squeaky clean

Maddie is MOSTLY an inside dog.  She doesn’t eat poo.  She doesn’t do the whole tootsie roll thing anymore (as described here).  She doesn’t even LICK her own…you know…”lady bits” incessantly.  I get it – sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do…

But none of that really seems to matter.  Her mouth is like this disgusting, black cesspool of nastiness that leaves its mark EVERYWHERE.

Her toys suffer the worst of it.  Brightly colored plush ends up dark brown and crusty with dried slobber-goo.

So we wash them. 

In the washing machine.

And we tell Maddie that her toys are getting a bath…because she knows what “bath” means…so she’ll also  know we haven’t taken her toys away forever…because she tends to have issues with the whole object permanence thing (Thanks, Psych Degree…you finally came in somewhere…).

Once her toys are shiny and clean and smell like the lavender-scented detergent (don’t worry PETA – it’s organic)…we lay them out to dry on the balcony ledge upstairs.  This method was great when she was a puppy.  All the toys would dry and fluff up and have a second to just be still and relaxed instead relentlessly shaken in the maws of dirty dog.

But now….she’s learned where the secret drying place is…and knows the sound of the dryer opening…then realizes she’s still missing tigger and pinky and the rest of the gang…and races up the stairs two at a time.

To do this:



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