Dog with fear of water tries to protect his owners from the terror of the bathtub

Clark is a very caring and considerate dog. He loves pretty much everyone and everything — especially his owners Rebecca Jude Weaver and her fiancé, as well as the green plastic toy he carries around with him everywhere.

But Clark does have one dislike: Baths. He hates baths.

Rebecca Jude Weaver

Ever since Clark and his family moved into a new home with a tub last summer, things just haven’t been the same. The shower at their old place was apparently not a problem; this porcelain basin thing is another story entirely.

“The bathtub is the bane of his existence,” Rebecca told.

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In fact, after suffering through his first bath, Clark is now convinced that no one could possibly enjoy spending time in the tub. So, whenever Rebecca or her fiancé go for a scrub, the faithful dog tries his best to comfort them through it.

Rebecca Jude Weaver

Without fail, when his owners are showering in the tub, Clark appears at the rim, seeming quite distressed for them on account of the terror they must be going through.

“He wants to save us from the bath,” Rebecca said. “He stays for a good five minutes. This is the torture part for him and he’s super upset and sad.”
But then he remembers something that might help ease the bath time woes for them, like it does for him when he’s forced to take a dip: His green toy.

And just going about the effort is enough to calm Clark’s nerves.

Rebecca Jude Weaver

“He wanders off and returns after a few seconds with his green toy and plops it in the tub, to which he immediately cheers up!” Rebecca said. “It’s all he has to give and he does it every time. He is so sweet.”

Rebecca Jude Weaver

At first, Rebecca and her fiancé thought that Clark just wanted to play. But it turns out that’s not the case.

“After he drops his toy in we offer it back and he won’t take it, ever (but we still try),” Rebecca said, nevertheless appreciative of his concern. “We always tell him what a good boy he is and give him a pet.”

Clark will never share his green toy other than in this scenario, making the gesture all the more special.

Rebecca Jude Weaver

Sure, Clark’s opinion of the bath — and his worry for those occupying it — is certainly overblown. But Rebecca and her fiancé know it just means that he truly loves them and wants to make sure they’re happy and safe. That’s just Clark.
“He’s always been the sweetest dog. He’s literally the nicest dog I’ve ever met,” Rebecca said. “I’m not just saying that because he’s our dog either. He’s literally never growled at anyone.”

But you can bet that if the bathtub ever comes to life, he’ll be the first to show his teeth. (Don’t worry, Clark. That’ll never happen.)

Rebecca Jude Weaver
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