Give The Dog A Bath

Most of the time Ruby Sue is a sweet little girl. Although her need for attention sometimes gets on my last nerve. Ruby thinks she’s got to be right in the center of whatever’s going on in the Blind Pig house. Until…she hears the word bath.

Dogs hate baths

Ruby Sue becomes a mean little girl the instant she hears the bath word. She tries her very best to disappear behind or under something and is very disagreeable with whoever tries to remove her.

Sometimes I put the task of giving Ruby Sue a bath off on Chatter and Chitter who dislike the chore almost as much as Ruby dislikes the bath.

Recently The Pressley Girls used their dislike of bathing the dog as inspiration to write a song: Give The Dog A Bath.

We’re all huge fans of The Smothers Brothers and this catchy little tune reminds me of them. I must warn you-you’ll be singing it in your head for the rest of the day if you watch the video.

Hope you enjoyed the song!


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    Paula Rhodarmer
    June 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Tipper, that was the cutest song. Your girls are so creative and talented! I have a dog much like Ruby Sue, so that picture of her hiding pulled at my heartstrings.

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    June 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Fabulous! We knew Chitter and Chatter sang like angels and were pretty as a picture, but now we see they’re very clever songwriters too! Give The Dog a Bath is relatable, funny and one of the catchist tunes I’ve ever heard! I have to wonder though, does Ruby Sue react to the word bath being sung as well as spoken?

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    Rev. RB
    June 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Cute song, shares their shagrin at having to bath the dog quite clearly. LOL
    Bro Tom gives his dog Buddy a bath every single Sunday, weather permitting. He’s done this since he first got the dog, and the dog has learned to really love it. We have a long black rubber hose outside that warms up as the sun hits it, so Buddy gets a nice warm bath. The cats don’t much care for baths, but they get them once a month anyway. You’re gonna sit on my furniture, you’re going to have a regular bath. PERIOD! LOL
    God bless.

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    June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    We had a Maltese/poodle that also hated baths. He not only hid when someone said,”bath”, he learned to ‘spell’. My wife could say, “Someone needs a b a t h or I see a c a t, and he would hide on the first and get excited and start looking for it on the second. He hated cats more than baths.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    June 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Tipper: Those girls are very creative and enthusiastic! Their talents are unlimited! As far as I know we NEVER gave our dog a bath. And he NEVER liked it when we would have to cross a creek to get home – and he got wet!
    Eva Nell
    p.s. Tomorrow I present to a bookclub group of ladies – sharing info about “The Matheson Cove” as well as “Fiddler of the Mountains” book!

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    Jane Bolden
    June 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Like the song!! Haven’t heard it before. Ruby Sue couldn’t decide if she could relax. Terriers are very smart.

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    June 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve watched and enjoyed this song
    many times, and when it went off,
    I found a couple other songs I hadn’t heard before.
    Ruby Sue looks just like a little
    boy dog I use to have. I called him Little Bit. He could pull your heart strings at times, but he could be a handful when things didn’t go his way. That is a precious shot of Ruby Sue under the bed…Ken

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    June 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Loved the song!! Years ago we got a flea infestation & couldn’t afford trips to a groomer for our three cats to be bathed. Had to to it several times as well as having the house sprayed. Our old cat, Miss Priss, seemed to enjoy the warm water spray. (I put them in the kitchen sink on a towel.) But the other two, Harvey & Lucy, born on my back porch, were like coiled steel. Harvey, especially was a big, strong boy & he would eye the upper cabinet the entire time hoping to get a chance to spring up there & escape. Had to keep a FIRM grip on his back with one hand and wash with the other.
    Each of these kitties lived for 16 yrs & were greatly loved.
    We’ve also had to bathe our kittens who both turned up as strays & were too young for the treatments now available. Talk about looking like poor little drowned rats!

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    June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hi girls,4th time i’ve played it and the smile wont leave my face.Great way to start my day! God Bless Jean

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    Sharon Schuster
    June 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Sassy acts like Ruby Sue, but being a Saint Bernard-Australian Shepherd cross, she has a few pounds on your pup. When Sassy puts on the breaks, there’s no moving dead weight toward a tub or hose. After a decade of co-existence, my canine best friend has resigned herself to being lead at a gallop to jump into the pond during the summer months. The rest of the year she enjoys wading in Burleson Creek which just wets her belly in places – so she’s half clean. I read a vet’s article that said there are some dogs, especially farm dogs like ours, that never take a bath – and that’s ok. Doesn’t do much for her fragrance, but she prefers to be outside most of the time. Rolliing in the snow, wallowing in grass and wading in the creek help with that. Also, after a rain, I take the opportunity to wipe her down with paper towels – that’s a pretty good technoque for removing the dirt. She’s my best pal and very loyal. I’m a dog person through and through.Couldn’t pass through life without at least one big dog at my side.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This just proves that the inspiration for a song lies in almost any occurrence we’re apt to experience! “Give the Dog a Bath!” is not only cute, catchy and singable–but memorable, too! Congratulations, Chitter and Chatter for your creativity! Ruby Lee will certainly be remembered as the dog that inspired the cutest song!

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    b. Ruth
    June 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Love the post and the girls new song.
    All we have to do here is say, You are stinky and off he goes.
    If you ask him if he wants a bath he takes off as well…
    But he sure shows off after he is dried and brushed…We have a Shih-tzu and he is pitiful when wet!
    I don’t know exactly what that dog gets into when we go outside, whether it is deer ? or other animal scent but he stinks sometimes…LOL
    Yep, I’ll be singing that song all day!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS You haven’t lived until you give my Fluffy (our big IT Cat) a bath. It takes both of us to get the job complete…You’d think he was dying!

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    June 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Sweet song, love the back and forth especially (“Is that normal?”). I used to have a pit bull named Lucy, and she hated baths. But she was a good girl and apparently forgetful, because every time I lured her into the bathroom (and the only time I did was to bathe her) she would walk in cheerfully and willingly. Then I’d close the door and ask her to get in the tub, and she’d remember. But she didn’t fight it; she’d just hang her head like The Saddest Dog On Earth and resignedly climb into the tub. And then endure the bath patiently, all the while staring woefully at me with those sad puppy dog eyes.
    But back to Ruby Sue: when you bathe her, do you have standing water in the tub? I’ve read that it’s best not to because standing in water can make animals insecure and thus VERY resistant to baths. It’s worth a try! (I stand my pups in the bathtub with the drain open, and then use the hand-shower head to wet them and rinse them. They hate it, but they don’t fight.)

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    Ron Banks
    June 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Great job girls! I love the song and yes, I think I will be singing it all day. Ruby Sue sounds a lot like our dog Frankie. He is a Dachshund and absolutely hates taking a bath. We do not say the word bath where he can hear it or he is off like a shot under the bed and just out of arms reach. We have learned to just sneak up on him and snatch him up. He will be mad the rest of the day. When he’s mad he will tip over the bathroom trash can and rip all the tissue paper into tiny bits. Like people, he has some issues but we love him anyway.

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    Bob and Inez Jones
    June 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Salute to Chitter and Chatter!!! Can’t tell you when we have enjoyed a song so much! Made us laugh. Very inventive with the words and putting it to music. Keep them coming girls ’cause we are listening. Yes, I think it will be hummed a lot today-give the dog a bath, give the dog a bath,hmmmm…..

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Funny and why I have cats. Love the song.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    What a cute song! Of course Ruby Sue is a cute dog but she really does not like a bath. I’ve never seen a dog respond so negatively to the word ‘bath’. There is no doubt she knows exactly what the word id and she wants no part of it.
    As usual the girls did a very nice job. Seems that how they are adding songwriting to their resume in addition to singing and playing several instruments!
    Go Girls!!

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    Canned Quilter
    June 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Love it! I just had my own daughter bathe my two scotties yesterday. Although they do not bite during the bath it is still a chore. Not sure who to feel sorrier for the girls or Ruby Sue : )

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    June 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

    That’s a great way to work up the energy needed to give the bath. Of course, the song does give fair warning to Ruby Sue. Either way the song has shown its need. Oh, my cat runs under the king sized bed, in the middle, up against the wall, when she realizes we are taking her to FL or vice-versa. Oh, well, how we love our animals!

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    June 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I bet if The Wicked Witch of The West were here she would have said, “I really loved the song my pretties and your little dog too!!” And as for those red shoes she has on, GIVE THEM BACK, GIVE THEM BACK! LOL

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