I found an informative article on the Underwater Dogs Blog today.
As you know from my earlier blogs, I don’t like having a bath. But with my adventurous nature and love of duck poo perfume from Subiaco Common, I’ve learned to just give in to the event, and not run away like I did when I was little.
These are a few of the clever hints that Underwater Dog Blogger Baccarat suggested I give to my Mum.
A Non-Slip Mat helps me more secure in the bath
If you mix some shampoo with water in a squishy bottle then it is easy to distribute evenly and means Mum does not have to keep getting more shampoo from the bottle.
I know you try not to get water in my ears Mum but Baccarat says you could put some cotton wool balls in to help keep them drier. This sounds a good idea to me.
When you clean my dirty paws, ears and bottom you might need to use shampoo straight from the bottle. The lovely Underwater Dogs shampoo takes all the smell away.
Mum, please don’t forget to use warm water and to start at my tail end before doing my sensitive face.
Of course you must not forget to rinse the shampoo thoroughly.
Always have a good supply of treats please, then I’ll be very good and won’t throw too much water over you.
Don’t forget to allow plenty of time for the massage. Mmmmm, I just melt inside when you do those deep strokes down my back. Thank you Mum.
I prefer it when you dry me with an absorbent towel as the hairdryer is a bit noisy.
I might not like the process but I know you love how clean and shiny I look afterwards
Why do you check if your dog’s nose is wet or dry? Do you believe the myth that it reflects my health? As Cesar Milan points out on his website, my nose’s moisture level is more about my activities on that day.
When I shove my cold wet nose against my Mum’s face, I hope she thinks it’s wonderful and endearing. But does she really want my slimy nose in her face? Does she wonder where it been in the hours she was at work?
Although my nose seems to work perfectly fine dry, my nose cells secrete mucus when I am reading a WeeMail or following a complicated scent. The moisture helps my nose cells absorb the chemicals so I can identify a smell more efficiently.
I also lick my nose a lot – a nose get dirty when it is scrounging around the edges of a food bowl or following a rat’s scent in the garden. According to Cesar Milan, licking also helps the olfactory glands on the roof of my mouth to sample the scents as they dissolve.
Now that I think about it, I can tell you other reasons for why my nose is moist. A wet nose helps me cool down on hot days while shoving my nose into dewy grass on a frosty morning makes me feel alive.
A dry nose doesn’t mean I am sick. My nose temperature and moisture level fluctuate. It might be wet in the morning, dry at noon, and slimy in the evening (just in time to give Mum a kiss when she gets home!)
When I heard that Pope Francis (2014) had decreed that dogs are allowed in heaven I thought about writing a poem. My thanks go to my mate Koko red dog who wrote something very similar which I have part plagiarised. The poem is set somewhere in the future.