Bad Hair Day - The wishpooshes' back plates and head collar are the result of matted hair combined with heavy body oils and mud. The combination forms a natural concrete mix which over time hardens to a consistency of thick fingernails. The process causes great agitation to the skin - blistering and scaling is often the result. To combat the irritation, Poochie the wishpoosh pup scratches himself against a nearby tree, causing a few of his plates to fall out. The scratching sates the young pup, helps him develop callouses on his thick hide and creates the etchings and hair shapings found all along the wishpoosh's body.