Spring Cleaning


Judging from the blogs of other puppy raisers and dog owners, the spring sunshine means time for a good spring puppy cleaning. It is quite overdue for Cabana, but the last couple weeks have been chilly and rainy here. I didn't want muddy paws to spoil the results of a freshly cleaned doggy, so I waited until the rainy spell passed.

This was Cabana's first bath in the tub. Up until now, I've been hoisting her into the kitchen sink. Now weighing 44 pounds, those days are over. I put on shorts and a t-shirt and got in there with her, so I could shut the sliding doors and keep any watery messes contained.

Cabana seemed to enjoy being in the bathtub. She liked lapping up the water coming out of the faucet and stood patiently while I lathered her all over.


I bought a new shampoo because the cheapo stuff I had before smelled awful. It was lavender fragrance, which I normally like--but mixed in with eau de wet dog, it wasn't a good combo. Plus, I felt like I had to use tons of it, and it still wouldn't lather or spread around. This new shampoo by Earthbath is FABULOUS. It smells great, lathers copiously, has a nice thick consistency, and best of all, doesn't contain soap, so it won't dry out Cabana's skin. Although a couple more dollars than the previous bottle, it was worth every penny!


After the morning's excitement, a clean and naked (i.e. collarless) Cabana lays sleeping and drying in the sun.

Elizabeth and Peyton  – (May 9, 2009 at 10:14 AM)  

I use the exact same shampoo. :) Those Labbies always look so silly naked!

Poppy The Puppy  – (May 9, 2009 at 11:22 AM)  

Poppy will be over for her turn in about 20 minutes. Will that work for you?? ;) She has a nice silver sheen to her back end and we have to go to the Hearing Dog Program graduation on Monday. Bath is slated for tomorrow at our house.

Carrie and Waffle  – (May 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM)  

wow Cabana you took the whole bath thing pretty well. Waffle hates her bath, we have to get into the shower and close the door otherwise she will bolt for freedom, soap water and all. And yes the Waffler had her spring bath last week.

Anita  – (May 10, 2009 at 5:06 AM)  

Hi Cabana! You know how to behave in the bathtub! You are an lovely girl!

OSU 98  – (May 10, 2009 at 6:23 PM)  

You look so pretty and soft after your bath Cabana. Chelsie will be over shortly for hers as well....especially after her agility trial in the indoor horse arena. Instead, she endured about 20 minutes of the shedding blade. In addition to the dirt, she is also losing her winter coat...

Kimberly  – (May 19, 2009 at 9:37 AM)  

bathtimes are the best... WHEN THEY ARE DONE...

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