Well all right, human, I'll go and stand in that wading pool and endure that cruel ritual known as "Having A Bath." It's so humiliating, allowing you to pour warm water over me -- and the less said about that coconut-scented shampoo the better.
I really do not approve of your behavior in this matter, but I know how I'm supposed to act: German Shepherds are dignified, noble, and Do What Their Human Commands. Because that's what they do.
So I'll stand there in that stupid wading pool and get drenched, and shampooed, and rinsed off, but I'm going to make it a point of honor that I keep one leg outside the wading pool at all times. Just to let you know that I Do Not Approve of this.
I hear about people whose dogs have to be tied up and almost anesthetized before they'll get into a bathtub. I should feel lucky that I've only got a dog who will give me The Look before letting herself get covered in suds.
She really did need the bath. The vet told me to bathe her frequently, as it will help with the itchy skin problems caused by her allergies. And I really don't see it was such a terrible hardship, for all she thought otherwise.
So ... if I'm being such a good owner, why do I feel guilty? The air temperature was over 90 degrees out there, and the water in the shallow wading pool was definitely on the warm side (I'd say 70 degrees). It felt pleasant when I stepped in it. Plus she got a couple treats out of the deal.
Still, I feel like a mean human.