Taking your dog for a walk can be one of life’s simple pleasures that enables you to get fresh air, soak up the sunshine and have a bit of company.
The downside, however, is that dogs can be exceptionally messy and that they often like to meander off the designated walking route and into muddy puddles.
Bored Panda asked dog owners to submit the messiest photographs of their pets playing in the dirt and it includes dogs covered head to paw in muck, mud-splattered walls and caked canines bathing in sludge.
Instant regret: This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel doesn’t appear to have thought their decision through
Dogs might be a man’s best friend but in these pictures, they’re our worst nightmares.
For what might be a few minutes of fun for a canine is actually a big – and painstaking – task for an owner who has to clean them up afterwards.
It doesn’t seem to matter what breed of dog they are, all of them enjoy rolling around in the mud and getting dirty.
These pictures might just make you think twice before you take your dog on a walk near any puddles, muddy fields or rain-soaked paths – especially if you’re the proud owner of a white sofa.
From the waist up: A little dog managed to keep their body clean at least
What have I done? A golden retriever hangs its head in shame after getting muddy
Given up: This dog got so dirty that they decided to just lie down and embrace the mud
No fun at all: When a dog gets this dirty, the owner is the one who has to deal with it
Sinking deep: A dog decided to immerse its white body straight into mucky water
Caked in mud: This dog might be little but they appear to have made a large mess for the owner
Messy dog makes a messy home: This pet doesn’t seem to mind that they’ve brought the mud in with them
Dirty dog: This pet proves the dirt doesn’t have to be wet for them to want to play in it
Completely covered: This dog wanted to make sure that the entirety of its body was muddied up
Little and large: The breeds of dogs might be different but they both have the same goal in mind
Rolling around: An owner definitely regretted taking their dog out to play that day
Mucky pup: By showing their puppy dog eyes, this dog hopes to get back in its owners’ good books
Are you looking at me? Despite being dirty, this dog isn’t afraid of confrontation
Goofing around: This dog might be mucky but it doesn’t appear to have a care in the world
Doggy paddle: A walk went wrong when the family pet decided to have a swim
Feeling ashamed: A dog attempts to clean itself after getting mucky on a walk
Dirty dog: A family pet was left alone for five minutes and their owner came back to this
Ready for a bath: A simple game of fetch turned messy when this dog didn’t play by the rules
What did I do? A dog doesn’t seem to understand why they’re being asked to have a bath
New boots: After wading through the mud, this dog looks as though it’s wearing a pair of shoes
Thinking over things: This dog seems to be regretting its decision to roll around in the mud
Digging for dirt: This dog might have thought they were being sneaky but their nose gave it away
Look of guilt: This little white dog knows what they’ve done wrong
It wasn’t my fault: A dog decided to show off its best puppy dog expression while waiting to be cleaned in the bath
Why do I bother? One owner realises taking this dog for a walk in the woods was a bad idea
In need of a clean: A dog has managed to get its entire body dirty but kept its bow on
Hosing down: A dog is going to need to be deep cleaned after getting covered in mud
Just the paws: One dog couldn’t resist walking through a muddy puddle
Bad combination: A rainy garden ensures a dog is always messy
Mud bath: Despite being dressed in a little jacket, this dog still wanted to get dirty
Head to toe: A dog sits casually waiting for their owner after getting their entire body dirty
Speed of light: A dog thought they could outrun the mud but it caught up with them
Proud of themselves: The smile on this dog’s face shows they aren’t ashamed of what they’ve done