Monday, 13 May 2013

An Old Soak

Dogs enjoy shit
It's a fact of life.
They eat it. They play with it and unfortunately they roll in it.
it's a delightful habit.
Around 8am this morning I put a stinking William into a hot soapy bath.
He's unusual in the fact that he absolutely adores the whole bathing experience, which is lucky, for this morning he experienced a nice long soak.
Sod's law dictated that I when I had lathered him up with shampoo there was a knock on the door.
It was a neighbour wanting eggs. I had just boxed a few up when another visitor arrived, a woman who wanted to buy some ducklings. Luckily I have duck eggs in the incubator, all of which are due hatching in a week, so I took the woman on the field to have a look at the " parents".
before taking a provisional order for a trio.
I then fed the fox attack hens, cleaned the wood burner out, sorted the kitchen into shape and was just spooning dog food into three bowls when there was yet another knock on the kitchen window.
The woman waiting for eggs must of thought I was mad for just as I handed them over the garden wall, I bleated out " bleeding hell I've left William in the bath," and ran off
It had just gone 10 past 9
He had been standing in the bath for over an hour

Before
And after

66 comments:

  1. Murdering cocks, now ill-treating our faithful friends... what ARE you like?

    Hope he hasn't shrunk?

    You are a caution!

    LLX

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    1. I know...... Not doing too well on the animal care front recently

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  2. I did something similar with a goat once... except I left her tied to the bumper of an old VW bus while I cleaned a pen, dumped the muck, and then went inside for the rest of the evening. Left her there all night. She never made a sound. When I found her the next morning, she was comfortably laying by the bus, placidly chewing cud, and giving me the 'is it breakfast time? I would very much enjoy some alfalfa.' look. ;)

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    1. Thank you for that....more of these neglect stories may make you feel better

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  3. Do dogs get bath paws and shrivel up as well?

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  4. oh no poor william! i hope to don't have a hankering to have children?

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    1. No... Kids would send me lala

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  5. He would have smelt delightful (briefly)- and had the fun of finding fresh things to roll in to alter that smell. I doubt he minded at all.

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  6. I bet he got straight out of the bath and straight into the nearest pile of fox shit.

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  7. Ah sweet William....he probably could have got out if he wanted too and was feeling ill treated. Maybe he enjoyed the footsoak!

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  8. Cruel Neglect! If you need to re-home William then we will consider taking him off your hands. To leave an innocent pooch shivering in a bath is comparable with the Nazi atrocities of World War II. Poor William!

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    1. Trust you YP.... I waited for you chastisement and here it is !

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    2. No here it is! Hazel wands soaked in spring water. I got the idea from the Isle of Man. Ever heard of birching?

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  9. Now that is one amazingly tolerant pooch... But we might have to send over Social Services.

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  10. What a patient dog!!! I had to bathe my Sophie last night after she rolled in something dead. She was itching to get out of the tub the whole time.

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  11. The first comment kind of said it all.

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    1. Kook the guilt is killing me!

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  12. Humm I am not getting many animal care brownie points this week am I not?

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  13. Oh bless him! I have to wrestle mine into the bath. If I turned my back for one second they'd knot some towels together and climb out of the window....

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  14. Such a dear little dog! At least I'm not the only one with short term memory loss. I blame a demanding boss and long working hours. Please don't disillusion me.

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  15. Such a dear little dog! At least I'm not the only one with short term memory loss. I blame a demanding boss and long working hours. Please don't disillusion me.

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  16. My two roll in Badger shit...... Jeeeze, it stinks to high heaven!!!!

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    1. Badger shit was the reason he was in the bath in the first place

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  17. Ted gets a cold shower under the hose in the garden when scented with eau de poo. I bet William had been lying on your bed all that time and only jumped back in the bath when he heard you coming....

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  18. We all love a good soak now and then...he looks so clean content and fluffy...good enough for a snuggle.

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    1. No, he looks depressed. Sorry, John.

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  19. Better than a quick rinse....

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  20. At least your dog enjoys bathing. In terms of patience, your animals are quite close to you. (Except when you 'accidently' killed Bogbrush and when a turkey attacked you from behind)

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    1. " except" is an awful word

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  21. Poor litte soul....I'm sure he forgave you though.

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  22. Well, the good thing is that you didn't have to be a part of the bath shake-off.

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  23. Don't worry , a friend and her hubby were house hunting, left their baby in the living room of the house they were viewing,drove off and didn't realise they'd left the sprog until the hubby went to get the kid out of the baby seat at the next house.
    Jane x

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    1. More of these stories please.. They make me feel better

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    2. At Uni my mature student friend was studying at home at the weekend ( her hubby was away in the navy)she fed her toddler daughter breakfast then put her in her playpen. My friend forgot all about the kid, she remembered at nightime when she rushed to the playpen and found the kid fast asleep in a mound of bits of fruit..The toddler had got hungry,reached through the bars and knocked the fruit bowl off the coffee table..she'd eaten a whole orange skin and all, and other bits of fruit.
      Feeling better yet?
      Jane x

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    3. I left my iPad in a restaurant once, does that help? :-P

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  24. Oh dear poor William. Izzy is booked into the groomers next week as she resembles a smelly Chewbacca and is a nightmare to bath and brush - I look forward to the svelte creature I shall collect after a few hours. As for Timmy I have to follow him around the house snipping off bits of hair as and when I can.

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  25. Remind me, John, to never let YOU give ME a bath. I hate tepid water.

    Whilst I grew up with a beauty of a dog (black Alsation) I don't know anything about dogs and their filthy habits. What I do know is that you can't, shouldn't and won't need to wash a cat. I remember one of mine whose curiosity got the better of her. I was running a hot bath (for myself), almost full to the brim, turned my back and when I turned it back saw the cat having precariously balanced on rim of bath, trying to make sense of the foamy bubbles, slip and disappear. I grabbed her in an instant, pulled her out, toweled her dry, grovelled, cursed myself. To no avail. She didn't speak to me for hours. Just ignored me and licked her coat over and over again ... yes, for hours. After which she must have been the cleanest cat on the planet. And I the most wretched guilt sodden human, if not on the planet but in my flat. So, I have to hand it to William. He too has a fine line of making his 'master' feel bad. Some humans are made that way by default. Steer clear of them.

    U

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    1. Ursula
      Where as I could cope with giving your nether regions a sponging down in a soapy bath.... The likelihood of it actually happening is , I must admit, pretty low.....
      Liked the cat story though x

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  26. Poor old patient William. I bet each and every time he looks at you with those reproachful eyes you feel the urge to slip him a titbit.

    I think ALL animals and birds should be handed a warning card to read before they agree to live with you. At some time in their lives they will be abandoned in water, clunked over the head with their feeding dish or left to wander on the road until they are flattened, which one it will be will not be of their choosing :-)

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  27. Bloody hell.... Stop the guilt trip already!

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  28. Oh for a patient dog like William. My Zac would have made his escape and ran through the house, shaking the dirty, smelly water all over everything. I'd have had a complete house to clean. William must love you very much . . . or maybe he's terrified of you and daren't move!

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  29. That darling dog deserves a scotch egg. Or just scotch. ;-)

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  30. No dog of mine would stay put like that. My Z-Boys would hop out and spread soap all over the house.

    Love,
    Janie

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  31. I'm new to you, and don't envy the poo, but just had to say how adorable your woofits are.

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    1. I presume you mean my dogs.......? Or perhaps woofits are by biceps?
      Welcome to you joyce

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  32. Sweet patient William! He looks so woebegone in those photos! LOL...

    My Ginger would have made a break for it every.single.time. we were interrupted. Guaranteed! She's never been too much of a shit-roller, but when we lived out in the country she would take a good wallow in dead animal parts from time to time (especially deer carcass parts left about by hunters). I say, when a dog rolls in something disgusting they deserve whatever they have to put up with to be made clean again! Haha.

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  33. Thanks for giving me a good laugh today !!

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  34. Kane would have done the same thing but he would have had to lie down in the water. The old legs would have started shaking. Deb

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  35. The one thing I do not miss about having the horses anymore is our gang rolling in the shit; they roll on worms presently x

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  36. That must be the cleanest he's ever been in his entire life! And how astonishing that he was so patient and didn't try to climb out of the bath and soak everything in sight....

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  37. My mum forgot to pick my brother up from school once so I guess that's kind of the same (only she's had to hear about it for a lot longer).

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  38. Do you accept e-mail? If so, where can I find it? I have a very pityfull picture to share.
    Els from Amsterdam

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    1. jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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  39. Our second dog, Patty, loved to go swimming but didn't like to be bathed afterwards. Once, when we brought her back from the beach, i had hosed her off and rubbed shampoo on her. I was just getting ready to rinse, when she took off and rolled all over the lawn. My brother had cut it the day before, and we chased her around the yard. Felt a bit like a greased pig contest. We had to hose her off longer than usual to get the bits of grass off of her.

    We rarely gave her a bath inside the house, which is just as well.

    Good on William, he knew you'd return.

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  40. Hello! Very nice blog and interesting posts, great atmosphere.
      Have a nice day. :)
    Welcome to our blog about photography. +
    I hope you also enjoy it with us.

    Greetings!

    "Do what you love is not even that, but anyway"

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  41. should we worry about you John...I mean more than usual :D Your William IS an extremely patient dog and a pruney footed one too!! My short stubby legged Baron would have managed to get out and drenched the whole house in an hour!! I'm sure most of your neighbors are quite used to you and find you exceedingly interesting (or charmingly eccentric)!! So I say "well done William" :D

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  42. William will get even with you when you least expect it.

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  43. Hahahahaha!
    Oh, John.
    *hugs* ♥
    Have a better week. :-)

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  44. While I'm not much of a dog lover, I have to admit...yours is adorable.

    I'll bet William, pretty much, does anything he wants :)

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    1. He is a sweet natured placid dog mark.... A real sweetie

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  45. Dogs enjoy shit
    It's a fact of life.
    They eat it. They play with it and unfortunately they roll in it.


    LOL!!!!!
    The night before we discovered that our septic tank had major issues my wife let our dog, Sparky, into the backyard to do his nighty business before going to bed. When he came back inside while not totally stinking the house up did have a very bad odor. We did not realize the source of that smell until the next morning.

    I will refrain from decribing what it looked like.

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    1. I can guess
      , believe me

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  46. That William is a looker indeed! I bet with that face, it doesn't really matter what he does, he just looks at you and you melt. I know I would. Except maybe for the shit roll, but I'd forgive in time....

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