Here in Ithaca, we don’t have four seasons. We have three: snow, mud, and road construction.
My dog Honey and I are determined to make the most of the spring mud. Because it’s not only fun, it’s good for us.
Benefits of Mud
What most people don’t realize when they’re scrubbing mud from their kitchen floors or towelling off the dog is that mud has scientifically proven benefits.
- Eating mud strengthens your immune system.
- Mud is good for your complexion.
- Fleas flee from muddy fur.
- Mud softens dog toenails to make them easier to cut.
- Muddy dogs are more responsive to training.
Besides, it’s just plain fun.
Do you think people go to festivals for the music? Heck no! They go for the mud.
Making the Most of Mud
Honey and I are heading out to walk in the rain. Once we leave the sidewalk to walk along the creek bed, we should find plenty of mud.
We’ll play fetch with a muddy stick. We’ll roll in a puddle. And when we get home, we’ll have a piece of Mississippi Mud Pie (well, I’ll have the mud pie; Honey will have to be happy with a muddy tasting piece of liver).
Never be afraid to get dirty. After all, it’s good for the dog. And it’s good for you.
Your Turn: Do you and your dog enjoy mud? Or do you prefer mud-themed desserts while you look at the rain from inside?