First we had to set up a clipping center and, since he hates getting a haircut even more than I dread giving him one, it takes more than just a simple table to plop him down on. A few years ago we purchased a serving cart for the patio. Since we rarely use it for serving anything, I decided to try it out for other duties.
I often put plants on it because the wheels make moving them around much easier. Today I used it to contain Cotton while trimming his overly long winter coat. After I hauled out the clippers, combs, scissors, and so on, I cornered him. He can tell, I'm absolutely certain, when it's about to be 'bathtime' or grooming time or whatever time.
Check out the hair piles! After it's all done, I still have to clean up, so back to the utility go the clippers, combs, etc. To get rid of the hair, I sweep it up and toss it out in the yard.
The birds will come along for the next few days and pick it up to add to their nests. I supposed their nests are warmer and softer, so I'm sure the chicks appreciate that we are so earth-friendly. Now if only Cotton could appreciate how much he helps the birdies by getting a good winters-end trim.
He still needs a bath after the haircut, but that will have to wait till he slows down a bit. In the meantime, I will walk around the yard checking out the new growth, the work we did over the weekend and the work left to be done in the next few weeks.