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We’re lucky in that we don’t have to bathe our dogs all that often. Dottie’s grateful for that fact, too, because your girl seriously does not like getting bathed. She doesn’t pitch a fit or anything — she’s actually quite stoic, which honestly makes the whole process even worse. She just stands there in the tub all stiff and weird like she’s just going to melt into a little puddle of dog if we don’t stop the torture.

After the scrubbing and rinsing, though, is when stuff really gets strange. Dottie’s weirdo basset-hound skin literally soaks up and holds the water, and you can grab handfuls of skin and squeeze it out like a sponge. I need video or something. It’s so weird. We use towel after towel, wringing and squeezing, and still her skin is soaked through and through.

So, yeah, we need these super-absorbent microfiber towels.

These poly-blend towels absorb more water (and dry faster) than ordinary cotton towels. I’m not sure exactly how the math works out, but we’re currently using around 32 towels to dry Dottie after a bath, so these would have to be an improvement.

A pack of three microfiber grooming towels is $19.99 at Puplife.

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Kong has a line of shampoos, detanglers, and other grooming products. As in, multicolored bottles shaped like Kongs with little caps on them.

I’m just going to let that marinate as you check out this crummy iPhone photo.

Spotted at Petsmart.

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I was a lifeguard in college for a summer. Best tan I EVER had, hands down. All in all, it was an OK job and would have actually been kind of cool and relaxing had I not spent the entire summer stressing and silently praying that no one got hurt in the pool and required CPR, ’cause even though I passed the test and successfully revived the rubber and plastic practice dummy, I was fairly certain that I would totally mess it up if I ever had to do it, you know, for realsies.

It’s not a fun thing to think about, but sometime you might have to actually give CPR to your dog or to another dog, say at a the park or on the beach. I thought it’d be helpful to share this video by dog safety expert Melanie Monteiro on the proper techniques for giving canine CPR. (Her dummy, by the way, is way cuter than the hollow-eyed plastic guy I had to suck face with in class – and yet, a doggie CPR dummy is still a little creepy).

Watch and learn!

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True story: One night Dottie totally pooped her bed. Even truer story: It actually happened twice.

Seriously, though, dogs are dirty. Luckily our pals at Molly Mutt have developed a new line of products to help us control the dirt and stank. Molly Mutt Clean, which launched yesterday, features Wash (a fresh-smelling dog shampoo), Soft (a soothing and detangling conditioner), and Fresh (an odor-fighting dog-bed freshener).

Molly Mutt Clean products get their power from essential oils and natural enzymes rather than nasty chemicals and synthetic perfumes. (In fact, Wash and Soft are the only dog shampoo and conditioner that meet the standards of “natural” set by the Natural Products Association.) Plus, they’re made in the USA and come in recyclable bottles. Just further proof that when it comes to dog products, Molly Mutt knows what’s up.

Fetch Molly Mutt Clean at mollymutt.com.

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My husband serves many valuable purposes around the house, not the least of which is willingly clipping the pups’ nails. It’s not that I’m incapable of the task — it’s just that I’m often consumed with such a fear of hurting them that I freeze up, Hamlet style, whenever the task presents itself. I also have a weird thing about clipping nails in general, those both human and canine — but that’s for another blog altogether, one where I talk about all my crazy, inexplicable hangups but make them seem completely acceptable and justified.

These ergnomically-designed guillotine nail clippers from U-Groom seem like they’d make the job easy enough, especially with a built-in safety guard to prevent over-cutting.

They’re sold out most everywhere online, but I think you can still fetch them from Value Pet Supplies.

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If you live in an area that’s been covered in a blanket of greenish-yellow pollen for the past week or so, you know it’s that time — time to blow the dust off the lawnmower, trowels and spades and get to work in the yard. As you plan and plant your garden this spring, be sure you take note of common plants that can be toxic to dogs and other pets.

There’s a very comprehensive list of plants toxic to dogs, cats, and horses on the ASPCA web site, complete with photos and descriptions of toxic effects. I’ve bookmarked it for reference as I head out to the garden center to purchase plants I will try my darndest to keep alive for the next few months.

Those pictures above? I took those in my very own yard. Do you believe me? Great. Let’s just go with that, then.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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The folks over at Nootie have a simple slogan: “Why not?” Why, they ask, do we bathe our dogs with fancy shampoos and grooming products only to have them smell like, well, dogs?

To answer this question, Nootie offers a line of shampoos and spritzers for pups featuring fragrances we actually use ourselves — like Japanese cherry blossom and cucumber melon. (Mingus, by the way, is totally an Old Spice guy. Or might he *gasp!* be one of those dudes who bathe themselves in Drakkar Noir? *shudder*)

Nootie’s grooming products are soap- and cruelty-free, and their bottles are somethin’ special, too — and not just ’cause of those wicked cute little doggie drawings on them. The top of the bottle dispenses shampoo, while a smaller bottle of spritz (in the same scent) fits neatly into the bottom — for when your pup needs just a little freshening up or has a hot date at the dog park.

Check out Nootie’s shampoos and spritzers here, and find them at a store near you.

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OK, hands down, one of my favorite dog product names: the Tub Nub.

As if the name’s not self-explanatory, the Tub Nub (from FURminator┬«) is a rubber brush you use in the bath to work shampoo into your dog’s coat and give his skin a soothing massage. This definitely looks like it would do a better job at cleaning than my nubs — er, fingers.


Fetch the Tub Nub at FetchDog.


We got a ton of snow last week here in Asheville (in an event that was fondly dubbed on Twitter #avlsnOMG), and Mingus and Dottie were, natch, in heaven. You know what happens to dogs that spend a lot of time roughhousing out in the snow, though? They stink. Giving these beasts a full-on bath during #avlsnOMG wasn’t very feasible, though, as it would be all of, what, like 10 minutes before they’d be right back out in the snow again.

Enter dry dog shampoo. I need this stuff.

You don’t use water. So it’s not a B-A-T-H. You just sprinkle it on and rub it in, and it absorbs grease and dirt and leaves your pup smelling yummy. Brilliant.

Creature Comfort, an Etsy shop based in Milwaukee (where they know all about snow-smelly dogs, I’m sure), offers handmade dry dog shampoo in two yummy formulas, Miss Dandy (lavender vanilla) and Mr. Puppernickel (citrus clove).



I like these ’cause the ingredient lists are comprised of all natural stuff: cloves, orange peels, lavender, vanilla bean, oatmeal, corn meal. Sounds like a breakfast muffin.

Fetch Miss Dandy and Mr. Puppernickel here (free shipping throughout the month of December, and 10% to Etsy for Animals!).

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The day we adopted Dottie, we took her and Mingus to a baseball field to run around and play to make sure they could get along. It had recently rained, and there was a giant red-mud puddle in the middle of the field. In what should have been a flashing red-flag warning sign to us, Dottie got a MAJOR case of the zoomies… and ran about 10 times through the middle of that puddle.

We needed pretty much every one of these products that day.


Zoomies shampoo, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, and stain and odor remover contain no solvents, sulfates, glycols, phthalates, or pesticides, and they’re biodegradable and non-toxic.

Plus they have cute, colorful labels.

Fetch them all at Zoomies’ web site.

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