Life is moving quickly.
You probably don’t think it’s a big thing but I had my first bath in almost four months!
My parents followed the doctor’s instructions exactly: Dr. T had told my parents not to get me wet for one week after my bandages were removed so that my wounds could dry out.
One week to the day my mom looked at the wound, saw it was dry, and said, “Joey, come” and I followed her upstairs. I didn’t know what her plans were. We got into the bedroom and she headed to the bathroom and said “Joey, come” and I followed her. Then she pointed to the shower and said “Go” and I just walked right in. It was this unusual room for me, sunny at the top because there are glass windows at the top, but narrow. I had to get accustomed to this little room. Then my mom said “Sit” and I sat down. Then she took my collar off.
She sprayed the water gently on my back and sides with something she was holding in her hand, and the water felt warm. It was okay. Then she started with the shampoo. Next, she started rubbing me and saying “Good boy” and using a little rubber brush occasionally. Then she said “Up Up Up” and that’s the signal for me to stand. So I stand.
The hardest part was the “Turn around” part. I don’t know what she means by “Turn around”. Usually when she says “Turn around” I stand there and look at her and then she grabs my whole body and swings it around. Then she sprays more water on me and more shampoo on me and rubs me gently and then with the brush. She does my head last. Then she says again “Joey, turn around”. I really don’t know what she’s asking me to do but when she grabs me and moves me I think I get the idea. Maybe.
After a while, she just pours me with a lot of warm water. This time she said “Stay” and used her hand signal too and looked me in the eye to make sure I got it. Then she left me there while she got towels. I like that part because I like the part where I get dry. At this point I get a lot of “good dogs”. I know she likes to dry me with the towel but I like to rub my head against the floor and carpets and anything soft I can find. Then I like to rub my body along the floor and the carpets and anything soft I can find.
After that, she brought me downstairs for Dad to see. He was very proud of me and I was proud of myself and happy too.
Then Jane took the hairdryer and dried me off.
Then the best part: She put the lead on me and we went outside and sat in the nice warm hot sun for a long long time. Then it got even better: She took the lead off of me and I got to walk around in the garden and just find a nice hot spot in the sun.
I’m not so crazy about taking showers but the reward is great!
Now please go to Part 2 of 2.