What made me think bathing a dog was a good idea?
What made me think it would be an easy task?
On Wednesday I asked you to select the doodle I chose to bathe…
Looking at the photo it’s no surprise EVERYONE guessed correctly…
SO WHY THE EXPERIMENT? –
Now that Harley’s a therapy dog. I cannot (in good conscience) place him on a patient’s bed reeking like #dog
Baths are needed more often. #Iacceptthat
I started looking at ways to “reallocate” Doodle funds. #showmethemoney
I chose to bathe Jaxson because he sports a shorter look which made me think he would be easier, even though –
- I am not a professional groomer.
- bathing dogs is not something I do regularly.
- he’s now a big boy.
So after I dropped Harley off at the groomer, Jaxson accompanied me to one of those do it yourself dog bath thingies…
They’re a fraction of the cost, they supply everything and you do all the labor. #briefswell
At The Pet Mahal, Christine –
- cleans Harley’s paw pads
- trims around his eyes and face
- gives him a sanitary trim
- cleans his ears
- trims his nails
- gives him two shampoos
- AND conditioner
- plus a good “cool air” blow dry
At All is Well Pets, I barely managed to –
- give Jaxson two shampoos
- survive a rinse war between him, me and the sprayer
- use conditioner – which may have turned into a “leave-in” product
- AND a quick towel dry
That was it!…
MY THOUGHTS? –
It was a daytime nightmare filled with horror, agony, and torture.
Jax is very strong, and equally uncooperative. #paininthesani
My protective gear was no match for the #demondoodle. I was dripping wet under the plastic apron.
He was like a long wet tailed Orca Doodle Whale in that water. Think I’m lying?
GUESS WHAT THIS IS? –
Like an enormous mythical sea monster – the Kraken snapped two leads in the middle of the shampoo session, releasing him from the tub. #Imgonnaneedabiggertub
Water and soap bubbles were all over the floor. I was slipping and sliding like James Brown during a concert. #aintitfunkynow
I had absodoodletutely no energy left to blow dry him or me!
Riding with the windows down at 55 miles per hour, he air dried in the car en-route to pick-up his brother.
It’s easy to conclude by the furry facial expressions who enjoyed their spa day and who loathed his…
FOR THE RECORD –
Professional groomers deserve every dollar they charge. What little bit of money I saved – cost me in energy and sanity.
This is one memory I’d just assume not store in my mental rolodex!
WILL I EVER BATHE HIM AGAIN? –
Later that night, as I slid my battle fatigued twisted torso carefully and slowly into my bed – I assessed my attempt to be thrifty:
I gave it a shot and it is what it is. I shall re-adjust my Doodle budget and make it work. I do feel somewhat victorious because I tried, and that’s good enough for me!
If you’ve never tried to imitate your groomer before, give it a go #atleastonce And then the next time you see her, make sure you bring her flowers.
Let us remember the true meaning of Memorial Day this year.
Be blessed, be safe and be kind 🙂