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Yesterday was warm enough for Gizmo to have a bath at home ... we do it outside in the garage. We have hot & cold water out there, too. AND, he REALLY needed a bath! He smelled like a dog ... go figure. He also had been at the Dog Center when I volunteered yesterday. He played outside with all of his buddies and when it was time to go home, his feet & legs were black!!! Ugh! They offered to wipe him down for me, but I figured I'd just take him home & bathe him.
Soooo.....he was very good about the bath. He loves the hose and stood and let me wash him up. I think he's good because he's so used to going to the groomer and getting it done. About 1/2 way through, I saw something out of the corner of my eye near the edge of the garage. Gizmo saw it too and was up on his toes on FULL ALERT! I looked and it was the biggest toad I have EVER seen! I let Gizmo watch the stupid thing hop into the garage, heading for underneath a car. Gizmo was pulling so hard on the leash that I decided to let him investigate and get it out of his system.
I think I might have let him get too close though. I pulled him back and got a long handled "thingie" to prod the toad with. I wasn't about to touch that thing! UGH! The toad didn't move. I pushed and it rolled. I thought it might get up and hop away, but it didn't. So, I pushed again ... and again ... and again. All the while holding a very wet & excited Gizmo back. Eventually, I got the toad back to the garden beside the garage where he came out.
Gizmo & I finished up with the bath. I ran out of towels, though. I only have 2 and he was very wet. So I dried him off the best I could and sent him in the house. Then, I went out and took photos of the toad (see Gizmo's new album). It took me about 2 hours to brush and dry him. I only have a human hair blower and had to be careful not to let it get too hot. He loved it.
He sat and let me blow his back, head & neck. He tries to get the air when we use the blow dryer, so I knew he would be ok with it. Afterwards, he went into our bedroom, curled up in a ball, and took a nap. He had a very busy and stimulating day!
I also posted photos of our "path" in the front garden that Gizmo is supposed to use instead of tromping on all my flowers. I guess he didn't get the memo. LOL Cuz he sure doesn't use them. I think I saw him step on one two or three times since we put them in over a week ago.
It was a fun day and quite an adventure.