The pups are doing really well. They do a fair bit of vocalizing and
wrestle constantly, but they also seem to be figuring out that we're in
it for the long haul.
Today they both had baths. I spent over 2 hours getting Mani's
coat back into shape (brush out, bath, blow dry). He had a lot of
knots and a couple of major matted areas - one on his neck and a big
patch on his left hip. We have just about all of it cleaned
out at the moment. It's amazing how when you split down the
mats and pull them apart, it's usually a teensy
little knot -
maybe 1-2 mm that is the root of the problem that is causing all the
havoc in the coat. In college we had a chapter about this called
"Anatomy of a Mat" - and it's all true. Marci has recommended
some coat conditioners which I will have to mail order because the
local PetSmart and PetCo don't carry them. >sigh< In
the meantime, it's T.H.E. Stuff and Stazko spray.
Cassie did not enjoy her bath, but wasn't given a choice. Well it
was just a wetdown and cream rinse and then water rinse plus
blowdry. No shampoo because I wanted to keep the experience
short. She's a wiggle worm, not resigned to her fate like Mani
was at her age. Had to watch her carefully to ensure she
didn't get out of the tub or jump off the table. Found that
I could blow dry her ok if I let her snuggle up to me. Didn't
insist that she lay down or anything. She, like Mani, got
lots of praise, silly songs, and dehydrated liver to ease the stress.
Then, I took a well deserved rest. Watched Frazier on the
tube. Went to check on the pups, who I had put in the kitchen,
and this is when I found them peacefully hanging out on the same
I'm not very happy with my (in)ability to focus the Olympus digital
camera. Once I have $ again, a newer Sony may be in order.
But after buying Cassie, it will be a while before I can afford