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Joy: From the Ground Up

Making a Splash January 19, 2014

I know it’s necessary. I sure wish it wasn’t. The dreaded bath. I have a love/hate relationship with this most simple and basic necessity. Namely, I hate getting wet. Please remember this is coming from your resident doggie optimist who makes it a point to find the silver lining in all things. It’s not like me to complain. But misery loves company and I found some today in Baby Carter.

Making the Best of ItIt wasn’t his first bath since being home, but it was by far the most tumultuous. I have heard my fair share of screeching cries (most of which pierce right through my little doggie heart) in his almost three weeks with us, but today he hit a whole new range of emotional distress. From which I have gathered that he too hates baths. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this, since he has not been quiet about his hatred of being naked. Yet I couldn’t help but wonder why we are this way.

That’s when it occurred to me. I like the attention that accompanies the ritual of it all. It happens during the bath. It happens after the bath. Sometimes it continues for a few days as I apparently smell so nice in all that perfumed shampoo they use on me. I’ve never been one to turn down attention.

I wish I could somehow communicate my thoughts on the matter to Carter to ease his pain a little. Instead I found myself thinking about the water that makes all of the turmoil possible. The cleansing, cleaning, refreshing (even I can admit there is something nice about being clean) water.

Therein I found it. The silver lining. Because I know it’s necessary. And even though I hate it, now I have a reason to love it. Because attention is only as good as what we do with it. I would much rather have my splashes mean something than have them simply get others wet. Even the smallest little pebble can make ripples in the water. And no ripple is too small to evoke positive change.


23 Responses to “Making a Splash”

  1. utesmile Says:

    You are great seeing the good in a bath even you don’t like it, but the drying and cuddling and attention afterwards are worth it. You see I would give you many extra cuddles too, smelling so sweet and clean, it does feel good. Carter will learn in time how lovely it is I am sure. πŸ™‚

  2. Lyn Says:

    Poor you, Cally feels the same way about baths – it’s a case of grimace and bear it. I know you want to ease Carter’s distress Wiles, you wouldn’t be you if you didn’t. Poor little guy, imagine it from his perspective. You’re all snuggly and warm and then suddenly, they strip you off and dunk you in a tub of water. Okay, the water’s nice and warm, but you throw your arms out and scare yourself silly, you have the sense of falling (even though your Mom or Dad is holding you). Does your Mom sing and talk to Carter while she’s undressing and bathing him? Silly question, from what you’ve told us about your Mom, she probably sings to Carter all the time – and I bet she already reads to him too.
    Take heart Wiles, eventually little Carter will love his bath.

    • Dear Lyn,
      You’re so right about the warmth – bath time is a time when poor Carter (who spends the majority of his time swaddled in all kinds of coziness) does indeed get stripped to nothing and put into the (albeit warm) water! No wonder he dislikes it so much! Mom has been singing to dear little Carter (even though she’s not very good) and tonight’s bed time story was from a Disney tales book – it featured a story from Lady and the Tramp (one of my favorite stories, of course). The singing seems to help a bit sometimes when he’s crying, but hasn’t broken the barrier at bath time just yet. We’ll keep working on it, though, don’t you worry. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love to you and dear Cally,

  3. Basil Says:

    Perhaps you could both get into the bath together? BOL

  4. fredrieka Says:

    Here is where I am lucky because mom does not have to soak me to wash me she uses a baby wipe then a damp rag. I do not have a lot of fur and greyhounds do not get stinky as a rule unless of course they get skunked which I did this summer

  5. ScottieMom Says:

    Heather and Mr. K aren’t fans of having to take a bath, either, but they put up with it! Every once in a while, you can see Mr. K lavishing the attention as if he’s getting his own personal massage. Hehe! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

    • We do slip up sometimes and forget where we are when we are being massaged I think. It’s a weakness…but perhaps another silver lining at bath time. All my best to Heather and Mr. K!
      Lots of love,

  6. Nikitaland Says:

    B-A-T-H is a bad four letter word around here too, but I guess Mommy knows when it is time for us to smell good again! Both Nikita and Bella run when they hear the bath water running!

  7. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, I, too, wonder what would happen if they took a bath together…? Or, unorthodox thought, one bath with Carter Joseph still dressed, just to see what he thinks…. I can hear your mom pushing out her lips and saying “Ha Huntie! You do it!” Grin. It’s always easier to view from afar and it really helps not to be in hearing range….

    • You’re right – I LOVE this idea (as misery loves company). Perhaps the company would even make it a little less awful for both of us. Or perhaps it would be just as bad as you’re predicting for my mom. I’m not sure. Only one way to find out! πŸ™‚

  8. pawedblog Says:

    Oh Wiley! What a lovely post, i wish you could spread some of your new found bathing positivity over here… maybe if I read your blog aloud it’ll rub off!
    Carrie (Myfie, Millie and Eliie) x

    • Dear Carrie and family,
      You should know it is absolutely my biggest goal with this blog to have anything I say rub off on anyone that will have it. From joy to bathing positivity. πŸ˜‰ Lots of love to the whole gang!

  9. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    To think that little kiddo now loves running around ‘nakie’ as we say around here.

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