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    What do you do if you get sick and you are booked up for a long time and have no days to rebook the dogs too?
    That is my problem if you read my other post.
    I am worried if I get the flu or need to go to the dentist or doctor, I have no where to reschedule my appointments.
    I would have to tell them that I can't groom them until their next appointment.
    It would stress me out really bad.
    When I do my physical it is in the morning and then I have to go for an ultrasound. Any specialist that I need to see is only during the day. I feel trapped.
    I guess I could work Sunday but I don't want to.
    Just wondering if anyone was ever in this situation.
    Thanks

  • #2
    I used to have nightmares about this, literally I would dream that I am sick and I'm panicked because I don't know what to do or where to reschedule dogs.

    It's only happened a couple of times to me, in real life. The overwhelming majority of owners are willing to work with me. I will generally add one extra dog each day during the next week. I have also scheduled the dogs on my day off. Once I figured out that it works out I've stopped having nightmares about it.

    The reality is that life happens and there is really nothing you can do about that. So I don't figure there is any use worrying about it.
    "The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog." -Ambrose Bierce

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    • #3
      I know how bad it feels to cancel appts, especially when its a good client, but you come first...if you're not well, you're not gonna be grooming ANY dogs, LOL. Do you have a friend who's a groomer? Someone you trust to refer some clients to?

      Don't stress about getting sick it'll probably make you sick!! I was feeling that way this month, I was super busy and thought, what would I do if I got sick? Well I spent the last two weeks sick and a major kink in my back! Thankfully I only had to take a day and a half off. That led to early 7am morning starts and long days to catch up, fitting my cancellations around my busy sched.

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      • #4
        Well not knowing what days you groom or if you have problems now, maybe because you have such steady work you could afford to keep your Fridays or Mondays unscheduled (assuming you don't work Saturday or Sunday)? You could start rescheduling dogs scheduled on one of those days and then if you need to take a day off and it isn't Monday or Friday you would have an open day to reschedule everyone. Does that make sense? LOL. If your income allows you deserve a 3 day weekend to take care of yourself. Maybe this is a good time to cut back on certain undesirable grooming clients.
        I have a disability and only groom part time because I frequently need to schedule doctor appointments or take sick days. I think if you are anticipating health problems you might want to start keeping a few days in the week free. It is easy for a small health problem to become a big health problem if you are tired, stressed, and not taking care of yourself. But again I don't know exactly what your situation is so this advice may not be all that helpful.

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        • #5
          That's why I give myself a day of during the week for appointments for myself. If I do get sick when I have a full book and I can't make it through the day (even with a trash can next to me ) then I have a day that I can move the clients to. Other than that unless I'm unable to make it in to work because I can't leave my bathroom the I'm there. Not the best plan but works for me, I even set up a surgery for when I was taking time off to be with my family and hadn't set any appointments for that weekend.
          "I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt,
          and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." - John Steinbeck
          www.wagmoresalon.com

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          • #6
            Sick? Whats that? In eighteen years, I've rescheduled one day due to illness. There is something to be said for prevention.

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            • #7
              I come to work anyways. Makes for a very long day.

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              • #8
                if you really have to reschedule dogs to another day that is actually booked maybe you can add those canceled appointments one dog to a day ,each day day to make up for it.

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                • #9
                  I normally take Sun Mon off.

                  If I am sick or in this case my dog is sick, I still have Sunday and Monday to do the missed dogs. I had to do that this week actually. I won't have a day off until Saturday. I vow to take this Sat, Sun and Monday off and relax a little. I use Mondays for the bank, fixing my rig, etc . BTW my Generator is still not supporting the A/C with other grooming equipment. Friday is s'pose to be the day to get this fixed before it gets HOT.

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                  • #10
                    I have to laugh when people say how great it is to be your own boss, free to come and go. Ha! So suck it up and come in on Sunday to accomodate the clients you've worked hard to acquire. Try to find someone that would cover for you on an on-call basis. A bather could cover for the simple stuff. You just have to be creative. Like others have said, add a client to the end of each day, maybe even a modified groom(brush only or bath only, etc) If you are looking at having medical issues long term, maybe it would be better if you brought in an additional groomer, permanent part time. There are groomers out there that would love to have a temporary position too.

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                    • #11
                      I found my back up right here!

                      It never happened until a few years ago when I fell and broke my 3 fingers on my right hand. Luckily I had just found this board and made a couple of acquaintances and discovered my little buddy Ryland. Now I give her my overflow and slowly she is trying to learning hand plucking - much against her wishes but I keep nudging and we have all these Brussels here...
                      Seriously- I always tell people my boss is the biggest Bi-otch I ever worked for- no time off or overtime. No excuses no way- when they say I thought you worked for yourself ??? I wink and say I do.
                      You gotta find a way and I usually do but meantime when all else fails I have Ryland. Thank Heaven for this board handing Ryland (her little rescued Chihuahua Peabody) to me when my world crashed on top of me.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks everyone. I am hardly sick at all. I guess I should not worry. I used to close on Wednesdays and make my appointments on that day. Now that I am by myself I work Wednesdays to groom all the dogs.
                        I did call a customer on Friday to tell her I cannot groom her dog anymore due to weight issues. I left a message for her, so I am waiting for her return call. That way I can cancel all her prebooked appointments.
                        I have a sore tooth and my dentist is only open during the day, luckily I am off tomorrow and they gave me an appointment. I would have to change dentists to an evening dentist since I work every day now.
                        That is why I am worried. I find it hard to make any appointments to even get my haircut.
                        I think a found an assistant though and will be talking to her next week.
                        I will be happy if it works out and then I can take my Wednesdays off again. I work Saturdays too, but try and work every second Saturday, but I always find myself booking appointments every Saturday.
                        Thanks again.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by keyray View Post
                          I used to have nightmares about this, literally I would dream that I am sick and I'm panicked because I don't know what to do or where to reschedule dogs.
                          Oh my gosh, I too have the same dreams. If I'm stressed at work or whatever I'll have dreams about getting sick and having to cancel and I'll also have dreams about not being able to finish all the dogs that are booked for the day. In my dreams I'll get all stressed out and I'll wake up and it'll take me a few minutes to realize it was a dream. They seem so real to me.

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                          • #14
                            I don't get sick very often either, it's been 4 yrs since I've even had a cold and the flu 3 yrs ago. I do takeNow if it's just pain areas I have plenty of them!!

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                            • #15
                              Ugh, in January my hand got mauled by a cat....I mean a vicious mountain lion! *cough* So I had to take almost two weeks off because my hand was in a splint. Then when it was off I had a 20 pound limit. My customers freaked the eff out when they couldn't get in the day after calling. I work at a vet with a manager that'll roll over on his back for them so my 20 pound limit turned into a 120 pound limit. I was not happy. Then this week I was actually diagnosed with pneumonia and put on bed rest. I didn't take a single day off. I've started putting my foot down about my manager respecting my limits but when there's only me there to do my job...what am I supposed to do? I feel horrible having to reschedule clients. I feel like I've already taken more time off then is my due and I'm going to be taking over two weeks off for my wedding in June. I really, really wish I had just a little more business so that we could hire a second part time person.

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