My dog is old. In fact, for a dog, she's pretty up there. At 14 years old, I'm incredibly thankful that she is healthy and happy. But she has definitely slowed down and gotten a little more antsy in her old age. Unfortunately, that has presented some challenges with her care.

She's always been a great dog. Very friendly and easy going. But lately she's gotten a little more, let's say "high maintenance", and her last visit to the groomer was a little bit of a challenge.

I won't name the specific place, but I took her to a national chain that I have been taking her to for years. When I went to pick her up, they told me that she "wouldn't sit still", "kept moving all over the place", and "flipped herself around on the table" (their exact words).

I was actually kind of offended by the accusatory tone that they took, like she was being a bad dog. I obviously wasn't there for the actual process, so I don't know if the specific groomer was being rough with her and impatient, or what. But I made the decision right then and there that I wouldn't be giving them my business again.

So the drawback is that I now have to find a new groomer.

Someone who specializes in or at least has experience with senior dogs would be ideal, and I'm hoping to keep it somewhere between, say, Lakewood to Toms River or so.

Please leave your suggestions in the comments section!