Winners: Annette, Keighter, and Shannon! I will get those out to you as soon as I have your mailing info (you can send it through the contact form). Hope you like them!
I had big plans for this post, but with THUNDERSTORM 2010 looming down it kind of put a crimp in my idea. (Read: we get one thunderstorm every 24 months or so around here, and the county pretty much shuts down in mass panic, blackouts, that sort of thing.)
So I thought I would keep it simple.
As we learned in Wednesday’s post, everyone loves wipes. And you know, I do too. Wipes are great for maintenance, especially when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to do a full bath on your pet. They are convenient for things like dusty paws, helpful as peace of mind when your dog finds some rotting thing in the yard, and faster than fishing out a washcloth and a bottle of shampoo.
John Paul Pet is the pet division of Paul Mitchell, which if you are anything like me will immediately bring you back to 1995, sitting in the shower with a bottle of Awapuhi shampoo pretending you’re in Hawaii. Love the stuff.
In addition to their line of shampoos and conditioners, John Paul Pet also has a line of wipes. And not just one wipe, mind you- ear and eye wipes, tooth and gum wipes, and full body and paw bath wipes. Basically, if it’s wipeable, they have a way to wipe it. You could wipe your dog from head to toe with them.
Now you all know what I’m going to say. Wipes do not replace dental cleanings, ear cleanings, or (say it with me) antibiotics for infected nasal folds. They do not reverse disease. They help healthy parts remain clean and healthy. That being said, when I was laid out in the hospital after having a baby and I wasn’t able to get up and waddle to the sink, having face wipes and tooth wipes was pretty awesome. They do make a difference.
The ingredients in these wipes are appropriate for their purpose and the scent is nice but not overwhelming. Both Brody and Koa enjoyed their head to toe wiping. I told the kids we were playing doggie carwash and let them have at it while I had an afternoon cup of coffee. It was great.
Here they are modeling their recently wiped ears and smiles. They are clearly enjoying each others’ minty fresh breath.
I have three samplers of wipes I’m handing out today- the sampler packs have one of each of the three kinds of wipes. Throw ’em in your car, keep one in your purse- you never know when you could use one, right?
I’ll pick three comments at random on Sunday night (6 PST). To keep it fun, today’s question for entry is: What is the worst thing your pet has gotten into? (For Brody it would have to be that half eaten possum he kept dragging around the backyard for an entire afternoon.)
Well, everything else pales in comparison to an encounter with a skunk, but thankfully, in our 33 years of owning various dogs, the worst we’ve had is pooh – and I REALLY think eating it is worse than rolling in it, though we’ve had both occurrences! Thanks, Dr. V!
Ann Marie says
My Dachshund, Tucker LOVES to go out in the yard and head dive into dead Earthworms. They have a pungent (read STINKY!!!) odor!
Tiffany S says
The worst thing my dog has encountered is probably just other animal poo and pee outside. He loves rolling in it! Thankfully it’s easy to give him a bath.
Lisa W says
Doggy carwash — I love it! I’m with the first two as far as what mine have gotten into — poop seems to be the worst so far (fingers crossed). 😉
I am pretty sure that out worst was the HUMAN excrement at the park. GROSS! No eating, thank God, but she did the infamous shoulder first dive. This is what I get for taking her to the park where the homeless people hangout.
Dr. V says
That is truly horrific.
How timely. Just last week, my precious kitty cat brought home the lower half of a squirrel. After I put on my tyvek suit and two layers of gloves to shovel it into a garbage bag, I then spent most of the next two days wandering around the yard, wondering when and where I would encounter the upper half. I have just now convinced myself that he brought home remnants of another animal’s success or (god forbid) road kill. The dog has never tortured me like this.
Those dental wipes could be a real boon around the house here. My greyhounds, despite tooth brushing and bully stick chewing, still have horrid teeth. Something else to add to the routine would be great!
Linda Edwards says
My first dog, a lovely Airedale (but not in this story!), rolled in HUMAN POOP while we were walking and exploring at a park. There were no facilities of any sort in the area we were in and we were quite a distance from my car. Fortunately she was wearing a bandanna in addition to her collar, so I made her stand in the creek and used to bandanna to clean off as much as I could, all the while trying not to retch. It was not a pleasant ride home, either. Just remembering makes me want to gag!
Dr. V says
I got the shivers reading that— UGH!!!
I’m joining the gang above in saying that pooh his most likely the worst thing my boy has eaten and/or rolled in. Yuck! That, along with the occasional bird he catches in the yard and thinks he needs to carry around until it dies of heart failure. I am definitely going to look for these wipes! Haven’t seen them in the stores.
The worst thing my cat has gotten into was her wet food. We had to board her with the vet for a week and she was unhappy with the arrangement, so (according to the vet’s staff) she kept trying to reach through the door and rolling and twisting, not caring that she was would roll right on top of her food. And did I mention that she is one of those reclusive calicos, so wouldn’t let them staff near her long enough to clean her up? By the time we picked her up, her fur was matted and caked with dried up food.
When we got her home, we put her directly in the tub for a bathing… I think that was the first time I’d seen a cat purr while getting a bath.
Holly Green says
Do I have the only dog in the world that is too prissy to roll in stuff? Bailey will hold his pee all day long if it’s even drizzling outside because he loathes being wet (imitation lab, I tell you)… forget about getting DIRTY on purpose!
He hasn’t gotten anything gross ON him, but he occasionally just does some very nasty things of which he should be ashamed but probably isn’t: He has ingested and regurgitated an entire pair of women’s cotton underwear (we’re not talkin’ thong here, but full on GP’s), regularly snacks on poo if you don’t follow behind him and scoop it immediately, and after *eating* the poo he sometimes likes to delight you with a return showing of it in vomit form inside the house.
And yet even though we have to make the extra effort to hide our undies (he chews hubby’s boxers, too, right in the crotch! LOLZ!) and he sometimes has doodoo breath, we endlessly love this silly creature. 😉 Bailey is otherwise a very wonderful dog, so we can deal with a few personality flaws. Heck, I know I have more than he does!
Lisa W says
OMG that is hilarious! My Bailey, who is now sadly gone from us, once ate several pair of underwear and a PAIR OF TIGHTS! Yep, surgery it was. I’ll never know how she managed those tights…. What is it with dogs and ladies’ underwear?
Porcupines! Both my dogs had separate encounters with them last summer.
Susan Montgomery says
Finn is a gentleman, and seems to hate getting dirty, so no rolling in dead things or poo. But, one trip to the barn after a rainstorm, with him running and chasing geese and he was head to tail black barn muck just from splashing and playing. He got hosed at the barn, hosed at the house, then in the tub for a bath.
Luckily we don’t have many dead animals in my neighborhood (knock on wood) but my sister has horses and when we go to her house Toby enjoys having the gourmet meal of horse poo :/ Lovely, lol!
Well, on the subject of wipes (though it was a friends dog), Winston the Dachshund decided to eat a box of baby wipes. Being a Vet tech, my friend called me asking what to do when they noticed a string of them starting to come out the back end. After surgery, the final count was 23. :\
Bama is a poop eater. I would love some of those for his breath when he comes in the house after having a snack.
My dog’s would be dead possum as well. Ick!
Oh, yeah, Thunderstorm 2010 has already been fun…and add to it the Air Show with explosions and the Blue Angels flying over.
(aka my dog will be running around the house like a crazy man all weekend…)
Annette Frey says
There’s one dog run where ppl don’t clean up very well and Starr tries to roll in the poop there, and only there, it’s bizarre. Other than that, she has rolled in major unidentifiable stunk requiring multiple wash and rinses.
Jen L-N says
A full box of my dinner – calamari 🙁 Poop watch was fun…
heather t says
My Dachshund, Oscar, loves to play archaeologist in the litter boxes. He digs up whatever’s in there, and I can always tell if he’s been in the litter boxes by the telltale nose covered in litter….
I was just thinking this morning that I needed to buy more of the John Paul Oatmeal Conditioner! I swear by this, best conditioner I have used on my Golden’s coat. The worst thing Madison has gotten into would be horse apples at the barn. I catch her walking out of an empty stall all proud of herself for finding her special treats!!! gross!!
Andre is a nearly 12 year old terrier mix. He is a bit more fastidious than most. He hates wet so when it is drizzly he balks at going out. (tough cause we live in Seattle) He too had an underwear fetish – anyone’s underwear – so overnight visitors had to be warned to protect their underwear in their luggage 🙂
He rarely ever smells of anything more than damp doggie since he loves to get bathed (go figure) by me – weekly is better than bi-weekly to him. He is an urban dog so othe dog’s pee on sidewalk is as close to smelly as he can get. But the wipes sound wonderful. have to figure out where to buy some.
Susan Buentello says
Hard to believe, but my dog has never gotten into anything untoward. Of course, he’s only a year old so there’s still time!
It was the summer after we first moved into my parents’ current house, I was a sophomore in high school. The previous owners were very lazy. Our dogs were spending an inordinate amount of time outside. So I decided to go check it out. Spunky our golden-German Shepherd mix had a full forearm of a creature in his mouth. I soon discovered it was the shallow grave of the wolf mix the previous owners had buried 5 years earlier… sealed in a trash bag. So it was still mushy and recognizable as dog. Terrible right? I don’t know if you can imagine how horrible
The worst thing my dogs have ever gotten in to was rotting other dog.
Dr. V says
Oh wow. ! How awful!!!! bleah!!!
Tiffany S says
oh my goodness……I have no words for that.
Lisa W says
This is just awful.
After taking the three golden cousins swimming in a near by lake we stopped to pick up a couple things on the way home. When we returned to a very stinky-wet-dog-smelling car we noticed the bag of treats was empty with one very guilty looking golden in the front. We hopped in the car and headed home, only to hear the sound of a small waterfall in the rear of the car. Apparently cousin number two couldn’t hold the lake water he had drank (althougth they’d only been in the car for maybe 20 mins) and decided to relieve himself in the back. So we pulled over to clean up what we could, only to have cousin number three roll in a very fresh pile of cow manure on the side of the road. All we could do at that point was laugh and head home for a doggy spa (with the windows down).
The worse thing my dog has gotten into was my art supplies. She realized she could jump up on our coffee table (New discovery!)
Yes, she nibbled a pencil a bit, but as I walked in the room, she grabbed a drawing erases ((1inx2in) and took one nibble- saw me- and swallowed it whole. My little italian greyhound mix (12lb) swallowed an entire ereaser without chewing. One trip to UC Davis Animal Hospital and a hefty bill later — We have the world’s most expensive eraser sitting in a jar on our mantel 🙂
Oops – that was supposed to be “eraser” not ereaser 😉
WOW, the worse thing my dogs have gotten into doesn’t even compare to some of the previous comments. My dogs look like angels compared to them lol! My dog Toby LOVES used snotty Kleenexs. My other dog loves going under bushes which makes him really stinky!
The worst thing my boxer girl has gotten into…
realllly expensive imported dark chocolate with pink pepper corns.
With a name like Gucci, I suppose I should have expected she’d go for the good stuff. Needless to say, she ate a bagel the same day and was fine.
Hummm those wipes would be handy for the girls as they love to drool/slobber/chew on each other!
I would say the worst thing was my old dog found a dead mouse and proceeded to fling it in the air repeatedly trying to bring it back to life? make it fly? and then would let it land, have a good roll, bark and try all over again…
My lab/border collie mix, Candi, would get into some gross stuff. The one thing that stands out is when she rolled in a baby diaper on the side of the road. My Dad was walking her without a leash, and he noticed her putting her shoulder into something. Then the head went down, and a full-body roll occurred. He assumed that it was roadkill, but upon closer inspection, it was a very full diaper. He was two miles away from the house, and she was covered in poo. He proceeded to put the leash on her, and drag her back to the house. It was caked on – and still drippy in some spots. We put her in the shower, turned on the water, and shut the door. After the pre-wash, we bathed her three times, and she still smelled. It was awful.
We had to barricade the laundry room where we keep the litter box after we got our second dog, he liked to eat the “used” cat litter…
Kitty Roca! 🙂 Favorite of both my shih tzus.
caren gittleman says
would love those wipes! I have a cat and a dog. Thankfully my kitty really hasn’t gotten into anything too bad but our Dakota is another story. Probably the worst was when he began to eat (yes eat) my cell phone (If you need photos as evidence I have the photos!!) Thankfully I caught him right before he got to the battery!
The next reason I would love the wipes is he is a Sheltie. If his anal duct is not kept trimmed, you guessed it…he trots around with chunks of poop on his butt that are so hard to get to because he second you try he starts spinning like a maniac….I have to run him around in the grass outside praying the poop will fall off! (we live on the 2nd floor of a condo building so going outside is an effort, we can’t just open a door and let him out)……….hope you enjoyed the visual! lol
As several others have mentioned, my dog’s favorite treat comes from the litter box. (As my trainer referred to it – cat a@# candy!) He’ll have the telltale litter-encrusted muzzle and I find fun bits of it around the house.
Steph B says
My Cavalier, Amelia, frequently accompanies me to the barn where I used to board my horse. The barn is owned and run by a close friend, and I love letting the dogs run around while we groom the horses and distribute carrots. We were doing jsut that a few weekends ago, after a rainstorm. Called the dogs,a nd both amelia and the resident yellow lab were covered in brown goo from ehad to toe – apparently they discovered something wonderful in the manure pit and dug in – literally. Cleaning mud/manure sludge out of white cavalier slipper paws is not particularly easy, as it turns out. 😛
Cat litter, the kitchen garbage (picture various “yummy” bites all over the living room floor), and a dead fish. Those have to be up there. Luckily no adventures in pooh yet! Hopefully it stays that way.
Oh it was poop. I’m not sure if it was deer or bear or raccoon or even wild turkey but it was something at my parents and dear god, I gag thinking about it now. Blade rolled in it around his head area, like right below his ears was a wet spot and I stood in my parents driveway with a hose and a scrub brush. I didn’t have any pet shampoo but I tried a little Herbal Essence and Palmolive just on that spot. It was disgusting!!
My fiance and I have a black lab named Tucker that he uses for hunting. When around tucker, you have to be careful to not leave your starbucks chai unattended. Every time that I place my chai in the car while grabbing something from the truck bed, tucker drinks the entire drink through the straw. I have no idea how he figured out this party trick but he only does it with chai. He won’t touch coffee or any other drink. He usually drools so much while doing it that a chai drool mix ends up all over my car and him.
Except for the occasional fish carcass at the lake, Honey’s a pretty clean gal. But I remember this story from a few years ago about a person on a list serv looking for advice on getting her dogs out of an elk carcass. I laughed out loud when I first read it. Maybe Anita (the original poster) should win your giveaway. Here’s the story: http://www.jerrypournelle.com/reports/jerryp/dogsinelk.html.
I had a sweet older German Shepherd (about 10 when I got him). One day we were outside and a bird was hopping around. I pointed out the bird and thought he would chase it. Well, little did I know the bird was injured and couldn’t fly! BJ started chasing the bird and caught up to him real quick and next thing I know the bird is in his mouth squawking. Soon the bird’s head went limp. I was absolutely horrified at what I had done. And to top it off my dog then had a dead bird he was running around with. Finally he put it down and I coaxed him away with some treats. I’ll never stop feeling guilty about that poor bird.
regina sanchez says
my lhasa ate my cockteil and had blood ,guts and feathers all over him
Dr. V says
Oh, that is so sad! 🙁
Elizabeth and The Lab Crew says
Raccoon poop, totally discusting smell and my female lab rolls in it every chance she gets. Even my 2 males move away from her when she does this.. She always seem quite proud of herself too. We unfortunately have lots of raccoons around here..
Milo rolled in a 20 pound dead carp. I may have relayed this story here before. He found it in the half-thawed ground around Fresh Pond in Boston 2 winters ago, and dug it up for the consumption pleasure of the 100 or so dogs that frequent Fresh Pond each day. He carried it towards my friend Debbie and I, loping happily with this long floppy silver thing in his mouth. We were unsure what it was until he stopped dead, dropped the item, and began to do a shoulder plant into it. The folks at Laundromutt said they were seeing “dead carp” customers for weeks. It took 3 baths and a trip to Laundromutt before the rotting fish smell was gone.
As a kid, we had a lab/German Sheppard mix that my older brother, curiously, named “Bubbles.” One summer evening, my parents had a dinner party. Just as everyone sat down to eat on the deck, someone noticed that Bubbles was throwing something up in the air, catching it, and then shaking her head. Us kids went to check it out and discovered that it was a baby ground hog, which are surprisingly cute. When we returned to the deck to report our findings, Bubbles proudly followed, dead (or possibly dying) baby ground hog in her mouth. Great timing, as she presented this great prize to my parents’ guests. This was before doggy teeth-brushing was en vogue, but I refused to let her lick even my hand for about a month. Ick.
Guess I have been lucky in that my dogs have not gotten into too much stinky stuff, but one had a costly encounter with a birthday cake. Molly was on phenobarbitol for seizures, which made her hungry all the time. I had bought a sheet birthday cake for an office party. It was decorated with pipe cleaners as “stems” for the frosting roses. I left the cake on the kitchen table (she had never counter-surfed before) and came home to find it on the floor, with chunks missing, gobs of frosting everywhere, and the pipe cleaners scattered about. As I cleaned up I realized there must have been more pipe cleaners and they could only be in one place. I took Molly to the emergency clinic where she went immediately into surgery to remove the pipe cleaners, cake and frosting. Fortunately she recovered just fine, but the bill was over $1,000. An expensive cake! Laurel, celebrating the love of dogs at http://laurelhuntbooks.com
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My girl stays pretty clean but she must think of peacock poop as a delicacy. I don’t get it she avoids dog and cat poop but makes a beeline for the peacock poop littering my parents neighborhood!