Hannah, Alex and I took Sparky in late this afternoon to One Lucky Mutt in Wildwood, Missouri for his self-service bath. The trip was difficult since Sparky is not accustomed to riding in the car. My son drove us into Wildwood about 20 miles away from our house. Sparky was nervous and anxious the whole trip. Luckily, he was sitting in the front seat practically on my lap and sometimes on my lap. He was better behaved than I expected.
We made it to the parking lot and Sparky, as well as myself, was relieved to be out of the car. We went into the shop and Boomer gave us instructions on what to do and where to do it. They had a set of steps conveniently located next to the tub, however, Sparky refused to climb them. Good thing Alex was there. He picked Sparky up and placed him in the tub. I brushed this wonderful animal for nearly an hour before we proceeded with the bathing.... He does not like water and was more than happy to remind me of this fact. He almost jumped out of the tub five or six times. Yes, there was a tether but I think Sparky would have broken his neck to get away, so Alex and I held him in place while Hannah and I soaped him up and rinsed him off. At least this bath water was warm.
This went on for about 30 minutes then we began to dry Sparky. We tried the electric dryer. Hair was flying everywhere. I must have swallowed half a dog. Finally, he was dry enough to finish brush him. He did not stay in the tub for this final step. For about another 20 minutes, I brushed until we came to the conclusion he wanted to leave (Actually, I came to this conclusion before the car ride).
We paid our $15.00 and said thank you to Boomer. She was very nice and helpful. Tracy had disappeared to clean the tub we had used. So I will have to tell her thank you next time.
The ride home was great, since both Sparky and I were beat! He was content to sit between my knees and let me rub his ears. All in all it was an interesting experience. Next time, it should go better. I am going to visit the Wines of Wildwood before I start the bath. This way both Sparky and I can have a little wine with the bath.
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