The shelter I volunteer at brought in a bunch of new dogs that needed baths, and I was around, so I got asked to help. If I’ve ever washed a dog before, I don’t remember–which is pretty much the same as if it never happened. Right? Well, at least it means I don’t have a dog-washing skill set.

It is, I figured, kind of like washing a (larger) cat. They’re not particularly enthused, but you do it anyway because fleas/ticks are no fun. Mostly, I was right. I did however, forgot about how effective a water dispersal mechanism a few good shakes is for dogs.

Very effective, if you’re wondering.

As part of a two-person team, dealing with only one small leashed dog at a time, in a large stainless steel sink… I was a bit slow, and had some difficulties, but the job got done.

Less funny than a bathed cat. Very good at looking sad, though.

Dogs were washed–four of them–dried, and returned to their cages. I got splashed in the face a bunch of times, but  I had a waterproof apron, so it worked out okay.

And next time–sometimes you’re not so much the right woman for the job as the available woman for the job–maybe I’ll do better.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

3 responses »

  1. letizia says:

    cute photo 🙂

    It’s so wonderful that you volunteer at a shelter.

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