I feel good - shower time

Dirty dogs are gross and believe me I've met many.  Sometimes a dog is simply dirty with good old dirt; like when they have a good dig session.  But then there are the times when they have just gone too long between baths and a big hug is all that is needed to know that it is bath day.  Luke had a good digging session yesterday and it had been a while so that was my sign that it was bath day.

Sunny Sunday bath day; well at least two out of three got done.  It is a strategic process, one that is well thought out with deliberate steps to the final results.  Once one dog goes in the other ones stress; well at least the other poodle or poodles.  These days Jessie isn't really aware of much other than feed time.  I was going to put Luke in first; he was sitting beside me as I worked on the computer but then he left.  This meant that I would have to call him to the bath; this is always a huge tip off and the shaking begins.

I opted for Jessie, she was sleeping so I just grabbed her and in she went.  It is a quick procedure for a smooth coated 14 lb little gal.  I put a good amount of shampoo on before the water; this is something that I started a couple of years ago when we had a bad flea problem.  Soap goes on, then I add the water so there is instant suds just in case there are any stowaways on board.  They cannot get out of the soap and drown quickly.  Happily I saw no one emerge in attempts of saving themselves yesterday.

I achieved an unnoticed bath for Jessie, that is until I put her outside to dry.  One shake and the waft of shampoo gave Luke a heads up.  He stressed a bit and I resumed my computer work; Luke stared at me with suspicious eyes.  Once I had worked for a while he let his guard down and I quickly ushered him into the shower.  It was all done so quickly that there was no shaking or trembling and we moved right onto enjoying the massage.  I always think that having a bath for a dog must feel pretty amazing.

But it's not a bath really is it?  We always say our dogs are having a bath but they have showers.  Even when they are standing in the bathtub they get a shower.  My guys are always in the shower, we have two showers and one bath and they are never in the tub.  We often see dogs on television in a tub in the yard or the bathtub but most people shower.  Throwing your dog in the bathtub and filling it up could lead to a huge mess unless your talking about a tiny guy.  Anyways, back to showering.

Once Luke was done it was outside to dry as well.  He always has the zoom around after and I hang outside with him until he is dry enough to come in.   I then went to get Tilley who was snoring away; sound asleep tucked in a corner and I did not have the heart to wake her.  So it is in the shower for her today.  Done for at least a couple weeks and we start over again.


  1. i'm always amazed how my dogs know it's bathtime. i do not do any preparation such as towels, shampoo, etc. until they are in the shower and somehow they know and run to hide before i ever call them. how do they know?

  2. Luckily, Edward doesn't seem to mind the shower so much. He doesn't like it, by any means, but once he's in there with me, he is very philosophical about the whole thing. I think it helps that I'm in there showering as well. I tried to do just him before, but ended up so wet and messy, that I thought I might as well strip off and get clean myself.
    Blowdrying though, is a two man job. Hubby holds the dryer, while I try and comb out the fur.


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