When I got my Sadie Girl, I knew, since she has 'fur,more like human hair, grooming would be a priority, to keep her hair nice and comfortable for her. Since she would be needing a lot of grooming, I knew I would have to be able to do some of it.
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So, when I found Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, I was so excited, and ordered it. I ordered it from Amazon.com for about $25.00, I have 'amazon prime' for free shipping so it wasn't a bad deal. It came in the mail about 4 days later.
When it came, I couldn't wait to see and use Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs. It is basically a hand blow-dryer, much like my own blow-dryer for my hair, but this one has a much longer cord than mine, and they say it doesn't get as hot as mine would, on the high setting. (I personally, didn't see a lot of difference in the heat between mine and Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs.)
But, the big difference between Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, and mine, is it came with a hard plastic adjustable base.
The base is a rounded rectangle, with the following dimensions.
The foot print of the adjustable base, is just under 8" long down the center, and tapers over to 7" on either side of the 8"center length
The width of the foot print is 5" at the widest point in the center, it tapers down to 4" on either side of the 5" center width.
The way it is designed as a rounded rectangle gives ultimate balance for holding the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, without falling over, either way.
The sleeve that holds the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, stands 6 1/2" at the tallest point in the back. Down the back there is a slit which is just under 1/2" wide, going down the back, like a zipper on a dress, in order to give the electric cord ample room, not to get bent out of shape.
The front of the sleeve tapers down to 4 1/2 at the lowest point, in the front.
There is an opening about 2 1/2" up from the bottom of the sleeve and is 2"long X 1" wide to accommodate the slide button on the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer handle.
The Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer handle is 4 1/2" in the front lowest part, There is a slide button which is in the front of the dyer handle with four different settings, Off, Low, Med, and Hi with a cold shot trigger at the elbow of the dryer, and is 5" at the longest part in the back of the dryer handles handle.
The nozzle of the dryer is 6 3/4" long. The cord is 7 1/2 feet long, which is quite handy, if my outlet is a bit further away from my work table.
This cut out in the sleeve, is to expose the slide button on the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs when in the base, in order for me to change the temperatures or turn it off or on, keeping my hands still free, so I can concentrate on my Sadie Girl.
This is ultimately a good feature in case I am needing one hand to hold my dog, while operating the dryer.
The Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs is inserted into the sleeve of the base, simply by sliding the handle of the dryer into the opening, there are no buttons or any thing to adjust.
The stand can be adjusted to approximately 6 different angles. In order to adjust the angle of Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs I just press in the 1 1/2" round button, which is on the base.
While holding the button in, I just move Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs until it is at the desired angle, then release the button, to lock in the angle desired.
Now my Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs is pointing where I need it, to get the maximum hands free drying, while combing and brushing my Sadie Girl's coat.
When I need to take it out to do some point on places that I can't adjust the base to get to the hard to reach areas, I just reach over and slide it back out.
Also when the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs is in the sleeve, I can reach around and pull the trigger, to shoot cooler air, overriding the heat settings the dryer is set on.
This is good, if Sadie Girl is starting to get nervous and the dryer seems to be getting too warm for the her, it really works well for me.
I can just pull the trigger by grabbing the neck of the dryer with my hand and my thumb will fit perfectly over the trigger. It fits just fine for my small hand, there is also ample room for a larger hand to grab it in the same fashion.
The easiest place I have found to work with Sadie Girl is if I put her up on my washing machine, with a little throw rug, for under her feet for her to feel more secure.
This way, I can reach her, and she doesn't have a lot of room to run away from me. I plugged in the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, and began to brush and blow-dry her.
I set the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs on high, and propped it's base, at an angle pointing upward, so that the warm air would not be blowing directly on Sadie's body, but the Air would be warmed around her, while I towel dried her and then began brushing her long coat.
Now I needed the air to be more direct to Sadie's coat, so I change the direction of the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs , simply by pressing in the button and moving the Dryer into the position I needed, and releasing the button.
Since this place on top of my washer, has a wall right beside it, I had an apron hanging from a hook on the wall, which I didn't realize. The back of the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs , was against that apron, and I didn't notice how close it was.
Well, this caused the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs to over heat, and stop working. At first I thought I had broken it. But the next day when I plugged it in, it worked fine. I just need to make sure there is plenty of 'air flow' around the hair dryer so as not to 'burn it out'. (A fine example of 'live and learn'. Big Embarrassed Smiles!)
For the record, Sadie Girl does not like to get brushed, blow-dried, or anything like that requiring her to stand still. She would rather shake, and run and roll. (Sounds like a rock band, doesn't it?)(Big Dance Move Smiles)
When I turned on the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, it is not any quieter than my own hand held hairdryer. Personally, I don't think the noise is the problem with Sadie Girl, but if it were, this dryer would not fit that bill.
I still need to take Sadie Girl to the groomers, once in a while, until I get better at doing all the grooming techniques.
Sadie Girl looks really good, after I take her, and they do a really nice job. The Groomers cost $30.00 a time, I only use that service about every one or two months, depending on how long her hair and nails are getting.
It really helps me to have Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, so I can take care of the in between Groomer visits, for when she needs bathing and blow-drying, in the meantime.
Plus each time I bathe and groom her, I am finding it is getting easier and easier. I tried, at first with my own hairdryer, which worked OK, except I had only one hand to brush and hold her.
So, I have to say with all things considered, Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, has been a great investment for me.
The more I practice and the more I get used to using the Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs the better it will work all the way around.
As Beautiful as her hair is, it requires a lot of brushing, bathing, and blow-drying. Even so, it is important not to do the bathing and blow-drying too often, for fear of drying out her skin and hair, causing more problems.
It is recommended, if possible, to wait at least a week or two between shampooing and drying.
Of course there are those times that come up, when Sadie girl gets dirty and needs to have a bath immediately.
But as a rule we do try and wait about a week and a half at least.
The great thing about Sadie Girl's hair, is that it is great for people who are allergic to dogs, because it is mainly their fur that causes their allergies. Since Sadie Girl's 'fur is more like human hair', the allergy factor is gone.
To sum things up, when I first got my Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs, I really couldn't see that this was going to help me all that much. I was definitely skeptical.
However, the more I have worked with my Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs and the more I have worked with Sadie Girl, The easier things are getting.
I tend to be learning a little bit more each time, or maybe I am just getting more used to doing it each time. Which ever the case, I am really happy to have my Andis QuietAire Pet Dryer for Dogs.
I feel I can give it a 4 star rating, loosing a star, because I don't feel the temperature is that much cooler, than my own hairdryer.
But over all for everything else, I feel it is a tool that is growing on me, and truthfully, now if someone were to take it away from me, I would be really disappointed.
I hope I have been able to give you enough practical information, for you to decide what would work best for you. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to leave me a note. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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