The place seems empty today, as Miss Scarlett is at the Vet's getting her new 'do until about 4:00. " 'Do" in her case involves what is called a "lion cut": very closely trimmed except for her legs, tail, and head, which requires being knocked out. I think it looks like a Poodle done up for a show. It makes her look ridiculous for a couple of months--she's less than half normal size, but I'm the only one who gets to see her that way, as she hides from company regardless of her state. And, even if I had a camera, she insists there be no photographic evidence.
The grooming is necessary in that her fur is so long and thick it becomes tightly matted despite any brushing she will allow, which becomes an irritant. It is especially bad around her neck and throat/ chest, which she begins to scratch constantly; this is the sign she's as ready as I am to "git her done." (Not very in either case)
It is a semi-annual reminder how much I miss her when she's not around. Whatever did I do before she came?