This was a good weekend to give the entire gang a bath and trim… warm air and sunshine. Plenty of dirt landed in the sink after a week of rain. Yes – it was much-needed rain and my gardens are looking great… but I’ve been mopping the muddy floor multiple times this week. Hopefully, mud season is behind us… hopefully.
With four dogs, I make it a two-day process. Day one, everyone gets bathed and day two, trimmed. With the dog tub, it’s quick and easy. Takes 10 minutes each dog… lather up with shampoo, rinse, apply conditioner, rinse again. Done.
Trimming takes much longer, of course, and since I’m in no way a skilled groomer, it’s a slow process for me. That is except for Violet, the Australian Labradoodle. With Vi, it’s a snip here and a snip there – mostly around her eyes to be sure she can see through all her hair and around her paws. I also trimmed the hair on her tail because I don’t like the bushy-tail look on these dogs. I prefer having the tail-hair stay short and curly like the rest of the coat. So, I took 5 minutes and snipped these areas on Vi and she was off outside playing in the field.
James, Annie, and Lily got their full trim and manicuring. James took a good hour and a half to work on (he had a lot of extra hair on him), Annie and Lily took about a half hour each. They really enjoy the one-on-one time with me while they’re on the table, and it’s a race to see who jumps aboard the grooming table first.
I had actually planned to save easy Violet for last, but she’s quickly learned that this is a fun, treat-filled activity – so while the other three were mulling things over in their minds, Vi literally sprung up on the table and looked at me as much as to say, Me first! Not only is it fun for them, but I enjoy it too…. and they really love being clean and trim.