pet’s future care being left to strangers in the court- system.
v If you are a multiple pet family, consider the pets’ relationships with each other; even if different species, they may be much attached to one another. Conversely, there may be a pet who’d be much happier not to be around a particular pet (or person).
v Consider children as well as pets; will children and pets be traumatized by separation from one another?
v Which partner is best able and has the most time to spend with pets so that they are not left alone for long periods?
v Be sure your legal representation knows how important your pets’ care and custody is to you. If he/she appears unsupportive or indifferent, consider hiring a new lawyer.
v If an ex-partner is being unreasonable by considering the pets as property to be divided, be willing to offer other desirable property in exchange.
v Keep in mind financial costs; if future care, including veterinary care, is an issue, will both partners agree to share the financial responsibility?
v Include pet custody and visitation details in your separation agreement; even if it is eventually disputed, it’s better to go to court with written intent.
Click http://www.lawdepot.com/contracts/pet-agreement/?loc=USCAto view a simple, but expandable pet-custody template.
Remember, our pets are entirely dependent on us to provide and care for them. Regardless of emotional upheaval, they will likely reciprocate our kindness by providing their own kind of security and comfort!
If you would like to learn how to become a dog groomer, our classes begin on the second Tuesday of every month. Contact our Dumfries School at 703-221-3647.