Washing A Dog Gives YOU The Bath

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Wet DogHave you ever washed a dog? I think I have "professional" dog washer in my background as I used to volunteer for this with the local humane society in the summertime. The lesson learned here was

Washing A Dog Gives YOU The Bath.

It is a good lesson in moving forward without fear in many things we attempt in life. It really is how we grow. We have to learn to "expect the unexpected." You might get wet yourself along the way of accomplishing your mission. Setbacks, surprises (both unpleasant and pleasant), hating what you are doing, loving what you are doing, you just never know.

The most joy I have found in doing things you have never done before is the people you meet along the way. I think any pain encountered is well worth it just to meet new folk and get a glimpse of life from their eyes.

People and relationships are so much of what life is all about. 


So don't fear trying new things and saying to others that today you're going out there and wash a few dogs. When you look back on it when your hair is wet, your pants are soaked, and you have soap bubbles in your face, it really was a pretty fun day.


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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Trying new things is what has gotten me in trouble all these years!! But I don't know any other way to be so.... no husband!

Jan 23, 2009 09:24 PM #21
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


A wonderful post. Learning to "Expect the unexpected" is certinly a part of life. The sooner you learn this lovely lesson the happier you will be! have a wonderful week-end. Love the picture!!

Jan 23, 2009 09:56 PM #22
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Gary, I love the post, as always.  Yes, I think we must get out there any "wash the dog" to conquer our fear of doing many things, we possibly haven't done before. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 23, 2009 10:30 PM #23
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Gary:

Great post!

As long as we don't "take a bath" in the unexpected events...

Which reminds me, I need to give my dogs a bath...



Jan 23, 2009 11:05 PM #24
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

 Yes, my dog needs a bath, but I'll go tell my husband to do it!  Gary, I'm only kidding- well actually I'm not- going with the flow is something I have to work on!

Jan 23, 2009 11:10 PM #25
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Sounds like you are having a fun day and things have turned around. :) Washing a dog is not nearly as much fun as washing the cat. I made a bet with an ex-boyfriend many years ago, and the winner had to do whatever the other person wanted. So, yup, I won, and he had to bathe the cat. I think he's still alive somewhere . . .

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Jan 24, 2009 02:34 AM #26
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gary:  One of the reasons I really enjoy my real estate career is that nothing is ever the same.  Something is always different in every transaction. 

Jan 24, 2009 02:40 AM #27
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

My dog is a little too happy to jump in for his bath. If there is water any where, is in there as quick as he can make it.

Jan 24, 2009 03:08 AM #28
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - I'm gonna wash that fear right out of the dog's hair! ....And send it on it's way!  

Jan 24, 2009 04:19 AM #29
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Gary, maybe with the dogs' keen sense of smell, they have decided that we are the ones who need the bath!

Jan 24, 2009 06:02 AM #30
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Gary, I enjoyed this post. I'm thinking of a dive into something very different myself - just the thought of it is exciting -if it works out, more the better!


Jan 24, 2009 06:28 AM #31
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elizabeth: Your Gus story is funny. Work on that shyness. People are not that hard to get to know really. You just have to push yourself a little in that area. Good luck.

Terrie: The good unexpected results far outweigh the bad stuff most often.

Connie: Keep working on getting outside the box.

Steve: Funny. Ready or not, you are going to get wet!! So true in life too.

Sharon Tara: I appreciate that you like the pictures.

Teresa: Glad you have experience with the dog baths and all that entails.

Peggy: Keep smiling. Have a great weekend.

Ron: Don't let fear paralyze you.

Sharon Lee: I'm running away from the hose turned on me and laughing all the way. Thanks for the extra links.

Mara: Diving in is a great way to phrase exploring new things.

Deb: I'm glad you like taking baths.

Lizette: Intuition is great to consult to make our decisions.

Suzanne: Good point about learning making us stay young.

Carole: Glad you like living outside the box (and getting a bath from the dogs).

Myrl: We had an American Eskimo too and they are full of energy dogs. Thanks for your photo.

Paul: You are welcome.

Dona: Going outside the box is the way to expand things. I save photos I find here and there and eventually use them.

Liz: Welcome back from all of us on Active Rain. I should try scuba diving. What a beautiful picture from the ocean.

Jesse: Glad you like soap too. It's when you start getting it in your mouth you start wondering how much more of this FUN you can take.

Susie: Keep trying and everything will work out. You're still in the game till the last hand is played.

Dorie: Knowing we don't know the future should help us be comfortable with these unexpected things that pop up. Some of them are very GOOD things too.

Sandy: Knock that fear down with a stick. And then play fetch with it with the dog.

Toula: Taking a bath financially you are right is no fun. Enjoy your time in the bath with the canines.

Judy: Keep bossing that man of yours around LOL. Go with the flow, it does make things easier.

Elizabeth: You won, and he washed the cat. Hence "ex-" boyfriend! Love it.

Chris Ann: Variety is the spice of life.

JL: A water loving dog, that is GREAT!!!

Carol: No fear is a great approach.

Lara: The dog probably has outsmarted us, you are right.

Debi: Diving into something new is refreshing even if we get soap on us. Good luck.


Jan 24, 2009 07:36 AM #32
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Gary, It just so happens that I did give my two "bubble baths" yesterday (because my husband was coming home from a business trip). I love giving them their baths; one loves it and the other hates it (even in pets their personalities are different).

But back to your post....I couldn't have said it any better! And good for you in your volunteer efforts. Love the picture too, is this one of yours?!?!?!!

Have a great one Gary!!

Jan 24, 2009 07:46 AM #33
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Gary, I really look forward to your post everyday....I just wish I would read them for the first time in the morning to start my day off....peace zane

Jan 24, 2009 12:47 PM #34
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

... it's funny I can relate this post to bathing my 3 year old son ...

    ... I think I end up as wet as he is by the time he's finished 'swimming' ...

Great as always G-Dubya !

Cheerio !


Jan 24, 2009 01:38 PM #35
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great analogy. Love reading your posts.  My husband gives Zeke, our chocolate lab, baths.  WOW, he is totally funny to watch.  That would be a good video..lol

Jan 24, 2009 01:51 PM #36
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Hi Gary, Life can sometimes be like washing a dog. My Border collie, Jennifer met the wrong end of a skunk. Now that was the dog wash that I'd never want to repeat.

Jan 24, 2009 03:46 PM #37
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

THAT might be the one reason why I'm kind of glad to be in a cat phase right now. Cat's like to wash themselves, and I like for them to wash themselves -- LOL

Notwithstanding that, I love getting "wet" all the time, like here at ActiveRain. I have discovered that my wise old grandmother's advice about getting "all wet" and "catching a cold" don't really apply to the type of "wet" I get here by Playing in the Rain.

Jan 24, 2009 09:16 PM #38
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

This is funny.  I just washed my three dogs last week.  It is always an experience to say the least.  The result is always the same, in the end we are all happier for it!

Jan 25, 2009 03:01 AM #39
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Change is good and it is constant. So you must continually adapt. BTW-I washed both my Standard Schnauzers this weekend when it was 84 degrees at my house. Yes, I was soaked by the time i was finished. Of course today the high is 50!! Keep smiling!

Jan 25, 2009 03:11 AM #40
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