How NOT to Wash a Dog
by, 03-31-2009 at 01:14 PM (1097 Views)
Ok, this was so good I had to share. Our dog "Ringo" (yes I love the Beatles, but my favorite is John...not a good dog name) is 2 years old and about 85 lbs. I call him our little ox. My dd referrs to him as her hairy little brother. He is a sweet dog, but a spaz. We got him at the shelter when he was 6 wks. old so we don't really know what kind of dog he is. They listed him as a husky mix because he has one blue and one brown eye. He also has 2 coats of fur....a down and regular...great!
You can guess that because of his size that giving him a bath is a chore. I have checked all our local groomers and they charge $85 for the bath and extra for his fur type. If you are in as much shock as I was, you probablly would go and buy a $5 bottle of dog shampoo and give it a try, right. Well I did, and today was the day.
I problably didn't mention that he is terrified of water...I know that when I got his collar off and locked the bathroom door I was reminded. I turned on the water and sat on the toilet to get his booties on (so he doesn't scratch the tub). He jumped on top of me and knocked me off the toilet...no I was not hurt, but the toilet seat came with me...ugg.
Anyhow, our tub has sliding glass doors...I had to pick him up...uggg again...and then put him in the tub. He just stood there paralized as I washed him..thank God. When I finished I shut the glass doors to let him shake a bit...not a good idea. The doors are now covered in fur clumps. So I get him out onto the floor, which I had removed all obsticales, and he starts shaking. I don't know why he is so scared. He whines and I try to comfort him. Then he delivers me a present (yes he pooed). I open the bathroom door and let him free.
My whole house smells of wet dog and poo. I have every candle lit that I own. He is of course laying against the couch in his usual spot, while I am trying to get the hair balls out of the bath and figure out how to duct tape a toilet seat until my dh comes home.
The funny thing is that with all the mishaps I think I still saved money...now that's crazy! And this is how NOT to wash a dog.