Warning, this is a media heavy post…
We’re in the middle of a heat wave on the east coast and what better way to to cool off than with swimming and baths?
This is mostly true and 4 of my 5 outdoor or indoor/outdoor animals have appreciated my efforts to help keep them cool. The dogs have spent most of their outdoor time in the pool (we joke we have the pool for them).
And on Sunday I braved the scalding sun and 95* temps to give the big kids baths.
Batty was mostly tolerant.
I mean, he’d have appreciated the bath MORE had I not washed his face (face washing = no grazing ) but whatever.
He was gross. I need to wash his tail but that’s another days project. FYI the Rambo SPACE ALIEN MASK still has stayed on. BEST. FLY. MASK. EVER.
While Batty was drying off, Marble took a brief dip in the pool (better the pool than my water trough… her pool when the real pool is off limits…)
I’m pretty sure I skipped giving Subi an actual shampoo bath last year…
Terrible mother that I am. But he was very appreciative. I skipped washing his face because was being perfect and I didn’t want to stress him.
I could tell his stifle was bothering him based on how he was standing. But, he ran around a bit before and after his bath so… Ugh. Going to keep watching and chat with the vet later. Might be time to try something beyond MSM, but he’s so damn picky… one wrong thing and he’s off his feed 100%. But he’s fat and happy and looking good for a muscle-less retiree.
Then there’s this little punk ass.
Don’t let his face fool you.
Jiminy does NOT like water.
Jiminy HATES water.
Jiminy thinks water = DEATH.
Baths are my way of slowly trying to murder him.
We both made it out alive, but post bath? It was necessary to wipe ALL WATER from his body.
I could have kept him grazing until he dried, but I was hot, lazy, hot, annoyed with him, hot, and didn’t feel like getting his grazing muzzle because he’s fat and didn’t need that much more grass (I let him graze until I was dead). So into the paddock he went.
Let the drama ensue.
Unfortunately, Subi had to join in, though thankfully only for a brief canter and twist.
Jiminy is a punk ass child who had a “mild” temper tantrum. Water is deadly dontcha know?