Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In a good light

The photo above is of Leo, taken this morning as he slept on Nigel’s pillow. He doesn’t normally do that, as I said in the Instagram caption, but he looked so cute that I had to take a photo. I realised later that there was also really nice natural light.

In the caption I mentioned in passing that “he’s only half shorn”, and of course there’s a story behind that. A couple weeks ago I gave him a bath and we started grooming him. He hates that, something we learned last year.

The short version of the story is that he becomes easily distressed when we try to groom him, so we got him a special collar that has synthetic pheromones that, they say, mimic what a nursing mother dog gives off. It’s supposed to calm them. Let’s just say, it was not a complete success.

He seemed to be becoming so distressed that we stopped—only part way through—and it took him the better part of the following week to come right. He looks like he’s wearing pants that are falling down and has a puffy sleeves, not that he cares about any of that, of course. At some point we’ll have to finish the job, but we’re dreading it.

Meanwhile, we’re having new taps installed on our bath later this week, one that allows us to attach a hand-held shower-type sprayer, and the only reason we’re doing that is to have a place to wash the dogs. I can wash Leo in the laundry tub, but the other two are too big. I’ve been using the shower, but that’s really awkward.

And, Sunny and Jake are overdue for their baths. They’ll be this weekend.

Still, Leo was enjoying his little sleep when I took that photo, which is a good thing in itself. And, as always, I saw him in a good light.

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