From Nose to Tail Review by Kathryn Braund

"This book’s covers, front and back, are extraordinarily classic, but just wait until you get inside. While the covers are a model of excellence, the pages inside are everything anyone could want in a grooming book."

I’ve read many grooming books, including single breed, multi breed and ...

From Nose to Tail
A grooming handbook by the Havanese Fanciers of Canada
Noel Hynds and Suzanne McKay (collaborative writers for the HFC)
ArtBookbindery.com, Canada, 2008 - $24.95
ISBN 978-0-9810997-0-5
202 pages

This book’s covers, front and back, are extraordinarily classic, but just wait until you get inside. While the covers are a model of excellence, the pages inside are everything anyone could want in a grooming book.

I’ve read many grooming books, including single breed, multi breed and standing alone grooming books. None compare to this one. The members of the Havanese Fanciers Club of Canada, through their writing whizzes, Noel Hynds and Suzanne McKay, tell both novice and professional alike, everything you might want to know about grooming dogs. And they do it in such neat laymen terms. Every step, from equipment to grooming puppies, to navigating the product jungle, to shampooing, to pet clips, to every bit of external dog care, to the unexpected and finally to ‘You’ve Got the Look,’ is superbly demonstrated in both words and pictures. It is a book tuned, not just to the Havanese breed, for which it was written, but for just about any dog that needs to be groomed.

The step by step procedures start from scratch and, in most cases, give you all kinds of options which will help perfect your grooming expertise. While the writers don’t give you names of the “right shampoo and conditioner” for your dog, they identify “attributes of quality products to help you make a choice.” And did you know that “your choice of a shampoo and conditioner can affect the time needed to blow-dry” your dog?”  I didn’t. No other grooming book ever told me that. Hynds and McKay get all the way down to fine points in every one of the 12 chapters. For instance, before you put your dog into the tub, “it may be wise to put a small screen in the bottom of the tub drain to trap the dislodged hair so that it doesn’t clog up your drains.” A common-sense tip that perhaps you never thought of. Your dog has ear wax? “A mixture of half water and half white vinegar is a common homemade ear wash solution.”  One of the money-saving home remedies you encounter throughout the book.

You know the phrase, “Pictures are worth a thousand words.” I would say both words and pictures in “Nose to Tail” are equally worthy. The hundreds of excellent pictures explain the words while the easy to read words explain the pictures. I don’t think anyone can say it better than that.

This is a classic. A great grooming book. As enjoyable to read as it is to look at these laughing, smiling, gorgeously pet or show groomed Havanese. There is even a handsome done color section plus a “gee, I can find it easily” Index (the latter, not usually seen in books these days).

I love it. You will too. It really doesn’t matter if your dog is not a Havanese. The wisdom herein and the easy way of placing it in words will make grooming your dog an enjoyable part of its and your life.
 

Authored by: 
Kathryn Braund