Coco the Self-Cleaning Dog


This is what Coco looks like when she goes out in the rain and the mud and the muck.
Her face is the only white spot left. Sometimes people ask me how we keep her clean. I did give her a bath once. She was still a puppy and she still fit in the laundry sink.

The first time she got really muddy, mucky, dirty when she was too big to fit in the laundry sink, I thought, that’s it, she’s going to be a filthy dog from now on. You can’t have a white dog on a farm with a creek and a river and lotsa mud and expect anything else.

Then we found out she was self-cleaning.

She gets dirty, then she goes to sleep, and while she’s sleeping, the dirt just falls off. I’m not sure where it goes, but it goes.

That picture above? The next morning, she looked like this.
It’s a miracle! Alert the media! I have a magic dog!


  1. CindyP says:

    The Mighty Coco!

    I’m thinking that must be one dirty blanket!!! hehehe

  2. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    I can’t believe I’m up! I usually hold on to my pillow until Emma (the cat, my boss) starts jumping on me and patting my face around 9. But I’m moving to Iowa soon and I lay awake thinking of all the things I need to do. So of course I came here, and was so happy to see beautiful Coco featured! She’s better than a self-cleaning oven. My gosh, she’ll soon be a year old! Are you planning a big farm birthday party for her? Will Clover and the sheep wear tiaras? :sheep: :sheepjump: :heart:

  3. Winifred says:

    She’s a beauty! Very photogenic. A definite Calendar Girl!

  4. Barbara says:

    Coco is beautiful. What kind of dog is she? This is my first visit and I am seeing we have animals in common. Anxious to read some of your post.

  5. Carol says:

    Hi, Shelley sent me over. You have a beautiful dog ♥

  6. Jan @ Greensboro Daily Photo says:

    That same miracle comes to mind with self cleaning ovens!

    Your posts make it seem like farm life in West Virginia is not just “almost” heaven but this it IS heaven! We enjoy your posts so much.

  7. Mental P Mama says:

    Can she come teach my house?

  8. Dawn says:

    Stop, stop, stop. You are making me want another dog. And I don’t need another one, especially a shedding one. You’ve just gotta quit showing cute, inviting, friendly looking, lamb-loving pictures of this dog!

  9. Cathy the Doggy Mom says:

    Ooh, would she come to Virginia Beach & teach my 4 dogs that trick???

  10. The Retired One says:

    She is very cute!
    She has as much fur as the goats..maybe you could shear her? hahaaaaa

  11. Julie says:

    I too have 2 magic dogs!!They get nasty!! And then magically get clean looking again as do the fainting goats! :sheepjump: :sheepjump:

  12. Lisa P says:

    Does the snow help clean her up? I can’t imagine ever trying to bathe a dog that big!

  13. Cece says:

    Wow, that is amazing. I wish they were all self-cleaning. LOL


  14. Kara S says:

    LOL! I had the exact same thing happen Thurs night / Friday morning! Our dogs self cleaned! Our black and white collie mix came in Thursday night with not a speck of white on her (before photos are on my blog). She walked back out of the laundry room Friday morning looking clean as ever, not like she romped through the local mud hole the day before. And, no, she didn’t take a spin in the washer overnight. LOL I did a double-take Friday morning and scratched my head wondering where the filth went. Then I discovered that she left me a nice pile of dirt to sweep up, but I’ll take a pile of dirt any day over having to give a dog bath. Hooray for self-cleaning!!! Must be a W.Va. dog thing.

  15. Miz Robyn says:

    We have two Great Pyrs (George and Gracie), and I always tell my husband their fur must be made of Teflon – it’s amazing how they can look so horribly dirty and the next thing you know, they’re clean and white!

  16. Leslie says:

    The top picture of Coco is how my Golden Retriever Cody looks 90% of the time. We gave him a bath one time and he immediatly went and found the nastiest mud puddle he could and rolled around really good. I think he likes to be dirty. Wish he was self cleaning and grooming. Coco is adorable!

  17. trish says:

    I love Coco. The attitude is “not another picture”!!! lol

  18. Kaye Manro says:

    LOL! this is so funny. But I know sometimes cats too seem to self clean. My cat with the white paws does that it. His muddy paws are somehow magically clean!

  19. Brenda Kula says:

    Well, you surely do! Better figure out what it is and run to the patent office!

  20. tillie says:

    you definately need to take that show on the road!!

  21. Leah says:

    Coco’s a girle girl she just wants to look beautiful all the time!

  22. sandyz says:

    Well I’ve bookmarked you to come back. Great photos and enjoyable blog. Thanks to Shellmo!!

  23. Estella says:

    Miracle dog!!!

  24. catslady says:

    Lol cats spend their time either sleeping or cleaning themselves with eating in there somewhere and a bit of play.

  25. Donna says:

    OHHHHH! Who couldn’t look at that sweet little Coco face, and not say “ohhh, come here, sweet baby and let me hug you and love on you!!!!!”. She is such a sweetheart! :snoopy:

  26. Brandy says:

    And I thought cats were the only self-cleaning pet! *G* WTG Coco!

  27. Amy says:

    We have a pyr too…and this is by far the best feature they have. Especially when you have a pup that likes puddles like our Sammie!!

    Great site, keep it up!!!

  28. Annie says:

    My alpacas do that to. They’ll go in the kiddie pool I leave out for them, then go roll in their favorite dust hole, and emerge muddy. A couple of hours later, they are back to bright white.

  29. Jennifer Robin says:

    Our pyr, Phinneus (pictured on my blog) stays amazingly clean. :sun: People are always saying things like “How often do you bathe him” and “How can you stand having a white dog? They get dirty so fast”. :bugeyed: I don’t have the heart to tell them it’s that magical teflon fur that all Great Pyrenees have. :shimmy:

  30. kritter keeper says:

    coco is gorgeous! i read earlier where you mentioned that she doesn’t wander…when i looked into adopted a pyr, the website cautioned the reader about that breed wandering and i cannot afford to fence all of our farm so i decided to give up having my favorite breed…why do you think she doesn’t wander? does she chase deer? i also learned that pyr’s are very likely to develop cruciate disease…i hope she will be the exception.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      I don’t know, but we don’t have a problem with her wandering. I haven’t talked to anyone who has a Great Pyr who has a problem with theirs wandering. Maybe some of the people who commented here that they have Great Pyrs will comment on that. If you’re out there and you have a Great Pyr, does yours wander?

  31. Pony Girl Rides Again says:

    Hee hee! You know, the same thing happens with horses! They can be caked in mud, then, two days later, even without being groomed, they are velvety and clean. Must be the reason for the rollin’ and shakin’! 🙂

  32. Roxanne says:

    pyr’s typically don’t wonder. But they will go to the neighbors for a visit to make sure all is good there. They don’t chase deer, as a matter of fact, if any activity involves RUNNING any kind of distance there will be no running od fetching. They are on this earth for one thing guarding what is in there domain. They are up all night making sure all is well in the world while you sleep. If all is not going well they will let you know. I have had three over the years. Though now I have one adult male and two pyr & irish setter mix pups (such a contridiction). So far they are a wonderful set of pups.

  33. Erica says:

    Our Maremma is like this too! She plays in the mud when it rains, and I swear she is just going to be filthy until I get the time to bathe her, and somehow.. POOF! She’s clean and “white” again, until it snows.. then we’ll see how dirty she REALLY is.

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