We have just returned from our adventures in upstate New York, where we went to stay with my parents and their amazing Bergamasco Dizzy, of the stunning dreads.
Its been a hot summer, and we thought Dizzy might appreciate a new hairdo.
Now, as my Mom has maintained for years, the natural state of the Bergamasco is to remain in its full dreadlocked magnificence. The woolly hair of the Bergamasco forms thick dreads or flocks, as they are called, that are well-suited to providing warmth in its native home of the Italian Alps.
The Bergamasco is a little-known breed that almost died out with the decline in wool production after World War II.
Little did my parents know what they they had come upon when they found a cute, fluffy little puppy in a shelter in upstate New York eleven years ago.
He sure looks like a purebred!
I am no Bergamasco grooming expert, but from what I gather it seems you have to start early and make sure you separate the mats as they form, so that they form discrete dreads and not a single mass of woolliness.
The masses, if they form, would I imagine be a bit uncomfortable in a New York summer--even in the Adirondacks. We decided to relieve Dizzy of some of the burden of his magnificence.
Not my most brilliant work, but hopefully the guy is a bit more comfortable.
Poor Dizzy was not thrilled as I worked away at the mats with my clippers, but at least his new boyfriend Fozzie was nearby to console him.