Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fun With Water

We've been having some gorgeous weather lately! The last couple days have been in the 90's, which sounds hot, but it's been really breezy too, so it's perfect as far as I'm concerned. Lilly got her first official bath of the season yesterday and she seemed to really enjoy it.

Her mane was disgusting... she has never had a long mane, but since I'm not really showing, I haven't gotten around to chopping it off this spring. Once I washed it, conditioned it, and sprayed in some Vetrolin, it looked quite pretty. I still prefer a short mane, but she can keep this one for a little while longer.

I also clipped her legs, which is something I always do in the spring. I had already done her front legs, but her back legs needed it desperately. It's partially because of the hair, but mostly because she's susceptible to icky fungus-y stuff that loves to grow on the front and back of her cannon bones. So I shave her down pretty close to the skin, scrub her good with anti-fungus soap, and then spritz her with apple cider vinegar. Having the hair shorter usually keeps the fungus from growing.

After her bath, I took her outside to get some condition photos for May. I think her weight is looking good, and I am still hoping she won't have to wear a muzzle...

She was really excited about the photo shoot.
So cute!
Rylee has also been enjoying the nice weather. She loves playing in water, and somehow she's decided that any time I get out the hose, it's time to play. I make her wait until I'm done watering the plants, but then it's game on. I have to switch the nozzle to "jet" and then spray it all over the yard. She chases it, bites at it, jumps at it, and gets herself soaking wet until I can't take it anymore.
"I will bite you!"
There's a small creek that runs behind my property, and I've avoided taking her there because I'm afraid she'll enjoy it a little too much and try to sneak down there whenever possible. I decided to take her down there on Thursday to see how she'd like it, and she loved it. She had a grand time chasing frogs, getting filthy, and playing in the water.

Cooling off in the creek.
I'm having so much fun with her. She's growing up fast, and not much of a puppy anymore (although she's only 10 months old). She's listening really well and still doing great on her raw diet. I have reintroduced beef, but I bought a chuck roast instead of using the ground up stuff. So far, so good. She's been on probiotics, which ran out two days ago, so we'll see if those were helping things at all now that she's not getting them. They'd be really easy to add back in if they help her, so I'm keeping a close eye on things.

Happy dog is happy. :)


  1. So glad to read a "boring" update. Happy for you!

  2. Vinegar! What a good idea!
    Rylee is a hoot - love that biting water pic.