I was surprised to learn that the most frequently asked question about the house had to do with the tiled room downstairs with the "sacrificial-altar-looking thing” in the middle of the room. Apparently the room generated a lot of dinner-party conversations all summer as folks speculated about the room (and the weird people who were building the house).
The room was built for the dogs. The "altar" is actually a combination shower and grooming table. A hand-held shower is attached to the front and there is a drain in the center.
Ellie sits patiently while we get everything together for grooming.
The table is just the right height for us to clean ears, brush teeth, trim nails, etc.
We always do Ellie first. Her hair is much thicker and longer, so it takes a bit more time. Fortunately, she is very patient.
Lucy’s coat is coarser than Ellie’s, and not as thick so grooming goes a little faster with her.
The pictures in the room are drawings of our former dogs, both Springer Spaniels.
Many people ask us how we manage two large shedding dogs. First, they fit our lifestyle very well. We are retired and healthy. We are happy to take them on long walks and take them on trails to run off-leash. We brush them every day. Three times a week we use a marvelous deshedding tool called the FURminator ®
I vacuum often, and thank heaven daily for Swiffer®