By Todd Shelly
“He that lieth down with dogs,
shall rise up with Fleas.”
Based on that quote, it’s safe to say a lot has changed since Benjamin Franklin printed it in his famous Poor Richard’s Almanack (for starters, the way we spell almanac). They obviously didn’t have flea shampoos or professional dog groomers, for that matter.
Over 250 years later, lying with dogs is not only safe, but a recent poll indicates most dog owners prefer to allow their pets to “lieth” down in the same bed. Obviously, the quote is not meant to be taken literally. It is a statement on the company you keep. It does show, however, the attitude of the time about a dog’s lack of cleanliness.
Speaking of times changing, the first Groomer to Groomer issue of the year has also changed. What used to be the annual Buyer’s Guide is now a Groomer’s Almanac. I think Franklin would approve. After all, he did say, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
I know the first Groomer to Groomer Almanac will not have the cultural or historical significance as Poor Richard’s, but it is interesting to note that four times as many copies will be printed. Franklin predicted the weather for farmers to plan their work accordingly. We won’t be predicting the dogs that you will have scheduled each day. What you will find in this issue is a combination of articles and useful resources. It reflects on the year that was and looks to the future.
Lastly, Benjamin Franklin said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.” In most situations, that may be true. However, in an effort to develop the best Almanac possible, I welcome your criticisms and complaints (but please go easy on the condemnations).
- Todd Shelly