My mail couldn't have been more perfectly timed. Today, my puppy went outside to play. He, being a larger dog with lots of fur, loves to be outside for long periods of time. As he spends a lot of time outside, he can get into mischief. This means that he loves to dig! Not one of my favorite puppy traits of his....
Today has been quite the rainy January day. It was warmer, wind blowing and downpours. Just an overall yuck kind of day. Mix this with a puppy that wants to be outside, it ended as a bad mix. Being wet from rain is no big deal. Towel him a bit and let him air dry. Combine rain and digging, you have yourself a whole mess of nastiness! He was so dirty, I am not even sure dirty is the correct word as it was so much worse than "dirty".
Straight to the tub downstairs he went, not caring so much for being plopped into the tub, confined. He tried his escape several times, unsuccessfully! Stopped and forced to endure the bathtime procedure. Wet, lather, repeat, repeat and repeat! As an Old English Sheepdog, he has a ton of hair! His protective coat makes it hard to keep it moist enough to lather him up. I had to continually add water to him to keep spreading the shampoo.
The last time I had to give him a bath, I had not received my Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo yet. I improvised and used my own, Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing shampoo. I have to say that he smelled so good afterwards..... Don't forget that I have also been spritzing him with my Cedarwood concoction which supports a healthy looking coat too!
My pup is not one for forced bathtime. He enjoys the water, don't get me wrong. He wants to have water play on his terms though and this can make bathtime a challenge. By the time that I put Animal Scents shampoo on him, almost all lathered up now, he began to relax and get used to the bath. You could tell that he would have rather been anywhere but there, but he wasn't pushing on me or trying to jump out. This great shampoo contains no harsh chemicals - good for my pup and the environment. It includes Citronella, Lavandin, Lemon, Geranium, Vetiver and Northern Lights Black Spruce. What a combination!
After all is said and done, I am happy to announce that my puppy is all clean, smelling good and sleeping peacefully! He is back to his old fuzzy self as I quietly dread letting him out again tonight, where it is still wet and there is mud everywhere. I keep in my thoughts that this is a very small price to pay for the love and devotion that he gives freely to us, as his family. We are happy to bathe him daily if need be. He is loved that much. ENJOY!!