We're already having some 90 degree days around here and our beautiful little miniature Australian Shepherd had grown a fur coat on her that was making her miserable. Every year my Sweet Farmer shears her like a little sheep and she absolutely loves the attention and waits patiently and expectantly through the process. Sweet Farmer is very gentle and kind during the whole ordeal and has never had to use force to hold any of his dogs down as they trust him so much. But what was funny this year, was our little stray cat, that I picked up as a starving, sticker-encrusted kitten about 6 months ago, wanted part of the attention and she wouldn't leave Greg alone. He kept having to be careful he didn't get a kitty tail or ears in the procedure. Sadly, the little cat is pregnant and too young, but sometimes when you care for strays and live on a wide open farm... things happen. One of the things I admire most about my Sweet Farmer is how he cares for animals and gives value to their lives, feelings and needs. He would stop and pet the cat while he was managing all the other things. I get a kick out of watching all the love - I can totally understand why they are crazy about him.
If you have any hints on how to care for a too-young momma cat (she's about 1-2 weeks away from due)- we could use them. Our strays would usually be wild cats, but this one has been loving from day one.