Fiona had her first bath EVER the other day and Blaze had her first bath since she come back. Yes, I'm a horrible mom, they are almost 3 years old and this was their first baths.
Here is my reason: When Fiona and Zappa were about four or five months old, I was working on getting them used to the bathtub and water. Not long after Blaze came back and with everything she had suffered, everything fell apart for quite sometime and then shortly later Chance came back...and well a bath just wasn't a top priority.
Fiona shiny brand new!
Fiona was first and she did great. I want to thank Bella and I Still Want More Puppies
for their photo that gave me the idea of using a bathwater and a cup instead of a sprayer because Fiona would have been scared to death of a sprayer. She freaks out about everything anything weird on her skin, taking medicine, being brushed, you name it she don't like it. Fiona will also run and hide for the rest of day if I say, clean her ears and after her bath she stayed right in contact with me. It was great!
The kaleidoscope of Blaze's colors
Blaze used to get baths all the time from her previous owner and because of her trauma I never dared to push it. She did great. She kept looking for a way out, but I kept one arm around her and I have a hook that I tied her leash to.
Fiona and Blaze even took treats from me and most importantly the ones I had on the edge of the tub while I was bathing them! That was when I knew they might not be entirely happy but they were both just fine. If either of them doesn't like what I'm doing to them, they will not accept a treat to justify it. So this was a big bonus.
And there's nothing better than being able to jump out afterwards and run around like a manic!
I don't usually go this long without giving a bath. I normally give them a bath about twice a year, so not to dry out the oil in their skin, once in the spring and fall. Unless they decide roll and stink in something. That's how Zappa got his first bath about a month ago. Which he also did fantastic with.
Amazing how a little time, maturity and stability can make a difference in something simple as a bath.