it is no surprise that eliza has talked of and dreamt of
and planned for a dog wash for a long, long time.
thanks to an adult friend’s listening ear at a july 4th party,
the plans got really specific. and we just went for it.
with a couple of days notice, we sent an email to our area dog friends.
and eliza irene got to wash 4 dogs, not including sally
(who, ironically, never got washed).
randy, meagan and sara, you may not realize the joy you gave eliza.
she says she never thought it would be that good.
as usual, she wanted josie to stay longer.
(“i’ve known her her whole life, mom!”)
so, welcome to our dog wash:
there were two kinds of shampoo available
or people could bring their own.
we had towels, thanks to the thrift shop.
we filled the pool earlier in the day so it could warm up a bit,
but it was still really cold well water.
some dogs liked the water more than others.
(side note: usually i have no trouble deleting multiple photos
of a similar shot, much to my dad and some friends’ cringes,
but these i couldn’t delete. this was the moment the first dog walked in.
they are so subtly different, i couldn’t choose one.)
eliza wore her halloween costume from a couple of years ago
when she was a dog groomer. she was stocked with treats.
once the dogs were “clean” they were given
a rainbow ribbon on their collar and
another doggie treat (purchased by eliza, i might add).
there were drinks for kids, adults, and dogs,
pretzel sticks (like sticks that dogs chase),
and puppy chow, of course.
there was a fan in the “waiting area” in case people got hot.
we had music going.
all the songs had “dog” in it…
though i never heard “dog” in “girls just wanna have fun.”
but thanks to
eliza really did have fun.
maybe it’s good i didn’t have more
than 2 hours to get ready for this.
imagine all the other things that
could have been added!
maybe next time?
because you can imagine
there are requests for a “next time.”