Worst Day in My Career


Yesterday was honestly the worst and scariest day ever that I have had as a dog groomer.

My last dog of the day was a 15 year old Lhasa Apso named Tasha.  She is one of those dogs that freaks out if you get by her face with anything and will try to bite you.  So, needless to say this dog has to be medicated before it comes and gets groomed.

I start the first shave down and I get her back & back legs shaved and then move on to the stomach.  I lifted her front legs to get her tummy and gently set her back down.  I went to go lift up her back end to put it in the other loop of the lead so that I can take the one that is around her neck off in order for me to shave her neck and front legs…..and the worst thing happened….

As I was holding her back end in my hand she let out this really high pitch scream and starting leaning to the right.  At first I thought it was her starting to freak out but within a few seconds I knew it wasn’t that.  This wasn’t a scream that a dog lets out when it is get mad or scared.  This was something completely different and horrifying to hear.

From across the room, my co-worker asked me what that noise was and I just looked at her, bawling my eyes out, and said “it was her…I don’t know what to do…”  I moved her a little bit to show her that she was basically unresponsive and her neck/head fell over limp.

I had a very limp dog in my hands…I was crying my eyes out…I had no idea what to do…She was having a seizure.  In that moment there wasn’t anything that I could do other than hold her and try to comfort her.  My co-worker came over and sat with me while we tried to get her to recover from the seizure.

This was the first time I have ever had a dog have a seizure while I was grooming them.  I was terrified.  As I was holding her limp body I could only hope that I wasn’t going to be holding a dead dog in my hands.  This is by far the worst day I have had at work.  I would trade being bit by multiple dogs in one day for that situation any day.

Let’s hope today is a much better day!

What has been your worst/scariest day in your career?

xoxo, Sammi

  • Amber C

    My scariest/worst day is very much like yours except I’m a dog Walker. I was walking 2 dogs and one of them is older. His back legs gave out on our way home. It was incredibly sad. We finally made it home and I told his owner. The next day I just walked the younger one without issue until we came in. He got really dizzy and disoriented then started to seizure. I felt so helpless. Thank goodness the seizure passed and he seemed fine afterward. But the owners decided to not have them walked anymore because both dogs were having issues and she didn’t want us dog walkers to have to stress out.

    How do you like dog grooming? I was thinking about trying that in the coming months. Where do you work?

    Hope today is better for ya!

    • Samantha Curtis

      That is crazy too! You definitely know how I was feeling then! I love grooming. I work at a Doggie Daycare, Boarding, & Grooming Facility that is locally owned. I will admit that you have your really good days and you can have really bad days. Just last week, in one day, 7 out of 9 of the dogs that I had were naughty and tried biting me. Needless to say that was a bad day. But it can be a very rewarding job!

  • Oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine! I’m sorry that you had to go through this! I hope today is so much better.

    It was a long time ago, but when I worked as a cashier (when I was 15) a guy would come through my till every day and stare…and he would make a point to only go through my till. It got a little creepy and I mentioned it to my supervisors and boss, who told me they would look out for me. I walked to and from work at the time, too, so it made me extra nervous. He had to be at least 40, but he asked me if I wanted to go for a drink with him and what sorts of plans I had for the summer. It was so creepy at the time, I turned him down and was on edge for the rest of the day. My mom drove me to and from work for a little while after that, haha!

    • Samantha Curtis

      It has been a lot better since that day! And that is totally creepy! Especially when you are that young. I am 24 and I won’t even let my dog out after it gets dark. I make my bf do it. lol. I’m such a paranoid person when it comes to creepy people!

  • OMG How horrific!! *hugs from Texas!


    • Samantha Curtis

      Thank you! 🙂