Last year I'm sure I spread the straw in the dog yard and/or the kennels to help with the mud. I did the same today but today I went a step further and washed a couple of dogs. I don't let Max go out to the dog yard when it's muddy because he runs around neurotically and is soaked with mud in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, Theo does much of the same. He's a fence runner. He takes off running the fence line when I come out or when Vince or Gigi, or any other dog comes out the door. I looked at him and decided he wasn't coming into the house today, and Commando wasn't much better.
But given the freakishly warm temperatures, I decided I'd just hose them off, put them in a dry kennel, and then bring them inside. The weather forecast is for more rain than sun for the next week or more. I know I won't be able to keep the clean and inside for all that time, but I do plan to limit Theo's dog yard time until the ground is either frozen or dry.
|Theo, pre-bath, dripping mud.|
|Even his face was muddy.|
|Commando wasn't quite as dirty, but with|
with his light coloring, it showed more.
|At least his face was clean.|
|Commando was pretty good about the bath.|
|Toquima and Trooper had been in the same space for the same|
amount of time, but had a small fraction of the mud on them.
|These two are smart enough to know how to use straw to stay warm, clean, and dry.|