The other night — right before bed, of course — Mingus came back in the house with (ugh) dog poo on his foot. Yes, our dog had stepped in dog poo. It was a bittersweet moment of poetic justice… and it was also super gross. Why can’t dogs keep themselves clean? Despite all the self-licking (ugh) they do, bathtime is an inevitability. I’ve found that shampoo bars make for quick and easy dog washing, and I’m eager to try Clean Canine dog soap from Molly Muriel. It’s formulated with essential oils (like peppermint, tea tree, and rose geranium) that naturally repel fleas and ticks, as well as shea butter, castor oil, and oatmeal to condition skin and coat. All-natural ingredients make it gentle yet effective, and it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Order from Molly Muriel or Etsy.