Friday, September 23, 2011

Sugar and Spice...or at Least Sugar

Does your Basenji melt in the rain? Are their paws sweet like sugar or salty like popcorn, because both sugar and salt melt in water.

Denny Basenji is the ultimate martyr when it comes to going out in the rain. The ears go flat, the gait becomes droopy and resistant, the cold nose butts my leg to let me know that he has done his business and it is time to go in before he melts away entirely.

Baths are the worst. We have shivering, indignant suffering for about three minutes, and then...then the piteous whimpering begins. If, after a minute of this, I have not remedied the situation by removing him from the death trap known as the tub, he begins to yowl. He is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West, in cast I haven't noticed.

Denny is happiest when he is dry, sitting in the sunshine with 72 degrees, low humidity and a rawhide between his lips. Then again, can you blame him?

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