Faucet Fun

I have a great Corgi. He loves to whip around the yard in a frenzy, running around in concentric circles on a moment’s notice. It’s fine with me, except after I have just watered the lawn and he comes into the house a muddy mess. Not to worry. I have a place to bathe him downstairs in the utility room. There is a large laundry sink and pull-down faucet that I bought from FinestFaucets.com that accommodates him quite well.

I was sure he would hate the flood of water and erratic spray, but he seems okay with the rainy day ritual. The ergonomics of the thing are just right. He fits into the sink with a few inches to spare, settling down for a nice warm soak. The high-arch gooseneck spout on this faucet from Kohler will not puncture his soft hide and the rotating spray head adjusts to his needs. The amount of caked on mud dictates the setting. You can get a sprinkle or a forceful blade of water. I think it uses some kind of magnetic force. No matter, it works. Getting the right water temperature is a breeze with touch control. As you can tell, I got this gadget for this one purpose. I spent a tidy sum to indulge in an angled nozzle and ceramic disc valves. Mineral build-up is not an issue in my basement.

The cat, on the other hand, stares in awe. There is no way she will join the Corgi in this hideous exercise. She cleans herself and is dismissive of any manual assistance. Dogs need extra human loving care. They even look forward to it. However, I have seen her watch warily out of the corner of an eye lest she be forced to make it a communal effort. She could avoid the sight altogether, but there is some kind of morbid curiosity at work. She is often there.

The Corgi has also been known to shake off excess water after his rinse. If the cat is nearby, so much the better. He will inch closer if need be, slowly enough to be undetected. She has been caught one too many times, however, and I expect retaliation shortly. So far so good.

I also have a female Corgi who doesn’t particularly like to luxuriate in a sink environment. This one is hosed off outside with the help of a bucket and sponge. Her hatred is great enough that she will avoid the muddy lawn spots on purpose. To each his own: every dog has his or her preferences and they seldom match.

If you don’t have a specialty faucet, you can make do; but be sure the metal surface is covered so it will not harm your pet. A dog will squirm and wiggle and can easily become hurt with one wrong move. Mine has been a godsend during the rainy season and does double duty for rinsing boots and other gear. There are quite a few options so a little research online will help you make a good choice.