“Maybe he rolls in stinky stuff to get rid of those fragrances you put on him,” a friend said about my dog Victor.
Victor rolls in poop for other reasons, a few we explored in a previous post: Why does my dog roll in that?.
But I do like it when Victor doesn’t smell like dog. I prefer lavender; he prefers decomposition.
Victor’s curly tight black cocker/poodle fur makes him a canine air filter, walking through the world gathering any and all the dirt you can imagine. Yes, a week after a grooming appointment, he smells a bit ripe.
But it’s when I see all that brown water filtering down the drain during a Victor bath I realize exactly what’s snuggling up in my bed each night. Ick.
Yes, pets are family and that means they share our furniture. Therefore, I’ve reminded Victor many times he has to be cleaner than his outdoor relatives.
He wasn’t as excited.
Victor is usually good about getting a bath and I’ve had no complaints from groomers. Today, though, he’s getting shampoo and conditioner, plus a hydrating spritz.
1. Lather thoroughly with Espree Natural Hypo-allergenic Shampoo. (affiliate link Canada). The scent is beautiful and the consistency a bit gel-like so it takes a few squeezes to get enough to cover the entire dog. There’s little to no lather, which makes sense considering it’s detergent and paraben free, biodegradable, and contains no dyes. You just have to rinse more carefully when you can’t see the lather.
2. Apply conditioner. Again we used the Espree Natural Hypo-allergenic Conditioner (affiliate link US) with organically grown Aloe Vera. This one smells even better and the creamy texture flows over the dog easily.
I towel him off with a Soggy Doggie two-handed drying cloth that’s one of my favourite dog products of all time.
3. Wipe his gunky eyes with Earthbath eye wipes. (affiliate link)
Victor gets spritzed with Espree Natural Aloe Hydrating Spray (affiliate link). Again, this product is all about the Aloe Vera and designed to combat dry skin if you part the fur better than I did, and spray directly on the skin. Massage it into the fur and blow dry if you do that. I don’t.
The spritz is beautifully scented … so much so Victor got annoyed about smelling more like a department store perfume counter than a barn. When you love the scent of cow poo, rosemary and lavender send you over the edge.
I loved the end result. Victor’s fur is dog show soft with zero smell.
What did Victor think? After I wrapped him in his bathrobe (still damp), he was so mad about the extended bath he jumped onto my spot on the couch and peed.
That’s right. PEED! Apparently, Victor is determined to keep our home stinky .. and gross. Got a spritz for that?
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