Mud Therapy

A mud bath is good for the body & spirit

Today I had a bit of a scare. I admit, I do scare easily. Here’s what happened, Melly and Rick trapped me in the house and forced me into my harnesses (you’ll recall that I have to wear TWO, which is twice as lame). I was soooo worried that they were going to take me back to the vet! I do not want to go back there! Not today, not tomorrow, not next week, not never!

After I had my harnesses on, Melly and Rick forced me to get into the car! That stupid car took me to the vet last time I got in it and I sure did not want to do that again! I put up a valiant struggle but when Rick got in first, I had to follow him. I like to think Rick wouldn’t lead me into danger, that Melly is the one who hates me so much that she makes me go to the vet, but I have to admit that Rick was with us when we went there last time. Still, I can’t let Rick leave me behind.

The good news is that we didn’t go to the vet! We went to PetsMart, where the pets art! That’s bad enough but it is 1,000,000 times better than going to the vet, and not so far either. There were dogs at PetsMart. I don’t like that because dogs scare me (but not as much as the vet scares me). I kept my nose on the back of Rick’s knee and pretended I didn’t see them. There are no dogs! There are no dogs! That’s what I said to myself. The power of positive thinking and all that. Only I guess that was negative thinking because I was thinking about there not being any dogs.

We went straight to the back of the store and I got on the scale. Melly and Rick were talking about how much weight I must have lost since I haven’t been eating well. Five pounds? Ten pounds? Would I be too emaciated for the dental work they want to do? (Hope so!) Only guess what! I didn’t lose any weight! In fact, I weighed five pounds more than I did when I was at the vet, a nice round 120 lbs! I must say, I carry my weight well.

When we got home, Melly and Rick took me into one of the back pastures, the one with no horses in it, to see if I wanted to graze on the measly grass that is growing there. Honestly, there wasn’t even enough to notice. Sometimes I wish it would rain because I would like to see this “fresh, green grass” they speak of.

But Melly had a hose out there to water the nothing that was growing. I don’t know if you know this, but if you take bare earth with nothing growing and add water, you get MUD! Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

I hear that sometimes humans pay loads of money to take mud baths. I don’t have to pay, which is lucky, but whatever you do have to pay, it is worth it! Oh, how I love a good roll in the mud!

Ode to Mud

Squish, squirm, smash up some worms!
Cover me with cool slimy mud!
Squiggle, squabble, can’t put in a bottle,
The joy that I feel as it churns!

Let me share my mud with you

I came over to Melly to share my mud because for some weird reason she didn’t want to roll with me. Instead of showing the proper appreciation, she warded me off using the holder for my leash. Humans, who can understand them?

My green pool two days ago

After my roll in the mud, we went back into the yard. In order for me to get my harnesses off, I have to get into my little green pool. The photo above shows me enjoying the green pool a couple of days ago.

My green pool today

Do you see what my green pool looks like now? Are you proud of me? I am super proud of me! I transferred all of that mud from the pasture to my pool on my own body! Believe you me, that takes some talent! Sadly, even though the pool looks pretty muddy, it does not have the oozy, squishiness that makes a mud roll so pleasant. It still feels pretty much like regular water.

In my big pool

Melly won’t let me get into my big pool until I am all clean…unless I can sneak by her. Today I could not sneak by. I guess it is kind of nice to be able to see where I am swimming.

16 comments to Mud Therapy

  • Tammy

    Gari,
    It looks like you had a fun filled day buddy! So darn glad you are feeling much better too:) Melly is not being mean to you when she takes you to the vet. She wants the very best for you because that is what a mommy does….take care of our babies:) You give mommy a big kiss and be a good boy!

  • alex

    Looks like you had a really good day today! One thing that bothers me is about your weight: could it be that extra poop inside? I am afraid to ask questions about it.

  • Laurie Coppola

    Wonderful about the weight, but truly special that you transported all that mud right on you!!! Ooh, do it often enough, and the little pool will become a mud wallow :) :) :) I really do like that extra five pounds, and yes, you wear it fabulously :)

  • Stephanie Labbate

    Great posting today, Gari! I laughed a lot! We do have to share the planet w/ dogs — some of them aren’t so bad. The mud bath sounds mah-velous.

  • Mil

    What a wonderful post, Gary! So glad you are feeling better, and getting back to your usual activities. And, so happy to again be getting info straight from the capy’s mouth!

  • Barbie salapek

    I’m glad you got to roll in the mud & get ur pool dirty it looks like a fun day!

  • Cold mud isn’t as nice as warm mud, but what we lack in temperature we make up for in quantity! My whole back yard is muddy! Plus, I never have to get clean before I come into the house, because I am Prince Dobalob, and I do anything I want to do!

  • I am so pleased to hear that you haven’t lost weight Gari. :)

    It looks as if you had a lovely time in the mud too! :D I’m glad my Saph (the cat) doesn’t like to roll in the mud! :D

    Glad you’re feeling better <3

  • Nancy Piccirilli

    Gari,
    Butternut (who looks just like you) and all the Guineapigs of Rhode Island send you their love. Get well soon!

  • Kathryn

    A beautiful day for a beautiful boy :)

  • Kim

    Hooray! What a fun day. Sorry about the puppies at the PetSmart, but honestly they’re just more curious than anything. My dog Megan would be VERY curious about you, I’m sure. She’s a very silly beast and likes to sniff everybody. The mud looks lovely, and you look lovely in it. I hope you’ve been eating and pooping like a good bura!

  • Beverly Boher

    I’m glad you feel better Gari!! You wear mud well!

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    My, my Gari you look like your having a ball. Wish I was there with you rolling in the mud together. I would really do it. Mud is good for you. I don’t know about smashing worms, ugh! I’ll let you do that part. I am so glad your feeling better. Keep up the good work, with Melly’s help and you’ll be as good as new. Lot’s of love,XXXXXXXX Ann Bednarek

  • Cheryl

    Sorry, haven’t checked my mail in a few days. I am so glad that Gari is pooping and enjoyed his mud bath. Crossing my fingers that he continues as he is till he goes back to the vet for his teeth. Gari keep up the good work.

  • BettyMc

    Gari! I can tell you are feeling much better! Your mommy loves you — how nice of her to bring you to the mud!

  • [...] is why Melly brought me out here, to see this grass. You’ll recall that in my Mud Therapy post I said that the ground in the back pasture was barren. Well, Melly has actually been watering [...]

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