So, two smelly dogs in the house.  What to do? I know! I’ll give them a bath…

Lucky, being disabled, is quite easy to handle. He’s light enough to pick up (just) and he can’t climb out of the bath.  That’s not to say he doesn’t try, but I only have one end to hang on to, and that makes life considerable easier.

The downside to him not being able to get himself out of the bath is, of course, Mum has to lift him out. When he’s wet. And wriggly. And so grateful to be out of the bath, that he’s giving me kisses all over my face and I can’t see where I’m going….

So one wet dog, one wet Mum and one dry towel because Mum missed the landing spot for the wet wriggly one and stuck him on the carpet instead.  Oops.

The next task was to bath Stella. I must admit I chickened out of it for a long time, and with perfect Stella timing, I managed to con her into going into the bathroom.  AFTER I’d cleaned the bath.  Conning her into the bath was not going to happen, not even getting in it myself helped. With a withering look reserved for idiots, she flattened against the floor.  Getting a 35kg dog into the bath was never on the Krpyton Factor, and there’s probably a very good reason for that. Health and Safety for one. Or is that two? Either way, she wasn’t going in…

 

Modern method for getting a dog into a bath…

Front legs in bath. Fab, doing well here. Bend to pick back legs up…front legs out of bath and running across bathroom, with shrieking woman still hanging on to back legs. And repeat. Several times. Then, by pure fluke, get front legs in bath, wedge back legs to out side of bath with your knee. Shout NO! a lot. Grab back legs and wrestle dog into bath. Grab collar. Realise the only way to reach the shower pull you forgot to pull before wrestling dog is only reachable by a) letting go of dog or b) stretching so far you pull a muscle and nearly strangle the dog.  Do NOT let go of the dog.  Keep dog entertained/confused by alternating between a bath (using a jug to wet them) and a shower (to rinse them off) and alternating the sit/stay and stand/stay command. Whichever command is used, be sure to follow up with “…there you little *insert expletive of choice*…

 

And that is how the bathroom walls got washed today 😀