“Chester, let’s take bath”
“Chester, chung leong lo”
“Chester, chang chui lo”
Upon hearing these 4 little words (doesn’t matter in English or Cantonese or Hokkien) he’ll start off with wagging his lovely bushy tail. Wush wush wishhh… Then he’ll follow me around while I grab his bathing stuff: towel (deer-skin), shampoo and brush.
To tell you the truth, I hate bathing him. He needs about 3 hours or more to dry completely. Nope, I couldn’t leave him alone outside. He’ll lie down on the floor… eeee dirty la.
Funny thing is Chester loves water during bathing time ONLY. Other than that, he’ll try to ignore any water game as much as possible. Golden retrievers are renowned for their love of water… but my golden? Weird la. Hmm at least he allows me to wash his 4 paws after our daily stroll. And just recently he disregarded the pouring rain because he was on a ‘Must Catch Rat’ mission. The mission was unsuccessful but he came back in feeling satisfied. How do I know? I read from his body language lo. 🙂
Okay another reason I don’t like to bath him is that he loves to lick shampoo foam. No matter how loud or piercing I yell he’ll continue to lick everywhere… from his paws, his body, my hand, shampoo cap, brush. Aiyoyooo I look like a mad lady.
After bath, I don’t towels dry him immediately. He’ll need to ‘shake his bon-bon’ (shake body to get water off) before I can award him THE TOWEL because he loves to bite it. GRRRrrrr… Well, actually he mastered the command ‘shake your bon-bon’ because I used his towel to
threaten tempt him last time. No shake bon-bon then no towel munching. Hehe
Nowadays we don’t bath him very often (weekly). It’s more like every fortnight or umphh hehehe every month! Our reasoning is that we don’t want to wash off his fur’s natural oil ma but actually we’re lazy. And we always blame the bad weather because if it’s cloudy or less sunny then we’ll tell him “Chester no sun la. So next week we chang chui ok?”
His heart must’ve been broken into a million pieces but he has never showed us that. Instead he smiles cheerfully at us. 💋