My dog, the dingleberry ninja

Real talk here, dog parents…

My dog Izzie, no matter how many times you check her hind end, is as stealth as a ninja when it comes to sneaking in the house with a dingleberry.

Dingleberry My dog, the dingleberry ninja

And by way of definitions, I am using the first definition above. And yes, it IS vulgar.

What causes dingleberries? Heck if I know. She doesn’t have accidents in the house (thank goodness), but rather, these are just little remnants of her visit outside.

We make a point to check her hind end each and every time she goes out. Then sometimes much later, we realize there is a little dried up dingleberry in her fur, or one that has dropped off onto the carpet. The dry ones aren’t bad, to be honest. It’s something I’ve learned to deal with as a pet parent. But when you are all ready to go to sleep and realize the dog is sitting on your bed squishing a fresh dingleberry into her fur AND your sheets? Those times are not so fun. And those are the times I hear my husband start a sentence with “your dog….”

I decided to take one for the team, and hit up Google to see what I could find out about dealing with dingleberries.

Google Dingleberries My dog, the dingleberry ninja

Full disclosure, I didn’t peruse all 881,000 results, and I definitely didn’t click the images button, but in the few entries I chose to look at, I found nothing most dog parents don’t already know.

  • Trim your dog’s hair short around its nether regions. (We do that, always.)
  • Make sure the dog has long enough to eliminate and it isn’t still going when you take it inside. (Uh, I think I know enough to not drag my dog inside while it’s still going.)
  • Make sure your dog isn’t picking up stool other than its own in its fur. (Say what? How is this even possible?)

So the solution to living with a dingleberry ninja?

Realize that sometimes having and loving a dog is fun and rainbows and sprinkles and sunshine; and sometimes it’s cleaning crap out of your dog’s fur, and picking up the occasional dried poo ball off your carpet.

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  • annstaub

    Lol… luckily my dog has short fur. I’ve dealt with many a client’s dogs who had dingleberry probs though… My best tip would be to shave their butts. That’s what we always did. Works good on cats too!

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Good tip. Her hair IS fairly short around her hind end. Any shorter, she’d look like a baboon – minus the red part. 🙂

  • Life In The Dog Lane

    Oh my gosh, this is hilarious – because it’s so true! Way to go and thanks for the laughs!

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Thanks! 881,000 results on Google tell me I’m not the only person with a dog that gets dingleberries.

  • KolchakPuggle

    Felix is especially skilled at collecting dingleberries. His problem seems to be that anytime he has a “dangler” is you know what I mean, he scoots his butt through it to try to get it off faster. He doesn’t realize he’s actually mashing it into his hind end. (At least I hope he doesn’t realize. Maybe he’s a freak and that what he’s into. I need to get that boy some therapy.) at any rate, we have a comb at the back door sacred to the purpose of combing out Felix’s back door. (It’s clearly labelled “Felix’s Butt Comb”…now. There may or may not have been an incident.

    • http://www.dogsplendor.com/ Stefanie

      Hahaha! Glad that comb is labeled….now. I might try the comb idea!

  • http://www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/ SUGAR: Golden Woofs

    Golden LAUGHS! Lately no DingleBerry … had it when I ate some not so good stuffs in our yard. Golden Thanks and Happy Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  • beaglesbargains

    hahaha fortunately short haired Luna has never had this problem (knock on wood), but this was great to read and now I am prepared!!

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