Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh My Aching Back!

Every other Saturday, my next booth neighbour at the Abbotsford Farmers market is Darlene from Mountain Farms Soap.  She has the most amazing array of products, and some of her soaps are made to look like cupcakes and slices of cake.  They really do look good enough to eat.
You can see some of them here:
See something you like?  Darlene can ship it to you.

Luna had rolled in something gross, gross, gross on Friday.  The bright orangey yellow disgusting smelley something or other was smeared all over the left side of her head and neck.  She was quite proud of herself.  Larry hosed her off, which got rid of the worst of it, but stick your nose in close enough, and you could still get a whiff. 
So on Saturday I bought a bar of soap from Darlene.
Neem soap with peppermint and tea tree oil.
(Yes, I do know that tea tree oil in high doses can be toxic to dogs)

Today after I got home from the market, I figured it was time for a bath.

We have an adapter that allows us to hook a garden hose to the kitchen tap.  That's what we used to do when we bathed our horses. Warm water is much nicer than cold. Since it was warm and sunny, it was easier and less stressful to wash the dogs outside.

Luna doesn't trust anyone that stands outside the bathroom door.  Bathing a dog might be the last thing on your mind, but Luna slinks away just in case

But outside was pretty stress free.
Except for my back.
Then it was hard on my knees.

When we first got Jake, he was terrified of the hose.  The first big agility competition I went to, they had doggy pools and hoses.  Every time we walked within a hundred feet of them he was straining on the leash trying to get further away.  He still doesn't 'like' the hose, but he can deal with it, and was quite relaxed having his bath.

Calli wasn't too thrilled either, but sometimes a dog just has to put up with these things

Yes, she sits funny like that.  It's because of the nerve damage to her back legs.

One aching back and three clean dogs later....
I like the soap.  With enough water on the dogs, it lathered up nicely.  It seemed to rinse out easily.  Not like some shampoos that seem to take forever to rinse out.

Hopefully Luna doesn't find anything stinky to roll in for a few weeks now.


  1. I bathe my dogs on a wooden picnic table. That way I save my back. Even old Xena can hop up to the bench to the top of the table :0)

    1. I'm thinking I'd find the picnic table too high and awkward, and I'm have to keep turning the dogs around, and I'd be worried about Calli maybe falling off. Next time if I put on knee pads, I'd probably be okay:)

  2. Chance gets an occasional bath in his pool too..mostly he goes to the groomer..and in the winter the snow keeps him clean..and in the winter there isn't much to roll in. He knows if he rolls in something he will get a bath..he just chooses to ignore.
    Cute shoes I do not have that style..and clean dogs are a good thing:)

  3. Love the paddling pool dog bath! Oh I remember my parents-in-law's old dog Zac - a huge springer spaniel, went galloping off to the bottom of a field one day and all we could see was him happily rolling about in something - he came back GREEN! Turned out to be horse muck - worst thing was we had to drive home with him in the car. The smell still haunts me yet!!!

  4. Karen, thanks for mentioning me :-)!!! Glad you liked the soap, and the dogs came out clean!

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