Maybe This Is How Discoveries Are Made

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103

My plans yesterday changed on a dime when I was brushing my little dog, Ruby.  Because she has long hair, half the yard debris winds up in my house on a daily basis.  She had just come in with the others from her early morning jaunt when I started picking through her copious coat.  I found the usual offenders, the sticks, the leftover falloff from the oak tree that sits close to my back door and generalized junk.  Then I saw a tiny, skinny, light brown thing that I was about to reach for when it moved.  I did a double take, thinking at first that my eyes had to be playing a trick on me.  Nope, it was definitely there.

I've had dogs all my adult life and never, up to now, had I seen a flea.  I worried this might be one and ran to my friends on the dog forum I moderate for expert opinions.  Now, mind you, I only saw one, but I was not going to risk an infestation so I filled my kitchen sink with Dawn detergent and water.  I'd read about this a few years ago and made it my dish washing detergent of choice back then . . . just in case.

I quickly loaded my little girl into the bath, covering her over and over again in the sudsy water.  When I convinced myself it was likely that the little bugger, whatever it was, was no longer, I rinsed her off and began the tedious grooming process. 

I should tell you I've bought the most expensive shampoos and conditioners recommended for the profuse coats of the Havanese from the start.  Never, in the four years I've had them have I felt that any of them really cleaned the dogs completely.  Maybe in all fairness it was me and I was doing something wrong.  They always looked just a little bit grungy to me within days of their home spa days.  When Ms. Ruby was brushed and blown dry, her red hair sparkled and shone, like sun on a diamond.  Her hair was silky soft and beautiful.  She was squeaky clean.

Now mind you, my intention is not to make this my shampoo of choice, but it will be in the line-up for every third or fourth bath.  Maybe it was the Olay in it to keep our hands soft, maybe something else, but I think I accidentally discovered a great fifty cent shampoo.  Who'da thought? 

Oh, and btw, it probably wasn't a flea after all.

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Kim Inman
Mountains to Lakes Real Estate, Inc. - Harriman, TN
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Geri...I've never heard of Dawn dishwashing liquid being a good doggie shampoo. Thanks for the tidbit of information. I may have to use that next time Stella's due a bath.

Jun 01, 2011 09:31 PM #1
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Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

What a beautiful baby. She is so cute and I think it was a great idea about the dawn.

Jun 01, 2011 09:37 PM #2
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Kim - The Dawn detergent was actually recommended to kill fleas.  I did it for that and found an accidental benefit.

Jun 01, 2011 09:39 PM #3
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Debra - I had to laugh when I saw how incredible she looked and felt.

Jun 01, 2011 09:42 PM #4
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Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
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Geri:  I've got a lab that loves to get into every creek and mud puddle she sees.  I'll pick up some Dawn to see how it works on her...is it supposed to be a tick deterrant, too?

Jun 01, 2011 10:57 PM #5
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Kristen, I'm not sure about ticks, but this is what someone wrote to me on the forum

Dish detergent will do the trick, but it's MUCH better to buy a flea shampoo. The way the dish soap works - fleas actually respirate (breathe) through their skin. The dish soap is really thick and slimy, so it clogs their pores and suffocates them.

All I can say is she's soooo soft and clean.  Bear it mind though, this Dawn has Olay in it.  Might make a difference.  Not sure.  Worth a try though.  Just be sure to rinse and rinse to get it all out.  Let me know if it works.

Jun 01, 2011 11:08 PM #6
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Geri,

Ms. Ruby is a beauty queen and her eyes are gorgeous... they just make you melt.  I'm so glad that what ever it was is now gone and Ms. Ruby won't be bothered by it.

Great tip about the Dawn Detergent... I would have never thought.  Thanks for letting us all know...  I will be sure to pick some up!!!

Jun 02, 2011 03:52 AM #7
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

What a sweetie - she's gorgeous!  I love that she seems to be a 'tom boy' instead of a princess too, lol   When I was growing up, my Mother washed my hip length hair always with Sunlight Dishwashing detergent and then rinsed it with white vinegar.  In looking back at photos, I am still amazed at how beautiful my hair was; the condition and shine of it.  I'm thinking you and my Mother are on to something here :0)

PS I don't think I ever had fleas either, LOL

Jun 02, 2011 08:04 AM #8
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Kim Carnes
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Carnes Home Inspections - Indianapolis Metro Area and beyond -

Very cute

The best products aren't always the best.

Jun 02, 2011 08:10 AM #9
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Linda - she is beautiful, though it's sometimes hard to see through all the dirt and debris she manages to attract like a magnet.

Susan - She is indeed a tomboy and finds all kinds of ways to get the boys in trouble, but then there's this innocent look . . .

You just reminded me of my shampoos with soap when I was a little girl.  I'd forgotten all about it.  Memories are funny, it just triggered another memory of standing in line in ballet class, behind a little girl who was shorter than I was and always smelling her deliciously scented hair.  I can still conjure up that aroma to this day.

Jun 02, 2011 08:20 AM #10
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Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Kim - A truer word was never spoken.

Jun 02, 2011 08:21 AM #11
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Pat Haddad
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel IN Real Estate Expert

Geri--Thank goodness you will not have a flea epidemic!  Here in Indiana, we have to give our pets flea and heartworm medication year round.  It is expensive and I worry about the long term effects of 'poisoning' by babies.  I would much rather use dish detergent! Cute, cute pictures.

Jun 04, 2011 12:59 PM #12
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Debbie Walsh
Keller Williams Realty - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000

So glad it was not fleas!  What a beautiful baby!

Jun 19, 2011 01:56 PM #13
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