The Muddy Paws

Some dogs like water.

Other dogs, not so much.

We have two dogs. While they both enjoy running around like crazy monkeys, one of them is much better about staying clean than the other.

I suspect it’s because Calvin, the clean dog, fully understands the implications of getting muddy.

If he gets covered in mud, he will be washed. Calvin does not like to be washed.


Just as an example, this is the face he might give in regards to bath time.

Boo, in contrast, loves to get bathed. She comes over to the water when called and stares at you with adoring eyes and smiling bulldog mouth as you douse her with warm water.

This would be an example of the smiling bulldog mouth.


We’ve had a rainy few days (which is wonderful for our planted fields), and last night Calvin and Boo were out prowling on the same muddy driveway. Like so.


Watching them is like watching two opposite roles in an uncoordinated, exuberant dance.

Calvin delicately trots along, taking care to avoid the puddles. He rarely breaks out in top speed, unless he sees an unsuspecting squirrel or rabbit. They are usually hiding among the grass, so this doesn’t bother his keep-clean scheme too much.

Boo, as subtle as a bulldog, lopes along in an unwieldy gallop. She digs her claws in for extra traction as she takes tight turns at lightning speed, and every so often she slows to jump and bob around in circles of pure delight.

Everyday she runs like she’s been cooped up for months. Wet or dry, it doesn’t make any difference to her.

I think she actually prefers to run in the mud because she knows it guarantees a bath. (Occasionally there’s a limit to her love of water if she’s getting too many baths when it’s cold out.)




Calvin’s white paw is even clean except for a small bit of mud between his toes.

Boo doesn’t have time to bother with things like clean when there’s fun to be had!

It’s a good thing for her, as she takes another gallop around the lawn, that it’s hard to see dirt in an action shot.


I still haven’t quite figured out if Calvin avoids mud because he understands he will get washed, or if he just dislikes being covered in the wet, slimy mud to begin with.

Either way, it has to be a pretty exciting wild animal chase to cause him to tear through the mud.

Though they may be opposites in some ways, these two certainly make a good pair.

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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6 Responses to The Muddy Paws

  1. Great pictures of your dogs! They’re so cute. Both of our dogs hate water and getting dirty. Which is fine with me because we rarely have to deal with the mess then!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Our dogs love to get dirty but my dad’s dog (who lives on a farm) never ventures out into the water or mud with them. She just won’t get dirty but she will get soaking wet if it’s raining and it’s time for her to make her rounds to check out the property. Who knows why dogs do what they do?!

  3. Terzah says:

    I loved this post! I really want a dog. One more year of renting and then…..

    • Lisa says:

      They are pretty fun. Certainly they take lots of time & teaching, but not as much as kids. 🙂 As a mom of twins I’m pretty certain a dog will be easy as pie for you.

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