I purchased a Mud Daddy and kept everything crossed that this would be perfect for cleaning up dogs after an off-lead walk.
Monday and a black Labrador provided the perfect chance to try out my new gadget.
Dodger found some mud to roll in. Thankfully not stinky, just muddy. On return to the van, I excitedly got the Mud Daddy out, already prefilled with water, and began the cleaning job.
How does the Mud Daddy work? It works using pressure. Basically you fill the container with water, pump it a couple of times and the water comes out of the attached brush. Simple.
I encountered my first problem; the Mud Daddy works with pressure it is essential to keep the container higher than the brush. Standing it on the floor was not an option. I had two choices: find something to stand it on or hold it. I choose to hold it with Dodger. He was very happy to stand and let me wash him so I didn't need a spare hand to hold him.
The Mud Daddy worked brilliantly. All the mud disappeared very quickly and I was happy to return a clean dog. I instantly loved my new toy!
I forgot to take a photo of Dodger, but on Thursday I had a chance to use it on a similar dog, Lacey, who had been rolling in something rather stinky and it worked a treat!
Back at the van, I retrieved the Mud Daddy and set to work. This time it wasn't as easy. Tilly was a bit wary of the brush so I had to hold her meaning I couldn't hold the container. After a bit of trial and error, I settled with placing the container on the floor of my van and washing Tilly on the pavement.
Again, I was very impressed. The water flow was strong enough to wash all the stinky muck off but not too strong to scare Tilly who was gradually getting used to the brush. Another clean dog returned.
Pip was slightly wary of the brush, so again I had to place the container on the van floor. I held onto Pip's collar but to begin with she was frightened. She kept pulling away which ended with the Mud Daddy clattering to the ground. Thankfully, it wasn't damaged. Gradually Pip got used to the brush and was quite enjoying the experience by the end.
However, Pip has thick curly hair. I scrubbed and scrubbed with the brush and although some mud came off, she still looked decidedly blacker than when I had collected her. I was running short on time so I had to give up and return Pip with a new hair colour. I think if I'd had shampoo to rub in, it might have got Pip clean but just the brush and water was not getting into her fur enough to make her clean. My Mud Daddy had failed!!!
As for cleaning dogs, if you have a short/smooth haired dog, then is a fabulous for quick clean ups before getting into your car or home and possibly even baths. If you have a longer, thicker haired dog, don't except your dog to be sparkling clean - they will still need a bath when they get home.
At least now I can return slightly cleaner, less stinky dogs after their walks but I'm still sticking by my motto of "a mucky dog is a happy dog".