Chris Evans tried to groom his dog, left a big bald spot

Today’s Quarantine PSA – I know we have all convinced ourselves that we have some latent hairdresser inside us that has been itching to come out but please, for the love of Christ, leave the pets out of that nonsense. While people like Pink and Anderson Cooper have shown us why the untrained should heed Jonathon Van Ness’ advice to put the scissors down, Chris Evans recently proved the same for anyone who thought they could negotiate dog clippers during quarantine. Chris, who just joined Instagram, posted a shot of his devoted, loving and adorable pup, Dodger, after Chris attempted to clean up his coat. And he biffed it. He gave poor Dodger a bald spot on his right shoulder:

This is all my fault. I complimented Chris on his work in cleaning up his brother Scott’s hair attempt and It went straight to his head. One fix job and Chris fancies himself Vidal Sassoon. Poor Dodger. Chris thinks he convinced Dodger that he looks good, but Dodger knows. You can see it in his stance. Fortunately, it will grow back, as will Dodger’s trust.

Even though Chris demonstrated exactly why we should leave things to the professionals, I understand the desire to groom our fur kids. My doggos nails need some serious attention and since I’ve never clipped dog nails before, I would be more scared then they were during the process. I’m fine bathing and brushing them, but that’s as far as I’ll allow myself to go. Fortunately, my dogs aren’t a long-haired breed. Plus they just got done shedding their winter coats so there is less hair to deal with anyway. I think I’ll tape this shot of Dodger to our clippers, though, just in case lockdown drags on. Now, all that said, I might have other plans for my pups*:

*I swear to you, I will not dye my dogs fur. But know that I want to. So. Very. Much.

Also, was this all an excuse to post Dodger photos? Yes. Yes it was.

Anyone else’s pups asking these questions?

Photo credit: Twitter

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  1. Lori says:

    I have a rescue that looks like Chewbacca and we had to buy some clippers and have a go because she can get so easily matted & overheated (and I’m up in Canada). The results were…function over fashion. And the way she looks at me now – she totally knows it and is very disappointed with me.

  2. Jellybean says:

    Was this a stunt? A dog like that doesn’t need clipping, just a good groom to get rid of loose hair.

    • Erinn says:

      That’s what I was wondering. It can cause more damage than benefit clipping a dog that isn’t supposed to be clipped – they need the coats for sun protection and cooling.

      I’m just not sure how it went so wrong haha.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah I can understand for a longer haired dog, but that dog looks fine as is?
      The photos of them snuggling are super cute though.

    • AMM says:

      I did some twitter stalking and it does look like Dodger gets a short haircut fairly often. Theres a few pics where you can clearly see he had just been buzzed. And a few where he has a few inches of hair. I personally dont think Dodgers fur even at its longest is worth doing a DIY cut, but it doesnt seem like he only did it as a stunt.

    • Anony83 says:

      I’m honestly not sure what kind of “stunt” giving your dog a bad haircut would be but for a lot of long-haired dogs, frequent grooming isn’t unusual. I think it’s far more likely that Chris sincerely thought he could give his dog a cut and then discovered it is not nearly as easy to cut a dog’s hair as he might have hoped.

      Also, this past week it has finally started to get warmer here in MA. A lot of people give longer haired dogs short haircuts when the weather heats up.

  3. Jellybean says:

    What kind of human being would dye a dog? I can’t believe some people, they will go online and shame you for walking a dog off the lead and don’t seem to understand that throwing unnecessary chemicals at your dog is not ok. My labs get hosed down if they roll in fox poo! and one of them needs their ears cleaned regularly and that is it. They do not need their nails clipped because they walk a lot, they don’t need baths because they swim everyday and they don’t need fussing with because they are labs and not fashion items.

    • Grant says:

      I definitely bathe my labs after they swim. Otherwise they STINK like wet dog and then so does my furniture. No thanks.

      • Jellybean says:

        Nope, as long as you dry them off they are fine. The water is clean, they don’t need soap.

    • hmp says:

      they do have special dyes for animals that aren’t harmful! I’m hoping the person used those.

    • KL says:

      If you click through to the tweet, it’s actually a sponsored post for dyes specifically formulated for dogs. Well, SAFE for dogs — anything like that is always for the human.

      (Dog looks CUTE though.)

  4. SJR says:

    I have buzzed my dog several times since no groomers. It goes Ok cause she is mellow but, it does not look good. Neither do my bangs which I also have trimmed.

    Dodger is adorable! What a cute dog.
    Chris Evans looks gooood these days.

  5. Jerusha says:

    Awwwwww, Dodger! Makes Chris even more attractive.

  6. Lightpurple says:

    I have seen Dodger running on two occasions. He is a very cute dog. As is his human.

    We will not be buzzing our long haired cat here, although she has a few mats. I value my life too much.

    My hair salon has started sending out comforting emails once a week, urging patience and hats.

    • Miss V says:

      Like, you’ve seen Chris Evans in his natural habitat? And with Dodger? Omg, I would die!

      • Lightpurple says:

        Yes. Several times. He goes running or walking with Dodger near the Old North Bridge and the Old Manse in Concord. Revolutionary War history, 19th century American literature, pretty landscape, a cute dog and America’s butt all in one quick view.

      • The Recluse says:

        Sounds like my sort of territory: history!!! He’s so lucky.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      I’ve never been more jelly!

  7. Eribra says:

    my groomer is in a doggie day care, they were able to remain open with no contact drop off/ pick up. I dropped my boy off at 8am and picked up a shiny clean boy at 530pm. when he wasn’t being groomed he was playing in day care. he’s short haired so we could have done without but he needed his anal glands expressed and I am not going to even attempt that. the 3 days it took till our appt he smelled soooo bad.

    • lucy2 says:

      One of the groomers here is a day care too, and while they’ve been closed, they’re starting to open for appointments now. I’m sure they are BOMBARDED with calls, both from their regulars, and all the north Jersey people here at their beach houses.

  8. C-Shell says:

    Even though our state (VA) is still in lockdown until at least June 10, the groomers are now allowed to serve clients with curbside drop off and pick up. Also, my dog’s groomer only books one pet at a time because the space is too small for more than one or two groomers to work together. So, before I got antsy and did something ill-advisable, I was able to get Fergus groomed. It was good timing. The only periods when he sheds noticeably are when the seasons change.

    Chris does great selfies with Dodger! What an adorable pair.

  9. Jillian says:

    Re: dog dyeing – woolly white dogs like that can be easily and harmlessly dyed with gel food coloring. Don’t use products designed for human hair, even vegetable based temporary colors, they’re full of fragrances and other crap. If you can’t make it happen with food coloring, don’t do it

  10. Brooke says:

    I always think I can cut my dogs hair and it turns out awful every single time. My poor friend looks like she just crawled out of the dumpster after losing a rough fight to a wood chipper. I promise myself that I am taking her to the groomer next time but I never do. It’s like I forget that I have no hairdressing skills and try it all again. Molly lets me. She has absolute faith in my abilities and just goes with it.

    I love all these videos where the sweet wife is cutting her husband’s hair. My husband won’t let me come near him with a pair of clippers or scissors. He knows better.

  11. Lady Keller says:

    Awwww Dodger looks a lot like my puppy. He sheds like crazy and I’ve joked about buzzing him, but I don’t think I ever would. I just don’t think some dogs should have their hair cut.

  12. Ninks says:

    If you’re thinking about clipping your dog’s nails, check out this woman’s genius hack. It’s hilarious but absolutely effective.

  13. EMc says:

    We recently moved from northern Virginia to South Carolina and our Japanese Chin mix was dying in the 85 degree days. I had to buzz her. It looked a little choppy at first, but it’s kind of settled. It was torture, for both of us!

  14. Aang says:

    I’ve always cut my dog’s hair. She’s a golden retriever and I keep the long belly, chest, and haunch fur trimmed very short. It often looks like hell and she’s had her share of bald spots but idk. I trim her because she’s very active outdoors and the long hair is too hard to wash when we get home from a muddy romp. Saves me lots of time and money to just do it myself.

    • Louisa says:

      My golden won’t let me anywhere near her with the shaver. She’s scared of everything so I decided her looking like a hobo for a bit was better than causing her so much anxiety!

  15. WriterMarie says:

    OMG, Chris makes me want a dog. Dodger is sooo cute!

    Side note, I can’t get a dog currently bc my roommate has 2 angry a***ole cats. (Who are BTW sooo obnoxious with their meowing!!)

  16. TheOriginalMia says:

    Poor Dodger! Good thing he loves his Daddy.

    My groomer has been seeing my Lulu at his house. I hand her over out the window and come back in 2 hours. She has to have her anal glands squeezed and I’m not trying that.

  17. Wannabesith says:

    I can honestly say that I would of not made it through all of this without my Winchester. My company has been shut down since April 6th. We are supposed to be going back on the 18th. For all of you that have ordered or are waiting for your Subaru give us some time, you’ll get it, I digress…hubby and I work for the same company, we are both retired Marines and have not in our 31 years of marriage spent this much extended time together. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my hubby, but he’s on my last damn nerve. So, I lock myself up in my room with Winchester and my PlayStation. He is a Border Collie so sitting still is really hard for him, he just can’t do it, LOL. But, when we cuddle he is so calm and soft and his cute little snores. He was given to me by the VA as my Service Dog for my PTSD and boy does he work. Okay, I babbling on…I just came to tell you all that my doggy is my world…

    • Faye G says:

      That’s very sweet, I’m glad you have a doggie friend to get you through this! I don’t have one yet but I’ve been looking at shelter websites. I’m desperate for a furry friend to be my pandemic buddy

  18. Amelie says:

    Dodger! America’s favorite dog. Well Chris tried but realized hopefully to leave it to the pros. Adventures in dog grooming never end well when you have no idea what you’re doing haha.

    As much as I would LOVE a dog right now during this pandemic, I’m glad my bichon frisé is no longer alive right now. Bichons don’t shed so they need regular haircuts like poodles. Milou hated being brushed so we did it very rarely, mostly let our groomer handle him. He hated being groomed too and bathed and whenever we went to pick him up, he’d spot us from the crates where they put the finished dogs and start howling like a banshee until the groomer went to go get him. It was so embarrassing, we’d have to sneak into the store and stay quiet out of sight, because if he heard or spotted us he’d go nuts. Not being able to get him groomed would be awful, because the longer you would wait, the more matted he would get! And a matted dog getting shaved down is not a happy camper, it’s painful for the dog and difficult for the groomer. I can’t even imagine trying to cut his hair myself so as much as I miss the little dude, I’m glad dog grooming is one thing I do not have to worry about during this pandemic!

    • Bichon Lover says:

      Hi Amelie,
      I have a bichon frise who is desperately in need of a haircut! He is 13 years old and I cut his nails for the first time ever in April. We were both a bit traumatized by that. No one was hurt, by we’ve jointly decided not to do it again. He looks like a little sheep. I brush him every 3-4 days to avoid mats, but I really need his groomer to open (safely, of course).