“Border Terriers are lovely, friendly little dogs with very cute faces and small enough to fit into a flat or tiny house or garden.”  This is most people’s perception of a Border Terrier.

All the above is true, but it must be remembered that Border Terriers have been bred for many years as a WORKING dog, who will run with hounds, go to ground when necessary, attack and defend itself as required and is a TERRIER.

This means that Borders need a lot of exercise, not just a potter down the road and back twice a day, maximum ten minutes.  

They need mental stimulation, human company (which they love), not too much food or they may become overweight, and they have to be watched with other, strange, dogs as they can be defensive.  Having said that, owning a Border Terrier is very rewarding; they are wonderful companions, will walk all day without tiring and curl up quietly by the fire in the evening.

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Basil the Border arrived at Hurley’s Grooming Parlour, a Premier Dog Grooming Salon & Boutique located in West Bridgford, Nottingham, spot on time and was greeted by Michelle Dixon, the owner of Hurley’s. As soon as Basil entered the front reception area he registered his delight by making a loud “Whoop!!”. He was so pleased to see Michelle again. His hair had grown since he last saw her.

‘Basil the Border before hand-stripping’ – CRUSH Photography©

Basil is a two year old Border Terrier and he needs to be professionally groomed every 5 months or so; this was his third visit to Hurley’s.

‘Basil the Border before hand-stripping’ – CRUSH Photography©

Stripping or hand-stripping is the process of pulling the dead hair out of the coat of a non-shedding dog, either by using a stripping knife or the fingers. A hard, wiry coat has a cycle where it starts growing and then sheds as it reaches maximum length. Hand-stripping coordinates the shedding and makes room for a new coat to grow. Stripping is the proper grooming method for most terriers, spaniels, and many other breeds. The hair is removed with either a stripping knife or stripping stone, with the top coat removed to reveal the dense, soft undercoat. If done correctly, the procedure is painless. Many dogs are reported to enjoy having their hair stripped, especially when they are introduced to it as puppies. (Extract from Wikipedia).

‘Basil the Border after hand-stripping’ – CRUSH Photography©

The process takes nearly 3 hours and Basil can now look forward to enjoying hot summer days without a thick overcoat.

‘Basil the Border after hand-stripping’ – CRUSH Photography©

Basil would like to thank Michelle for the caring way she looked after him whilst in a very safe and secure environment. Something that is so very important to Basil’s owners. Michelle is a lovely person who runs an extremely professional business with a wonderful connectivity with her clients.

Link to Hurley’s Website

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Border Terriers are renowned for their family friendly nature and Basil the Border is no exception.

Basil is growing into the Author’s family very well – it seems as if he has been in the family for ever. Nonetheless, he continues to display characteristic stubbornness is huge portions but in such an endearing way.

At just 4 months old, Basil the Border still has much growing to do but his hair colours are already starting to show through.

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Basil the Border – cleaned my teeth, been to the loo, had breakfast and now ready for a long snooze in my dog basket!!’

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