So yesterday my mom decided that I needed a bath. I've been a bit flaky and she keeps telling me I stink (which I don't think is very nice of her). So after our Scent Discrimination Class we went to Bark Williams. This is a place where you go and it looks like a groomer's but then your mom stays with you - my mom calls it a self-service dog wash. It was busy yesterday because it was Sunday. Usually my mom goes when they first open so we don't have to wait but today we had to wait. I kept trying to convince her to leave but she was not having it.
When it was my turn the man cleaned out the tub for me and lowered the ramp. After the promise of some hot dogs I begrudgingly went up the ramp and let my mom hook me up. My mom likes to hook me up so I don't try and jump out because she has to use both hands to wash me. They have nice tubs at Bark Williams that have some sort of double floor system so you're not sitting in all your own hair and dirty water - yuck. they also have a nice nozzle that has warm water (something we don't have when my mom washes me in front of the house).
They have different types of shampoo to pick from right there - no need to bring your own. My favorite is oatmeal but they also have "tear free" and "flea and tick." After the shampoo my mom uses the "rinse" to condition my fur. Now I have to say that I am not the most cooperative dog when it comes to bath time and I try and get back at my mom by giving her a bath. Lucky for her they have aprons for the moms and dads so that they don't get too wet.
After you are rinsed off they have some shammies to dry you off. Now here is the one negative part of Bark Williams. I was there a few years ago and enjoyed those shammies because the more dry I can get with those the less time I have to be dried with the "monster." But today the shammies had lot of holes in them. I think they need some new shammies. After my mom pre-dried me she turned the orange "monster" on.
Now I know it's not really a monster but I hate it. It makes noise and air comes shooting out of it and I'm strapped to the tub so I can't get away. My mom is pretty nice about being gentle and drying my face from farther away so it isn't too scary. She also let me take breaks and used some treats to keep me calm.
Then it was (finally) time to go. Now my mom says we have too many treats and toys at home but if you are in the market for some of that stuff they have lots at Bark Williams. They had some treats that I have used before and some fancy stuffed toys.
The people are friendly and helpful (the first time we went we had lots of questions but now we know what to do) and the place is very nice and CLEAN. And when you pay for your bath they give you a "cookie" - who can beat that. All in all if you're going to get a bath I would recommend it - it's nicer than getting a bath outside because there is warm watter, your parents don't have to hunch over as the baths are up high, and your parents don't have to clean up the mess. It costs about fifteen dollars for a bath but my mom thinks it is well worth the money.
P.S. When my mom decides I need a professional bath and haircut she takes me to Paws 'n' Claws in Pacific Palisades. They are the only people that have ever been able to cut my nails. They also deal with glands that need to be excreted and given nice haircuts. I've been going since I was a puppy and if you have to get a bath it's a nice place to go.