Me: Okay Selby, I’m all done with work now. Let’s get you ready for summer by cutting your toenails and trimming the thick fur on the back of your legs.
Selby: Thanks Mama! You’re the best. That feels so much better!
Me: You’re welcome! Now hop in the tub Selby.
Selby: ARE YOU NUTS? That’s where you put dogs to give them baths.
Me: Yes I know. It’s time for your bath.
Selby: Baths mean water. You know I don’t like to get wet. I’m just going to lie down here instead.
Teah: Would you like some help lifting her into the tub?
Me: That would be great. One-two-three-lift. Thank you!
Selby: *sigh* Alright fine. You can give me a bath, but I will stand here and look pathetic until you’re done. That will teach you a lesson.
Me: Boy, that’s really making my job difficult. Well done Selby.
Selby: Are you mocking me?
Me: Maybe just a little.
Selby: Just for that, I am going to shake myself and get all this water on you too.
[Editor’s note: This is a series of conversations I wrote on my other blog last summer, when I brought Selby to work at the groomer’s with me.]