Saturday I spent the majority of the day bathing my own dogs #whew…
The boys needed a bath. # baddddd
As Harley shows new interest in “nose work” activity – sniffing out leaves, twigs and sticky things from under hedges and bushes…
Jaxson’s chemistry with this summer heat and humidity has created a real funky musky scent. Mix that homegrown fragrance with the damp odor from under his chin (he’s Jacques Cousteau in his water bowl) and you’ve got a hot mess express called “stank.”
Mid week, in the car – I caught a whiff and immediately nick-named him “big sour”…
It was close to 90 degrees that day, and I needed both air conditioning with the windows down as we drove to our destination. #funkydoodle
WORKING DOODLES –
This will be Harley’s first “official” work week with me…
Therapy dogs must be clean.
Many Therapy Dog Organizations require your dog has a bath 24 hours before you volunteer.
I can’t honestly say I do that – but I am conscience about how he looks, feels and most of all smells.
Their groomer was out of town this weekend – the weekend they should have had a bath. So I did what I don’t like to do – I bathed them myself!
BATHING DOODS MYSELF –
To bathe both Harley & Jaxson drains me. I know my limitations, pawhaps that’s why I gave up regular mani’s and pedi’s so that I could budget for more grooming appointments.
I packed up all my gear: shampoo, conditioner, detangling spray, brushes, combs, fragrance oils and headed to a place where I could use their dog tubs and blow dryers.
Jaxson, my Doodle Dolphin likes the tub…
When I’m at the other end of the hose, he thinks it’s our time for water aerobics. I spray him – he shakes back. Hard to tell whose soaked more – him or I. By the time I’m finished, he’s exhausted…
The sad part is so am I – but I have one more Dood to wash!
Harley is the pawfect client – however, his hair is dense and seems to hold both shampoo AND the water, so he requires additional time lathering and rinsing. #ohmyachingback
THE BENEFITS –
But bathing my own dogs has tremendous benefits.
The one benefit that always trumps my aching back and shriveled up fingers is the intimacy I have with their bodies.
When they’re wet I’m able to examine their skin, feel all over for lumps and/or bumps. As I blow dry, I can see even more.
I used to bathe them often in the past – somehow I’ve gotten away from that. Saturday was a reminder – I need to do this more often – pawhaps once a month.
It took me from 1:45pm to 4:40pm but I don’t think I did that bad…
They still seem to love me…
I have a grooming table and a place on my porch to work, I just need a blow dryer for dogs. Gonna hop on my research train this week.
If you own a blow dryer for dogs I’d love to know which one you use and how much you like it.
Today is Monday, may your coffee be hot and your eyeliner even ❤