Oh alright, I guess in fairness there are a few - decomposing flesh for one (oh dearie me - there's an experience I certainly do not wish to ever repeat again, not at all, at all, at all..), and then my big bruv's cheesy feet, maybe, oh - and my da's silent farts, of course, well yeah, they emptied out a room in a nano-second. But all the same, Jake's daily swim sure takes it's toll on the old olfactory senses.
Bad enough he stinks out the car, once home, he snuggles up to slowly steam-dry against my elbow. He leans against me on the sofa (not that he is actually allowed on the sofa, naturally, well. least of all not when dear old hubby is about), no nudging in the world will budge him (Jake that is, not hubby, er, although now I come to think of it.. but even so, hubby rarely stinks that bad.)
I Wouldn't mind so much if he didn't also carry half the beach back home with him. I tell you, we have corners of our house here just screaming out for a bucket and spade. His coat is nothing less than a canine vacuum, it transplants an acre of sand faster than it would take a bevy of bricklayers with super-charged dumper trucks, all working together on a triple-early-finish bonus.
Bathing him is complicated, he is too heavy to lift, flatly refuses to go in the bath, and needs extreme enticement to enter the shower. First I go in clutching a peeled banana (he loves bananas). Soon as he gets all four paws in over the stall, I pounce, sealing the door closed, trapping him inside.
Trouble is, so am I.
It's a close call as to which of us exits the most traumatised.
I've lost the battle with grooming. C'mon, don't blame me, he even defeated the portable pooch-lady, didn't he? Still, since then things have muchly deteriorated, and I've finally been forced to
Today was the day.
Awww, who's a sweet-smelling, purty little poochie now then, eh?
So this week I got me to thinking. I reckoned what's good for the goose and all that..
Maybe he wasn't the only one in this house long overdue a trim. There comes a time, doesn't there? I guess with my big five zero fast approaching, a new, shorter hairstyle might be in order - so I went and took the chop.It sure feels a lot lighter, and just think of the hours I'll save drying it!