Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recirculating Bather

This is something every dog owner and definitely every Tibetan Terrier owner should have.  It is the MOST amazing thing I have ever used.  And bonus!  I made it myself!
So what is it?!?!
It's a recirculating bather.  Basically a pump that circulates the bath water and sprays it over your dog.  Why is it so amazing?  Well, I used much less water bathing Tibby with the recirc. bather.  She came out super, super soft and extremely clean.  Like she has NEVER been this clean EVER.

Here it is in the tub all ready to use.  So wanna make your own?
You will need:
One 1/4 hp utility pump
A short (6 foot or so) leader hose or connector hose
One spray nozzle

You can see I duct taped the spray nozzle, so it will stay open all the time.  I also put a rubber mat on the tub bottom, so the pump wouldn't make SO much noise.
Then simply fill your tub with warm water.  Add some shampoo to the water.  Add dog. :)  Turn on pump.  Spray dog.  It's very relaxing.  Tibby leaned into the spray. 
Then drain tub.  Rinse dog with clean water.  I have a spray head on my shower, so I used that.
Then re-fill tub.  Put conditioner on dog.  Turn recirc. pump on and DEEP condition.  Then turn pump off.  Drain tub and rinse dog with clean water.

  Tibby liked it and I thought it was amazing! 

 These are the before pictures.  Tibby doesn't LOOK that dirty, but she was SO dirty.  And getting matty too :(  I think the detangler I was using was too greasy.  Her fur just felt nasty.

Post recirc. bather bath.  She is SOOOO silky and soft.  I can't stop touching her fur.  It's like the softest thing I have ever felt.  The pictures aren't the greatest.  We started her bath at 8pm and it was almost midnight before I was done with the whole blow dry, brush, dematt thing.

Pictures today.  She is sparkling white and golden.  My Mom has been recently saying that Tibby was losing her color, but I think it was just the nasty detangler I was using - too greasy and yucky.  And I was using gobs of detangler, because I couldn't get her clean in the bath.  Vicious cycle.

These are the products I used.  I was waiting for them last night and snatched them out of the UPS man's hands - that's how excited I was to get them!  LOL!  Last night I used the Clean Start and the Spectrum 10 conditioner and Ice on Ice for the detangler, but I hardly needed any detangler - amazing how clean fur brushes SO much easier.  Also a wonderful pin brush.  I can't wait to try the White on White and Gold on Gold shampoo!  Tibby will look so amazing!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Turkeys

When I was walking with Tibby today, we saw a huge flock of turkeys.
There were at least 25, but they were a little shy.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Picked the plums off of ONE of my trees.  Lots and lots of plums.  All three trees are plum trees.  Who knew?!?  They are just different varieties.  So no apricots.  Or cherries.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Pond With A Few Friends

The fish had babies again this year.  If you look very closely you can see some tiny, tiny black smudges.  They don't have any coloring on their bodies, just on their eyes and the end of their tails.  Most of them are still black, but s few are already growing and turning orange/white.  This is the cleanest my pond has ever been.  I think I might be getting the hang of ponding.

We have frogs!!!  Finally!  I have been waiting SO LONG for some frogs to find my pond.

There were 4 of them.  I took a lot of pictures.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Garden Update

The garden is growing.  Rain + Heat = Green!

Tibby (on the chair) and Catty check out the fish.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fruit Question

I've thought that this was a cherry tree for the last 3 years.  Am I wrong?
It grows like a cherry tree, has leaves like a cherry tree and bark like a cherry tree, but these are some BIG cherries!
This is the first year that it has had any fruit.

My finger for size comparison.

Next tree.  This is a plum tree.  It has had plums before, so I KNOW that is is a plum tree.

One of the 3 currant trees that I planted last year.  They are growing HUGE!

Finally apples on the apple trees.  Well, on one of the trees.  The other 2 still don't have any fruit on them. 
And that beautiful apricot tree with all the blooms?  Zero fruit.  Last year I had a few apricots even with all the fruit drop after the late freeze.  BUT I remembered to prune last year.  Next year.....