This week was full of firsts for little Wellie Belly.
It was the first time she had a bath, the first time she went to our vet and the first time she escaped through the hole in the fence and had a little jaunt through the neighbourhood. I never said all of the firsts were good! haha.
First, the bath. Any dog owner can tell you that this time of year is messy. Oh so messy. Every time we go for a walk we basically bring nature home with us. Since Paddington, Corduroy and Wellington are all so physically low to the ground, they usually get covered and all of them were in desperate need of a bath.
So Thursday evening last week I filled up the tub and armed with many delicious treats, gave Wellie a bath. She did really well, but wanted to get out of the tub the moment she got in. This meant I had to do a sort of one handed wash thing while I held her in the tub so she didn’t jump out. After she was done, it was Corduroy’s turn, then Paddington. Then of course, all three got the “after bath crazies” (I am sure some of you are familiar with this) where they ran around like crazy dogs playing and rubbing themselves all over the carpet and just generally being wacky.
After they were done their after bath crazies, Wellie kept going into the bathroom to see if there were any more treats left over – and she even jumped into the empty tub to see! I was really shocked by this because Paddington and Corduroy have never done something like this. Paddington never learned to jump because of her luxating patellas and Corduroy never learned because Paddington didn’t do it. Neither of them jump very high but Wellie, oh man she can jump high. Her latest thing is jumping onto our guest bed and looking out the window. It’s too cute.
The second first for Wellie this week was our visit to the vet yesterday. Originally we had an appointment for the end of the month but last week she started licking her back left paw and it looked like there was something there so I moved up her appointment to yesterday. Last minute appointments with our vet are very hard to come by so I was very lucky to snag this one. When we arrived, Wellington was happy to see everyone and was eager to take in all of the new smells. Once she was called in to meet the vet, she was a bit apprehensive at first, but warmed up to him straight away. It turns out her paw was just a cut and it had actually healed by the time of her appointment (go figure – as usual I panicked for no reason) and he said she is a very healthy little dog. My greatest relief was when he told me her knees are perfect – I was very worried after our whole debacle with Paddy’s knees.
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