So it’s not cold enough here in Toronto (yet) to freeze the mud which means dog paw wiping shenanigans must occur upon entry into the house.
This does not go well.
Tucker is now…7ish months?
But let me tell you towels are his favorite toy to chew, rip, or play with. So imagine what happens when I try to wipe the paws when I get home from a muddy walk…
Anyway, I have now perfected the return into the house.
This is the consecutive order of events that must occur in order to avoid inevitable bites, scratches or dirty paw prints all over me:
- Enter from back door without dog
- Close baby gate to prevent him walking into the house with mud on paws
- Lay down towel, keep second towel nearby
- Ensure either leash and/or harness are still on him when he does enter
- Attempt wiping with towel, anticipate failure
- Open bathroom door (in same hallway gated off by baby gate)
- Run an inch of water into the tub
- Collect pissed-off puppy by dragging on leash, or, better yet, grabbing on handle of harness (note, I am the only one who puts a harness on him)
- Lift pup into tub. Water should not reach his belly. This is not a full bath, just a foot, er, paw bath
- Swirl paws around to loosen mud
- Make mental note to scrub tub later
- Take 3 steps into hall and retrieve both towels, lay on bathroom floor
- Lift pooch out and onto towel
- Attempt to dry the now clean but wet paws without getting mauled/scratched/nipped by puppy who thinks this is a game
- Let him out of gate, close gate so I can clean up dirty tub and wet towels
- Cry/make tea/eat sugary treats or chocolate/pour wine/something harder
- Repeat 2-4 times per day until June. (It’s January.)
Now, before you ask if the family participates in this activity, the two males do. They don’t do the bath but they wipe with much complaining (at the dog, not me) which is fine. They have their method, I have mine.
But I’ll tell you something. As much as I love warm, dry, sunny weather, there is something to be said about frozen mud. Especially when you have dogs and/or small children. Remember toddlers? (omg)
At least, after all that happens after a muddy walk, this happens:
Maybe I should do the same. 🙃