No idea?Â How about now?
Yes, it was decided that it was time Sid had a bath!Â You want to know how we managed to bath a greyhound with only thee legs, who won’t go upstairs, and wouldn’t do well in a slippery tub anyway? Well, I’ll tell you.
You assemble everything you’ll need, and fill the baby bath with clean, warm water, and mix up a solution of dog shampoo in a small container.Â Â Then fetch the dog.
Looks quite happy, doesn’t he?Â Â I wonder how long that will last?
So, then take a jug and wet your dog.
And lather up.
Don’t worry if he collapses.
Everyone knows that greyhounds dissolve in the rain!
More water to rinse – and make sure you get all that pesky soap out.
Hmm.Â It doesn’t look as if he thinks much of this stage, does it?Â It was a very hot day too – you’d think he’d be grateful!
Next, squeeze out as much water as possible.
And don’t forget the ears …
I suspect he enjoyed that!
Next, dry the dog with a big fluffy towel … or three.
There.Â All done!Â All you need to do now is to let the hound have a mad dash around the garden to release all that stress and worry (“I’m gonna melt! I’m gonna melt!!”) and then pop on his collar and lead and take him for a walk. This allows him to dry properly before you let him back in the house, and also takes his mind off the fact that he doesn’t quite smell like himself any more.
Piece of cake.
But if you think they’re all this easy, you’d be wrong. It was an absolute nightmare bathing Jack. You see, he hated anyone touching his back, his legs, or his tail. The neighbours must have thought we were murdering him, poor soul.
In greyhound terms, Jack was a spook, which describes a dog who is nervous to the point of neurosis – they live constantly on the edge of fear, sometimes focussed, sometimes not. Usually it’s a genetic tendency, although in Jack’s case it might not have been, because he’d had a bit of a rough time before we got him.
Anyway, as you see, young Sid is about as far from being a spook as it’s possible to get!