Shetland Sheepdogs, or Shelties as they as they are better known, are fascinating little dogs. As the AKC puts it, the Sheltie “. . . is essentially a working Collie in miniature. A rough-coated, longhaired working dog, he is alert, intensely loyal and highly trainable and is known as a devoted, docile dog with a keen sense of intelligence and understanding. Agile and sturdy, the Sheltie is one of the most successful obedience breeds, but also excels in agility, herding and conformation. The coat can be black, blue merle or sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.”
The thing about Shelties is . . . They got HAIR, baby! Lots and lots and LOTS of hair!
And, of course, when said Shelties live with you and sleep in your bed, they are often the quite begrudging recipients of baths. Oh, don’t get me wrong. They are never ill-tempered about it. It is more (HUGE sigh) . . Awwwww, Mooooommmmmm… do we Gotta?!?!?!
Maggie had her bath this morning. She is getting quite up there in years, and isn’t always as continent as we either would like. She always knows when she needs her bath, and is never grumpy about it, but she is, shall we say, rather resigned to the situation. As you can see from her face: