Washing 3 dogs, a chute and a car

On Thursday I booked the day off work to look after Reuben and Joshua while Jane enjoyed the day at a local hotel spa. It was a birthday present from her family… last year!

Jane’s mum took Isaac, in case you were wondering.

This is a brief insight into what the boys got up to at home…

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The first thing we did was to wash Copper, the dog from the Disney film The Fox and the Hound. He was filthy!

And of course we couldn’t just wash Copper: Tod the fox plus Blue Dog and Blue Dog also got washed.

(Why do we have two blue dogs? Because we’ve got twins and sometimes you just can’t get away with buying one of something! So we have the Thomson and Thompson of cuddly dogs.)

And of course we couldn’t just wash Copper, Tod, Blue Dog and Blue Dog. I turned round from having squeezed out the last drops of water from Blue Dog and discovered…

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Reuben and Joshua were busy scrubbing down the chute in the garden! (And just in case you’re wondering, that’s not an iron that Joshua is using—it’s a scrubbing brush.)

Of course we couldn’t just wash Copper, Tod, Blue Dog, Blue Dog and the chute. The car also got washed. With Reuben in it. While it was moving.

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And then the shed got washed too.

And the fence.

And remarkably neither of them got soaked! I was wetter than they were by the time we went in for lunch.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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