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Demoralizing the Dog

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A few months ago my older sister Maddie bought a golden-doodle puppy. Very quickly she realized that Oliver is an extremely headstrong and blatantly disobedient, unless, of course, you have a dog treat, stick, or other toy. Oliver doesn’t seem to enjoy being cleaned although he seems to love getting dirty.

This past weekend my older brother William came home after giving a talk at Fermilab, a deactivated particle accelerator, for my father’s and my birthdays. My older brother lives in Colorado which means that my family doesn’t get to see him that often. This brought my sister Maddie and her dog oliver up from Indianapolis. My sister works on weekends so she left on Friday; she accidentally left Oliver at my house. This made everyone laugh; how could you forget a dog! We went swimming later that weekend… with Oliver. Turns out even though he’s part poople, a natural fowl retriever breed, he does NOT like to swim at all.

When we came home from the pool, Oliver got loose and being a dog where did he run to… the muddy woods. When he finally calmed down, we managed to restrain him, after all he is a rambunctious puppy. My sister Lily and I had to use a series of dog treats, broken sticks from the previous day’s yard work, and tug rope toy. We noticed that he had burrs all over his normally pristine white coat, which at the moment was a light brown shade of dried mud with little green spots.

Lily and I decided it was time for this dirty dog to have a shower. The two of us corralled Oliver into the downstairs bathroom; shutting the door behind us was smart move. Lily brought a pair of scissors to the makeshift grooming center. After we were done with him, he had those huge puppy-dog eyes. Oliver does not seem to like any form of water other than drinking water I suppose. Lily turned on the water as Oliver decided he did not want to be taking a shower at that time; he ran to the corner and wouldn’t budge. I had to physically pick up the 80 pound filthy bucking dog and hold him in the shower. As the water hit his back, he arched his back like a cat. Lily scrubbed and I held fast; we finished the job in a staggering 20 minutes.

Lily wasn’t quite done; she had a different idea of what a clean dog should smell like. Lily thinks that golden-doodles should smell like perfume as well as being spotless. Can you guess what the first thing Oliver does after he is let out; if you guessed roll in the mud you were right, but that’s another shower for another time.

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  1. hvest95 on August 9th, 2017 8:55 am

    Great first article! I like how descriptive you are with the shower scene and describing how hard it was to control the dog. Good job and keep up the good work!

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  2. Jordan Henry on August 14th, 2017 8:08 am

    I enjoyed your story. I found it very entertaining and relatable to many dog owners, including myself. Great job!

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