Recently, my little boy had his very first at-home bath.
Given by yours truly. This was kind of a big deal for us.
Don't get me wrong: Hen has had baths. Many, many baths.
But they were all given by kind groomers with patience & experience.
But then.. I started watching Noah Dog during the days
and part of this means giving him weekly baths and I found out: not so hard, not so scary.
So I bought some oatmeal shampoo & told HenryBear it was bath time.
He did not like this so much but he did it anyway and I was so, so proud of him.
Sure, he shook like a leaf but I held him (read: he clung to my arm like the world was ending)
and sang to him and went as fast as I could.
When he was finally let free from the bathroom,
it was all tail wags and running in circles, barking, with a big grin.
He was totally fine! (smelled pretty good, too).
I love seeing this little furry man trust and grow and know he is safe.
I love seeing normal dog behavior and few signs of the scared guy he was when we first met.
I love every milestone we have and can't wait for the next.
Don't give up on the pets in your life (or the people, or, hell, yourself).