Meet Emery…

November 5, 2011 • Author: Ruff Haus

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I thought it was kind of cute the first time I opened up the back door and this 10 week old little ball of orange fluff came running in looking like some kind of mud monster. He was a fall puppy, constantly chasing leaves, exploring the back yard, digging up new smelly fall things.  I figured he was only a baby and still had to learn that digging wasn’t allowed.  I thought it was just a phase that he would grow out of.  Turns out I was wrong.

Flash Forward 4 years…

I’ve come to realize that digging wasn’t the draw with Emery…it was the dirt and the mud.  He loves everything about it, and it didn’t take him long to realize that when he was wet the dirt stuck to him even better.   He loves the way it feels rolling around in it after a good swim, the grittiness of the dirt up his nose and in his ears, the way it tastes and the way the rocks give it that extra crunch…he thrives off it.  I’ve actually witnessed a grin form on his face and seen his eyes light up when he discovers that there’s not only water for him to swim in but a beach for him to roll around in afterwards.

He’s dirty and smelly all of the time…and that’s the way he likes it.  He’s been professionally groomed once a month since he was 9 weeks old, and there’s nothing about getting clean he enjoys.  He’s fantastic to groom, and never misbehaves during…but he just merely tolerates the process.  In fact, he’s been known to roll around in the nearest patch of grass or dirt he can find immediately after a groom.

Just thought Id share so that all of you owners out there with dirty dogs know you are not alone!  As a trainer and groomer, I also ended up with one of the dirty ones…



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