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Our Soggy Dog Story

In 2010 I was asked to ‘dog sit’ a gorgeous little Spaniel called Rascal while my son and his family went to work out in Dubai.

The dog sitting has now gone on for over six years and let me let you into a secret – my son and his family will not be getting her back! If they try to there will be lots of paperwork and I’ll get Rumpole of the Bailey to represent me because Rascal is now my best pal. He is always thrilled to see me when I come in, a cosy couch cuddle and a warning voice when anyone approaches my front door.

Plus, she makes me get out for walks, which means fresh air and meeting some nice people along the way. Now, here’s the downside (there’s always a downside), Rascal is a Spaniel. Therefore, it goes without saying that she loves water, mud and ditches and can find just those sort of places on the driest of days. So when we get back from a walk, like so many other dogs who are medium sized and so ‘close to the ground,’ she almost always needs a bath.

I worked out that in the first four years of ‘fostering’ Rascal, I carried her up the stairs to my bathroom, soaking wet and muddy at least four times per week. That meant in four years that I made around 850 trips up the stairs (making my back ache) into the bathroom, then which needed a thorough clean afterwards. Not to mention Rascal indulging in her unique way of getting dry, which consists of running up and down the landing walls and shaking herself! (Apparently, 80% of water comes off a dog when it shakes itself, nature’s way of keeping them warm I suppose) all of which left me soaking wet and exhausted. So I thought, I can’t be on my own with this problem of a Soggy Dog® – there must be a better way. Hence Soggy Dog ® outdoor dog bath came about, for the regular dog bather and easier dog bath grooming.

I designed the Soggy Dog® dog bath and asked a pal, Mr Priest (Thank you Mr Priest)  to make a prototype out of wood. I decided to have wheels attached to the base, which I later realised wasn’t a good idea as Rascal sailed past us along the flags! However, after following searches, CAD drawings etc and three more prototypes later, we finally had a durable dog bath, which looked great, was fully functional and worked.

I used the newly designed Soggy Dog® dog bath most days for a year to try it out.

To make dog bath grooming easier (top dog bather tip!) I learned to put a couple of washing up bowls of warm water with a bit of dog shampoo into the Soggy Dog® dog bath before a walk. That way, Rascal would get into the now tepid dog bath when we got back comfortably.

I’d wash her using a simple jug, which meant that I could bathe her anywhere, even if there was no outdoor tap or hosepipe. I found this to be a better way to bathe her as a hosepipe can be quite forceful and harsh with cold temperatures.  Incidentally, I had two splash panels added to the Soggy Dog® dog bath to help protect the owner from hosepipe splatter or dogs that love to shower you with water! Now when Rascal gets out of her dog bath and shakes (outside remember), I tip the bath water out onto the garden, or it could simply drain down into a grid.

Next, Rascal gets back in to her Soggy Dog® dog bath and I rinse her with a simple bucket of clean warm water; she gets out and shakes (outside again, remember) I tip the bath out (or sometimes I recycle this and water my plants) put a towel on the base of the bath and Rascal gets back in (she likes this bit best). I dry her with another towel and into the house she goes. Job done, I just simply pull out the plug and the Soggy Dog ® dog bath goes under the garden bench ready for next time.

Another thing worth mentioning is that any older dog will find it easier to get in and out of the Soggy Dog ® dog bath because its sides are only 21cms (about 8inches) deep. Also, on those really hot summer days ( all three of them) Rascal uses the Soggy Dog ® dog bath to cool off in and loves it.

So now, Rascal’s bath takes me around 4 1/2 minutes, as opposed to around 20 minutes in the bathroom. No bad back, no soaking wet clothes or temperature increase for me – and in minutes the kettle is on. I am sure that Rascal doesn’t see a bath; she just sees another small pond which happens to be in our garden. She makes no association with tiled rooms which she is wary of – such as the vets. I love our vet but Rascal’s not over keen! and Rascal’s healthier for being clean. My house has benefited massively and bath time is far less stressful for myself and for Rascal.

I can take the Soggy Dog ® dog bath anywhere. My friends don’t need to worry about me coming to stay with them with Rascal because I can bathe her at their house in their garden, in the same way without creating chaos in their bathrooms. Plus, it doesn’t matter how small your garden is, there’s always space for a Soggy Dog ® dog bath.  Rascal can even sleep in the empty and dry Soggy Dog ® dog bath with a dog blanket in the base and use it as a travel bed when she visits friends. The Soggy Dog ® dog bath also doubles up as a handy carry case for when Rascal is visiting her friends as I can pack up all of her bowls, blankets and toys into its spacious centre.

The grit and dirt which dogs like Rascal collect during a walk is a cause of irritation if left in the dog’s hair which causes a lot of irritation and itchiness. After using the Soggy Dog ® dog bath, Rascal doesn’t scratch herself as she used to and she doesn’t gnaw at her toes anywhere near as much. Also, that same grit that gets into carpets and acts like sandpaper grinding away at leather furniture and scratching the surface of a bath is no more – The Soggy Dog ® dog bath means leaving all that grit outside. 

The only thing to come into the house is a cleaner, happier, less stressed Soggy Dog ® after a walk!!

I hope it works for you too. I know it will.

Best wishes and lots of love, 

Chris and Rascal xx

The Benefits of your Soggy Dog Bed & Bath combo

Strong durable plastic, won’t bow or bend

Easy-clean, slip-resistant base, ensures your dog’s safety

Drainage plug to eliminate dirty water

Secure tethering point for dog’s lead

Transports everything your dog needs

Excellent as a bed for at home or away!

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