DailyECPR: Humphrey Takes a Bath

The indignity of having to take a bath! You can tell by Humphrey’s expression that he was not impressed that he was forced to take a bath.

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The suds, the warm water, the feeling of cleanliness after the bath is complete…. Humphrey is not so sure about all of this. But little Humphrey has no teeth, and one of the consequences of consuming a meal without teeth is a mess! Humphrey and his little friend Piggles both eat wet food meals since their lack of teeth makes consuming dry food rather difficult. When I return to their kennel after they eat their meals….oh my!…the messes they make. They almost seem a little proud of their tiny mess. Maybe it makes them feel connected to their wild heritage.

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Cleaning up a small mess for these two sweeties is well worth it though. They are old and lovely and good-hearted and they deserve to fully enjoy their eating experience. But sometimes these messy eaters need a good old fashioned bath after they eat.

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Whenever I give one of our dogs a bath, they always seem rather alarmed as I gently lift them up and put them in the bath tub. Their expression says, “Oh, no! What is about to happen?” then it changes to “Hey now person friend, I remember what this is all about. Can’t you just accept that that I enjoy a little dirt in my coat?” During their baths, the dogs display varying degrees of protest to the situations. Some of them sit calmly with a slightly gloomy expression on their face. Others try to make a dash for it by slyly inching toward the side of the tub till their little paws are resting on the edge of the tub with their eyes scanning for an escape route. None of the dogs ever seem to upset or scared once the bath starts. Mainly, they would rather be doing something else, like taking a walk or playing with their buddies in the playroom.

However, after the bath, I can always sense a change in their mood. They always seem really appreciative of the bath and are extra affectionate with me. Sometimes I think they view it as a bonding experience, like we conquered that horrid bath together! I think the dogs also feel refreshed and invigorated after a bath. They can move about with an extra skip to their step. They feel footloose and fancy-free! Maybe too, they can sense that their natural canine beauty is even further illuminated with their clean, glossy coat. So even though those baths may seem like an awful experience at first, the dogs always end them feeling happy and clean!

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