Rub a Dub Dog
Okay, I want to hear all your "time for a bath" stories!
For those of you who read the comic strip "Pooch Cafe'," you know he's been sprayed by a skunk and is holding his hated master's wife's cat hostage, threatening to stink it up if they try to give him a bath. They are in negotiations, with Poncho's master explaining to him what "Stockholm syndrome" is. Read tomorrow's paper to keep up!
Tramp got sprayed by a skunk once. We used to go camping years ago, at Piney at Land Between the Lakes. Tramp was tied with tether and harness as we sat outside our camper. Skunks wandered all over the place. One came by and Tramp was interested to put it mildly. The Boss says, " You better put her in the camper." I said she was FINE, she was tied and I was holding the harness as well. He insisted. So, I made the mistake of listening to him instead of my wiser self. As I hoisted her up the steps, she jerked back, slipped the harness and took off after the skunk.
It was HIS fault, because it was trying to get her in the camper that caused the escape. She stunk. We didn't have tomato juice, only a can of tomato soup, which we poured over her. Glen said she looked like "after birth." She didn't get a full spray, but enough to stink things up. He wanted to leave her outside for the night, but I wouldn't have that, so we slept with the skunk smell all night. The next day, we went to a little store where they had a big supply of skunk shampoo.The Boss was not amused.
I've never given Zoe a bath, as she goes to the groomer about four times a year. Peanut never digs or gets into yard work, so he gets one only twice a year if lucky. Some people bathe their dogs ever week, but I read that unless a dog gets into rolling in doggie diamonds or gets totally filthy in mud or a river bottom or something, that it's not good to bathe too often, as it strips needed oils for a health coat. Peanut is a wussy dog, and while he doesn't mind a bath, he doesn't like being picked up or messed with too much. He'll give me the Elvis lip, a slightly curled warning as if he's going to nip or something, which of course, he never does. He'll give a little growl too as I pick him up for the tub, but other than that bit of defiance, he's cool.
Then there is Scooter. He has a thick coat. A longer, WHITE coat. He digs. He loves the rain. He's a mess. He gets a lot of baths...sometimes just foot baths. I had to bathe him the other day. I tried a brushing only, but he had a smell about him that wasn't coming out with a brush. But thankfully he's good in the tub.
I also use an air purifier in the bedroom, which really does wonders for doggie smell.
So, any good bath stories? Picture above is one of about seven murals I painted at my vet's office all over their walls.
posted by Sandy at 3/29/2007 09:43:00 AM