100 Word Challenge: Bath

My oldest dog, Hershey, has allergies. When springtime rolls around, there is something in the air – pollen, grass dander, fairy dust – that makes her miserable. Scratching, chewing, snarfing, it’s enough to drive anyone mad.

She gets meds from the vet, and I’ve been known to slip her a little Benadryl, none of which helps for long. The best thing for her is a bath… something that is akin to wrestling a honey badger. Still, it was a herculean task that my son and I tackled this week.

You have to understand, Hershey is part Lab. Labs are water dogs. Hershey hates water. Bathing her has always been an ordeal for her and for us. It’s a two-person job, and even then it’s still traumatic for all involved.

Hershey is old. She turned 12 earlier this year and her physical health is not great. Arthritis is making it difficult for her to stand and she doesn’t move as quickly as she once did.

Try bathing a 80+ pound dog who has trouble standing. It’s not easy. Add to that her general anxiety, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

By the end of it, both my son and I got soaked, covered in hair, were shaking from all the exertion, and were exhausted. We both needed showers. The amount of hair we scrubbed out of Hershey was enough to clone a puppy. Hersh is still shedding hair everywhere. Her anxiety also makes trying to brush her an exercise in futility.

A bath was necessary and seems to have helped. Hershey is not scratching as much and is resting better. She is still aggravated at us and will probably avoid us for the next few days, but will eventually forgive us. As long as she is more comfortable, it was worth it.

The downside is that we loosen up all that winter hair in her undercoat. Hair I will be vacuuming up on the daily for weeks. If I could only figure out a way to spin it into yarn.

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones

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What to do:

Using “bath” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

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