retch. whippet media. gross groomers
retch. whippet media. gross groomers

Groomers are Gross.

Groomers are Gross.

Fantastic fact: A snake has two penises (and no hands … what a waste!) Did you also know a kangaroo has 3 vaginas?

I want you to remember this the next time some randy cavalier leaves jizz all up your arm. Or an owner neglects to tell you that their bitch is in season. Things could be a lot worse. 

gag dog. whippet media. gross groomers
gag dog. whippet media. gross groomers

Are we dog groomers somehow immune to the nauseating affects of canine bodily fluids?

If I somehow found human period on my arm, I’d most certainly retch and have to rush away to bleach and scrub the offending area until I lost all trace of my holiday tan.

However, finding blood from the vulva of a chihuahua tracking up my forearm leaves me feeling relieved that it hasn’t come from anywhere else. It can certainly wait until the groom is finished before I wash it off. It’s obviously not my favourite thing and I’m fully aware that it’s completely gross but we’re numb to it, right?

blood. whippet media. gross groomers
blood. whippet media. gross groomers

Is picking eye bogeys off with your fingernails normal?  Would the average pet owner be grossed out by this?

If a client walks in with a bogey hanging from their nose do you stare at it? Feeling horror, hoping and praying that it doesn’t fall off anywhere near you. But laugh when a dog sneezes directly into your face? How is it that we are more accepting of dog snot than we ever could be about a fellow human?

nose pick. whippet media. gross groomers
nose pick. whippet media. gross groomers

If a dog throws up, I’ll clean it up. But if a human does, it would set off a chain reaction and I’d be more likely to add to the vomit pile. Why is that? Is this a particularly ‘groomery’ characteristic or superpower? 

We have a special “shit comb” and special “shit scissors” to carefully cut away Poo cling-ons. We don’t bat an eyelid but the thought of combing and removing crap from human hair would fill me with revulsion. 

pom butt. whippet media. gross groomers
pom butt. whippet media. gross groomers

Do we perceive our own species to be more abhorrent than our pets or is it our maternal/paternal instincts kicking in?

If I found a hair in my food in a restaurant I’d be completely grossed out. wondering whether the person to whom the hair once belonged was clean. Yet I’ll continue to drink my coffee with a good skimming of dog hair on top. 

vomit. whippet media. gross groomers
vomit. whippet media. gross groomers

Is our psychological less grossed out response to our working environment a perfect example of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Where we adapt to our environments or did our personal scale of “gross-affectedness” (yes, I made that word up but I like it so I’m owning it) simply enable us to better choose this career and thrive in it? It’s a chicken and egg question. 

Having said that, I’m not sure I’d be too quick to volunteer to clip the hygiene area of a menstruating kangaroo. 

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