August 20th 2012 11:30 am
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Hi all! I'm all clean and shiny now! let me tell you how it happened.
Back in Mexico we always had a walk-in shower, so it was as easy as getting me in there and giving me a bath. I learned to do it pretty easily.
However here in Montreal we only have a bathtub, and it's really scary for me to get into; I'm afraid to slip and hurt myself. So mom & dad's first idea, to get me into the bathtub, failed miserably. Also, because of my back problems, they can't just lift me into the tub.
So last year, I only had one bath, at a pet store where they were able to give me a bath since they had a drain on the floor. Seems pretty simple but not a lot of places are able to bathe a big dog like me! However, this pet store closed down and so they were unable to take me there again. It's a big city and I'm sure other places could accomodate me, but since we don't have a car, it would have to be within walking distance.
As you can imagine, bathing once a year means I was already somewhat dirty. So mom & dad started looking at ways to give me a bath. First they asked in other nearby pet stores. Some refused, and one of them said they could accomodate me, but when dad looked at their bathing facility, it turned out to be just a large sink about 4 feet above the ground. Ideal for bathing small dogs, but I would have been hysterical if they'd tried to put me there.
Next they tried to coerce me into the bathtub again. This also failed because I refused to go in there; it's too scary for me.
So they were pretty worried by now. Then they had a weird idea! They bought a small kiddie pool, it's basically a large but shallow pan (4 feet in diameter, about 8 inches high). They put this over a large plastic sheet to collect any splashing water, put *me* in the kiddie pool (something I had no problems with, as it's really shallow!) and gave me a bath with warm water from a bucket!
It worked like a charm, I obviously stayed very still and they were able to really soap me up and give me a good scrubbing. I came out all clean and shiny, and I don't smell of dirty dog anymore!
We're all very happy and we can now recommend a way to give baths to large dogs if you don't have a shower or a patio where you can just let the water go down a drain: use a kiddie pool!
Well I'm off to enjoy my cleanliness! See ya!
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Sounds like a wonderful bath!! Enjoy being clean--the people really do love it, mine always sniff me and tell me how good I smell after a bath!:)
I think you had it made....too bad the humans came up with an idea to get you bathed. Who would expect that from the humans?LOL
That's a great idea.
I won't tell Dad about it . . . I hate baths.
Hi Riley, I don't like bathing that much myself but it was long overdue. Hope you're doing OK!
Bandit, yes, I don't think dogs in the wild have to bathe, but you know how crazy humans are.
Margo, yes, humans respond better to a clean dog, I get a lot more scratches and pats that way!