If someone had been around my house yesterday, they would have thought that a tiny puppy was in trouble or that someone was killing a puppy. They would have been wrong. I was simply bathing Nia.
I decided that I’ll spend this week bathing and grooming the dogs. The first to get a bath was Haley. She wasn’t too bad; reluctant, but not bad. She got a bath, a brushing, and a trim. Things went so well that I decided that I’d bathe another dog. I decided on Nia because I didn’t think she’d give me any problems. I was wrong.
As soon as I got her in the tub and turned the water on she started whimpering and crying. Many times she tried to jump out of the tub or climb the walls. Due to that, the bath took longer than it really needed to.
She was more than happy to get out of the tub, but that was before she realized there was more…the blow dryer.
I had her leashed so she wouldn’t escape. She strained at the end of the leash to get away from the blow dryer, calling to anyone and everyone to free her from the torture. Sometimes she’d even climb into my lap, hoping that it would keep her away from the dryer.
Drying took longer than anticipated as well because I stopped frequently to brush her out and talk to her. One thing I have to say about Nia is she loves being brushed. She’s curl up in my lap as I brushed and combed her hair out. Sometimes she’d stretch out so I could really brush her only to resume yelping when the dryer turned back on.
Eventually she got dried and brushed out. She has beautiful hair and oddly enough it doesn’t mat easily. I think I finally have the Shih Tzu that I want–one that I can keep her hair long. I just need to work into my routine to brush her–and the others–every day.
So…two dogs down and three to go. I’m not sure if I have the energy, but the baths must go on. Or at least until I get the other three done. Then that will be that for another two or three weeks.
Well I guess that’s about it. Sorry that this was a boring post. I’m still adjusting to my medicine and I’m a bit sleepy. So, until next time, if someone presents a brush sit in their lap and milk the attention for all its worth.