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Splish Splash!

January 16, 2013

As an Aussie, I have an awesome, low-maintenance fur coat that always looks great.  But even I still need an occasional bath!

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These winter days, with the snow, salt, sand, silt and mud, my baths have ben more frequent.  When I go outside to walk and play, all these elements from outside get kicked up into my coat.  Towelling off and brushing help, but after about two weeks, it’s time for the tub.  My Daddy Brian fills the tub about a third of the way full with warm water and adds some suds…I like Earthbath Totally Natural Puppy Shampoo.  It is tearless and extra gentle, and has a nice cherry-almond scent that is not overpowering to me or my humans.  Then Daddy puts me in the tub and the washing begins!  For this bath, Sophia was also a helper.

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My coat is thick and pretty water-resistant so it takes them awhile just to get me wet.  I look so much smaller when I take a bath.  I like my spiky mohawk-look here.   After a good sudsing, Brian drains the tub, fills it with fresh warm water, and rinses me off.  It is hard to be patient but I do my best.

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After rinsing I get out of the tub and, you guessed it, give some great big long body shakes to help get some of that wet off.  After that, my people lovingly dry me off and tell me how nice and clean and beautiful I am.  It usually takes 4 large beach towels to get the job done.  It is all so exhausting as you can see.  But also so worth it because…

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…after my bath, my family just wants to cuddle up and love me, and nothing makes me happier than that!   Woofs, Cookie  

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Under the Weather

January 5, 2013

Cookie is looking forward to a great 2013…and not having to wear this cone anymore!

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Why the cone you ask?  I shall tell you the story.  For awhile, Cookie has been wearing a head-collar on her walks to discourage pulling.  It was effective, but she never liked it, and often she would flop to the ground at some point in her walks and paw at her face, as if to say “Take this thing off of me!”   Early in December, we switched to a new collar for our walks…and probably just in time, because we noticed there was now a little “hot spot” on Cookie’s snout where the fur was worn off.  We figured that it would just heal on its own.  Well, as the weeks went by, she pawed it and rubbed at it (in her crate at night, when we didn’t see) and now what was just a “little thing” turned into a “thing.”  It didn’t help that during the month amid the Holiday Hupla we kenneled her twice, I’m sure adding to her anxiety and pawing more as a result.  Now, she had developed a much bigger cut, and what was just a little thing was now a “thing.”  Our little pup was looking ruff…I mean, rough. I called Roosevelt Vet in Brewster, NY – the official vet of Cookie of Katonah – and they advised me to put her in a cone, keep the cut clean, and apply some anti-bacterial topical ointment if I could ensure it would not get into her eyes.

So Brian went to the pet store and purchased a medium-sized ProCone Soft Recovery Collar, made of blue canvas with a nice reflective piping on the ends of the cone, with velcro closures and an adjustable collar for a good fit on the dog.  Here it is on our model:

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This is a good quality collar – only one problem: after a few days Cookie figured out how to get her back foot around it and onto her snout – thus re-opening the cut again.  So, Brian went back to the pet store and bought size large….now “Cookie Ingalls” (as in Laura, of the “Little House on the Prairie” books) as Sophia has nicknamed her during this ordeal is FINALLY starting to heal-up this cut – and little white hairs are growing in…so hopefully in a week or so she’ll be ready for her close-ups again!   Until then, we’ll have to settle for a long lens:

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Hope your New Year is off to a Warm and Fuzzy start!  Diana