Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Before we continue with the Ireland trip...

Let's fast-forward to today, just for this one post.

Two of our dogs, Mandy and Dodger, have been having serious itching problems. I just bathed them less than a week ago to try to address this issue, but the scratching hasn't stopped. Also, they've had anti-flea treatments. The cause of their itching has been a bit of a mystery. A frustrating mystery.

Hoping to resolve their issue, and thinking that perhaps a new shampoo was irritating their skin, I went to Petco for something designed to relieve itchy canine skin. While I was there, I saw this...

I beg your pardon? Love Glove? What sicko thought that was a good name for a pet product?


On a happier note, the canine cleanings are complete. Believe me, it's a lot of work, and I'm glad it's done!

At least it gives us a chance to enjoy some singing. Singing? Yes, singing.

When each dog is done being shampooed and conditioned, they are asked to "shake it out." That's the phrase they know for shaking dry. Invariably, the repeated requests to shake out will result in Marc and me singing (with apologies to the Beatles--and anyone with a fondness for the song "Twist & Shout" *grin*):

Shake it out, Dodgie*, now,
Shake it out, Dodgie,
Twist and bark,
Twist and bark,
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon Dodgie now,
Come on, Dodgie,
Come on and work it on out.

(*or Mandy)

Yes, it's just nonstop laughs around here! (Well, it never gets old for us!) :)


Greg said...

A little song is never unwelcome at bath time. There's a long history, in fact ( "Rubber Ducky", "Splish-splash" and "Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" to name just a few...); nice to know it continues.

Just imagine if you had a dog like mine, who grunted her annoyance and left the room every time a musical came on the television.

ATG said...

that is too cute!

my last dog would shake on command, very useful when coming in from the rain.

my current sweetie holds up a paw for a handshake when you say shake.

have you tried an oatmeal shampoo? works wonders for my dog.

Marc said...

ATG: yup, our dogs shake on command when they want to. If they are outside in the rain, they'll usually do it when told. In the bath, however, we're lucky if they do it once. After that, all you get is a "screw you" glare.

We do use the oatmeal shampoos (esp. good for the black lab's sensitive skin), which have helped, but this has got to be some sort of flea thing. We sprayed them with flea spray last night and it seems to have calmed them down.