2 June 2021

Bath Time

 

After five consecutive days of cycling I stepped on the bathroom scales this morning expecting them to confirm that I’d lost a pound or two.  Nope – I’ve actually put weight on.  How can that be?

As it was another warm, sunny day we decided to give Rick a bath.  I half filled the tub with luke warm water and Paul picked him up and carried him into the bathroom.  Rick knew what was coming and put his little paws out to try and grab the doorway.  Nooo, I don’t want a bath!

He was a good boy, and after a shampoo and rinse Paul wrapped him in towels and carried him into the garden.  We then took cover as he gave himself a good shake.  He sulked for a good two hours.

wet dog

sulking in the sun

 

17 comments:

  1. I'm surprised to hear about all the cycling resulting in no weight loss. Isn't it funny how our dogs let us know when they are displeased about their bath. Thank goodness they forgive and forget in a few hours. Rick will get even more cuddles being nicely fresh scented.

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  2. Does cycling make you hungry? Poor old Rick, I've never known a dog who liked a bath.

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    1. I'm always hungry! I just love eating too much.

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    2. You might find that if you are cycling in hot weather, you are drinking more fluids. If you're not, you probably should be. But additional fluid can make it seem as if you've gained weight.

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    3. You may be right Debby. Hopefully after a couple of weeks' riding the numbers will start coming down.

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  3. You have probably gained muscle which leads to weight gain to start with.

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  4. I always blame the wine for any weight gain. I wish I still had our sous sol with hot and cold taps that could be deployed through a jointed hose and the window for a warm exterior dog shower. It is impossible to wash Ted in an upstairs shower with only my two hands.

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    1. Rick is terrified of the garden hose, I think he was probably hosed down in his previous life. This warm weather has probably made me a bit thirsty - too many aperitifs!

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  5. Poor Rick, but cuddles must make up for the indignity!
    Inca is due for another bath now, but it's a bit of a battle to get her into the bathroom and keep the shower door closed while I'm hosing her down. There isn't a bath, which is just as well as I couldn't lift her in or out, and she certainly wouldn't volunteer. We did have one Lab who loved any water, so absolutely loved a shower and getting her to come out was quite a feat, and half a big of treats!
    The weight gain is, as Carol says, just muscle.

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    1. Rick loves swimming and paddling in the river but he wouldn't go near the paddling pool that we bought him in France.

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  6. Had you forgotten that Rick is a French dog? Personal hygiene is a bit hit and miss over there. That's why the French are so good at making perfume - to mask other odours. (Research from "The Definitive Guide to Racial Stereotyping" by Nigel Farage).

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    1. Rick did raise this as an argument but I overruled him.

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  7. Another argument he probably raised was thaat no self-respecting lady dog would fancy him if he smelled of shampoo.

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  8. The scale is an evil tyrant! Better to take measurements of your body, or best and most soothing yet, go by your clothing. I worked for a chiropractor for many years, who warned us all that you can carry around 10 pounds of, ahem, POOP in your colon at any time! TEN!! He said if you must weigh, use a body fat composition scale, one that shows your water content, your fat, and your muscle. He wanted us all to work out, and build and maintain muscle. He saw many "skinny fat" patients, who had slim bodies, and no muscle (and they seemed to be the ones getting hurt the most!). He encouraged us all to lift weights to stay strong! Give yourself many points for being outside and moving!!

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