Once a week, whether she needs it or not (and most definitely she needs it) Maggie gets a bath. Brian and I have perfected our two person attack. I line the bathroom floor with towels, get snacks ready, and smear peanut butter on the bathtub wall. Brian finds Maggie and then we lure her together with the peanut butter left over on the knife.
A little water in the bottom of the tub helps to soak the dirt from her toes. I use the shower head to soak her down. She gets scrubbed from head to toe with a flea/tick shampoo that makes her smell so fresh and clean. (Brian always get to scrub down the DMZ.)
She gets hosed down again. It never ceases to amaze me how much dirt comes out with the rinse water. We heave her on to the towels and try to quickly cover her before she shakes off all the water. Usually we win. She always gets a little crazy about now. She runs in tiny circles and rubs her face in the towels....almost like she's trying to find some new dirt to cover herself in.
Next is the salon-like blowdrying treatment. She used to try to gulp the air from the blowdryer. Now she's not so interested in the blowdryer, because she's found that Brian's hand works as a neat little treat dispenser about this time. He slowly feeds her treats while I dry and fluff her. She comes out like a beauty queen.
Today we had a bit of a shock while drying her. Brian was rubbing her belly and found a tick under her neck. We've never had that happen before! It was evil looking, brown and fat, probably about 2 mm. She gets Advantix once monthly for fleas/ticks, so I hope the tick was dead. But I tell you what, that bugger was really difficult to extract from her skin. Brian did his best to hold her still when I pulled at the tick with the tweezers. I wanted to cry for Maggie because I'm sure it hurt and she was scared from being held down. It wasn't until later that I remembered the trick about touching the tick with a hot match, but that wouldn't have worked if the tick was dead anyway. Now she's clean and tickless, for the moment. I'll have to think twice before I let her in our bed tonight.