Mud Mud Glorious Mud!

As I imagine many of you with dogs will be very aware of is that around this time of year lots of our walks are muddy! Some are a lot worse then others. Now I don’t know about you but I tend to see this mud with an ever worsening sense of dread. Kira however, loves it! As was shown during our little trek up to Dunkery Hill when she decided that she no longer wanted to be a beautiful golden dog but wanted to join her cousins (Shadow (gsd) and Tibbs (spaniel)) and be a black dog. She found the soggiest boggiest part of the walk and went crazy! She had one of her crazy moments that she sometimes likes to enjoy but in the muddy water on the top of the moors in Somerset!

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching her have these crazy moments I don’t even mind her getting muddy. If she wants to be covered in mud and make me giggle I’m all for it. However, what I don’t appreciate is that one returning to the car she suddenly realises that 2 things:

1 – That if she gets in the car we’re going home. The first bad idea. She is having great fun running around pretending to be a kangaroo jumping around in the heather, why on earth would she want to go home?!

2 – That once she gets home, she’s going to get washed. Kira hates to be washed. As a puppy (between the 3 – 9 month old stage) Kira would scream blue murder if you tried to wash her. Luckily for us, watching Shadow be washed repeatedly at Christmas did seem to stop this. However she still hates it and will try to avoid it at all costs.

So what happened? She refused to get in the car. Now, normally at training Kira is one of the best for recall. Not that day. Yep, she’d sit and stay right up until I was within grabbing distance! Most annoying way to finish a lovely walk! Even more annoying we drove down the hill towards Porlock and found a gorgeous little stream and got all the dogs out so they could play in it hence negating the need for a hose down once we got back.

No one else in my family has ever had a dog so against becoming clean – is it just us or do other people share this experience?

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