Toki has a penchant for rubbing against bike chains, rolling in pine sap, and sticking her nose in globs of tar when we’re not looking. When you have a curious puppy with a snow white coat, dealing with minor cleaning emergencies comes with the territory. But we have a secret weapon in this fight: Butter.
During one weekend of climbing and hiking near Mammoth Lakes, Toki came home covered in sticky patches of pine sap. With the dirt ground into the sticky mess, she resembled a spotted Dalmation more than anything else. We called the local groomers and were informed that yes, they could clean her, but their official policy was to cut away any hair that was covered in pine sap. We realized at that point that we were on our own.
After some internet research and trial and error, we found that butter broke down the pine sap and left her coat soft and smelling fragrantly of . . . butter. I spent an hour, kneeling in the tub, giving Toki a butter bath. Toki spent the hour licking. She never enjoyed her bathtime more.
If your dog gets into sap, tar, or other sticky stuff, try butter, peanut butter, or olive oil. Experiment, and don’t worry about your pup. I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.