Bath Time for the Bears!

Presented by Rufus and Coco

Grooming is so important around here! Cass and Elmore are brushed almost daily, and we bathe them often! So, finding good products is very important to me. Recently, we tried the @Rufusandcocousa line of products, and were really impressed with the results! Rufus & Coco is Australia’s most awarded pet care brand, and they recently debuted its popular line of dog grooming products at 1,400+ PetSmarts nationwide. Their products are all-natural as well as gentle and formulated for dogs with the most sensitive skin.



We all LOVE our dogs, and want what is best for them. Did you know that you should not use human shampoo on your dog? Because of this, Rufus & Coco dog-grooming products contain no harmful ingredients and are specifically pH-balanced for dogs’ sensitive skin. Below are a few reasons why you should use shampoos formulated just for dogs:


  • Human skin and dog skin is very different. Human skin is thicker than dog’s skin, making a dog’s skin much more sensitive to acidic ingredients.
  • Shampoos, even baby shampoo, is made for humans of course, and can contain ingredients that make them as much as 200 times too acidic for dogs’ skin!
  • You will find your bottles of shampoo at home may contain one or more of the following:
    • Sulfates—which make shampoos foam up but strip hair of natural oils and irritate skin
    • Parabens—preservatives that have been found in breast cancer tumors
    • Fragrance—which makes a product smell nice, but irritates skin (especially dog skin)


Elmore just had surgery so he isn’t able to be fully bathed yet. For a dog that is not going anywhere and not doing anything, he sure is stinky and dirty. To solve this, I used Rufus & Coco’s Water Free Wash on him. I LOVED THIS! This product is a powdered dry shampoo that makes it so easy to avoid the fuss, mess and stress of washing your dog. It is a white powder, and even though he is black, all I had to do was brush it through thoroughly and he smelled, looked and felt so clean. It is awesome. The Water Free Wash contains non-toxic ingredients formulated to clean by absorbing natural oils and dirt, neutralize odor in the coat leaving it with a fresh scent, but not overpowering, it prevents static and it adds volume and body to the coat. This is going to be a godsend while Elmore recovers from surgery for 8 weeks!



Next up was Cass. Cass has therapy dog work with children every Sunday, so he needs to be looking his cleanest and freshest! We decided to try the Sea Me Shine 2in1 Wash. What I like about the shampoo and conditioner in one is that it is concentrated, so a little does go a long way so for a 140 lb dog, you don’t use up the whole bottle in one wash! Also, it is a gentle shampoo and conditioner in one, and suitable for all pets. It is pH balanced and contains Australian Sea Minerals for a deep, fresh clean and added shine. I also really like the scent, which is described as a hypoallergenic unisex fragrance. When dried, his coat was soft and shiny. Can’t ask for more!

I was impressed with the products I tried from Rufus & Coco, and I think you will be too! They offer a handful of others for dogs, such as their 3in1 Papmer Spray, 2in1 Oatmeal Wash, 2in1 Puppy Wash and a bunch for other pets, check it out here.

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The Logan Square Bears

Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland breed, and that sure is what Cass and Elmore, two Newfoundland dogs living in the city of Chicago embody! Cass is a 6 year old brown Newf, known for his amazing therapy work with children, and love of all people. Elmore is a 2 year old black Newfoundland who is the family comedian, and a puppy through and through! Both Cass and Elmore love exploring new areas of the city of Chicago, having fun together, and being with their people.

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