April Showers

Spring is in the air. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

As are the seagulls Penny chases up and down the beach

But spring is also on the ground and it’s a total mess.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

Melting snow and wet sand make for a dirty mix that’s a magnet for pups

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

And with the shoreline open, the dogs kick up plenty of brackish water

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

In sum, spring gets Eko and Penny dirty from tail to nose. And sometimes even inside their noses too

Luckily, Ridgebacks are “wash and wear” dogs. Their short hair and thin coat makes washing out dirt relatively easy. Provided you can get them in the tub.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

After trial and error, I’ve found a curry comb with these Virbac products the best combination for my pups. The shampoo/conditioner is more expensive than most, but I dilute them slightly and find they work exceptionally well

While the pups get their spring cleanings, so do their blankets. Like I said, Ridgebacks don’t have much hair but they do shed more in the spring. Enough where I have to stop my dryer a couple times to clean up the lint monster.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

The joys of dog blankets

Eko and Penny may not love april showers in the tub, but they certainly enjoy the pampering afterwards.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

 Their favorite thing is to bury their heads in a dry towel while I pat them down

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose beach, chicago, adventure,  marking our territory

And their laundered bedding gets intense scrutiny to make sure it passes muster

Then, for one beautiful moment, I have a clean apartment and clean dogs. But life’s messy and so are pups, so the cycle begins again. Wouldn’t change it for the world. More baths is a price worth paying if it means this warmer weather sticks around!

23 thoughts on “April Showers”

  1. Lucky for us California dwellers, we can hose down our wash-n-go dog Banjo in the yard in the springtime… Oddly, though, after a bath he wants nothing better than to squeeze himself against the jade plant next to the house. Jade flower fragments all over his wet fur kind of defeats the purpose of a bath!

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  2. Oh yes..a temporary feeling of clean…i love the lint bunny 🙂 as opposed to a Lindt Bunny hahahhaa and yes it is fur central here as we start the approach to cooler nights..and look forward to the dead stop at the door when they see rain! great pics 🙂 hugs Fozziemum

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