Thursday, July 10, 2008

A bath? Again?

As part of our vacation here in NH we have taken the kids to both Storyland and Santa's Village. They are about 40 miles apart so we stayed in a motel between the two of them in Gorham NH. Since Grandma and Papa came with us to the two parks we has to take Doogie with us, he couldn't stay home alone.....

This wasn't an issue at Storyland - they have kennels at the park and they give them water as well as have an attendant who is there most of the day. Doogie really liked it there since the attendant gave out biscuits every now and then and he just loves his biscuits. You can visit them anytime during the day and the dogs are locked up so not just anyone can get them. The kennels were clean, they signed the dogs in and they signed them back out.

He did very well at the motel - Mt. Madison Motel in Gorham - which is competely dog friendly.

Then we went to Santa's Village the next day. The experience there was a little different. They charge a $10 deposit which they give you a very nice waterbowl and a key. The key locks the kennel and you keep it with you the whole day. The kennels are mostly clean - under an arbor of trees - so they are shaded the whole time and there is a water hose to fill the hose and clean out the kennel when done (or before hand). There is no attendant and you are responsible for your dog. Doogie did okay there but when we checked on him at lunch time and gave him a walk he was definitely dirty from the floor of the kennel - none the worse for wear but not very clean. We did get our deposit back at the end of the day - and he was okay but definitely a different experience.

What did we do when we got back to Grandma and Papa's house that night - why we gave Poor Doogie a bath. Doogie being a Poodle/Terrier gets big as his fur grows but turns into a little rat dog when he gets wet. Kimmy and Katie both helped me give Doogie his bath while Sue was kind enough to snap a photo of Doogie in all his wet misery (he doesn't hate baths but will never be the first one to jump in the water).
D300, 18-200mm, 70mm, F/5.0, 1/60s, iso 200, Flash

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