Dr. Seuss would love my dogs

Like the Cat in the Hat, I show up and people usually say, “Don’t you let him come near! You know what he did the last time he was here.” However, I like to believe that Mr. Hat and I are both just misunderstood entertainers who occasionally trash a house with the help of a couple accomplices.9.1

Thing One and Thing Two

I recently realized that every time I give the dogs a bath, it’s pretty much the exact plot of The Cat in The Hat Comes Back.  First the pups make a mess of the bathtub and I have to clean that up. I dry the dogs as best I can, but they magically become sopping wet when they cross the threshold of the bathroom. Then the fun begins.


Penny jumps on the bed and rolls everywhere, so I have to wash my cover


Then she flops around on the couch, so I have to wipe that down


Eko likes to get dry by dragging himself along the length of the floor


Penny watches Eko’s technique


Then joins the wild rumpus herself


I promise you I THOROUGHLY dry them both beforehand, but short of a blow dryer it’s never enough



In The Cat in the Hat Comes Back it’s pink spots all over the house, here it’s water and dog hair

And so it goes, I try to keep up with the dogs and clean up the covers, cushions, rugs and furniture in their wake. Eventually with one final VOOM I manage to get the apartment in shape, usually right before Emily gets home.



All she sees are a couple calm, clean pups, quietly sleeping in a clean apartment

As I learned from the kids in the book, sometimes it’s best to keep quiet when Emily walks in, looks at the pups and says to those two, “Did you have any fun? / Tell me. What did you do?”

33 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss would love my dogs”

  1. I love the pic of Eko with the paw placed dramatically across his face! And by the way, how do you get his nails so perfect? He really has a beautiful paw-dicure!

    • Thanks, I love that drama-queen photo too! I trim Eko’s nails with a grinder. It took some time (and a whole lot of treats) for him to get used to it but it was more than worth the effort. Now I can trim his nails quickly and easily.

  2. Thank heavens Sam has only had one bath in his life – when I brought him home from the shelter…..it was a bloody affair then and would be worse now I’m quite sure!!! I’d be four times wetter than he would be too. Anyway, love the photos – especially the one of Penny’s cute face up close! I think you’re wise not to get into too many details when Emily gets home after bath night…..just smile and say “it was a great day!”…..


  3. At least they have the fur they do. My sisters and I take forever to get dry! The bathroom is a total wet, and hairy mess when we leave it to do zoomies around the house! I love Dr. Seuss and he would be loving this post!


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