I have three dogs, a Labrador, and two Norwegian Elkhounds. Today was designated bath day.
I washed the Labradog first. She seemed to enjoy it after the first soulful look - probably because all of that washing feels a bit like a full body pat. A fair bit of hair came out, as expected. However, once the conditioner went on, the loose hair started to come out in handfuls. I know she hasn't been groomed as often as I should do it, but fair dinkum - she started shaking the water off, and more loose hair went flying in all directions.
I did junior Elkhound next. She resorted to licking my face whenever I got close enough. Her day was made, even though the 'cuddles' involved lots of soap and water. Luckily she's a big fan of being groomed, so there was less fur than I was expecting when we got to the conditioner bit. Mind you 'less' is somewhat relative - I swear there was enough fur for a chihuahua there.
I left madam difficult "I hate grooming" Elkhound for last. She tried to resist, but unfortunately for her, I can lift her relatively easily. She gave me the big sad brown eyes and attempted to evade the hose at every opportunity. Yeah, that's why the lead is attached to a fence pole. After significant effort, I had a cleaner dog, who had managed to shed a cat - and that was before the conditioner.
I swear she had a whole Elk hidden in that fur, it slid out when the conditioner went on.
Although I'd shaved my legs this morning, they were decidedly forest-like by the end of the dog washing. Fur sticks like nobody's business. I think that was my third shower for the day, getting it off - I certainly got plenty of shower while washing the dogs, they like to share the joy.
Of course, given that DD has developed chicken pox, I did briefly consider postponing the fun. But you see, the dogs have all been raiding the apple trees. And eating green, unripe apples. Which give dogs a grumbly tummy. Which exploded all over Buttercup's crate. Which meant cleaning crates at 5:30am this morning. Payback is a b**ch, ain't it?
(DH cleaned and dried all of the dog bedding and crate covers - very sweet of him to do it for me - the cat is still sniggering at the dogs)