The Power of Cyanoacrylates

Well folks, I’ve done it again. This is a long one, so pull up a chair. Pour yourself an adult beverage if you like. Me, I’d rather have some green beans with a good story. Suit yourself.

snaggle2OK. Here I am doing a big stretch on the back patio a while ago. Notice the snaggletooth circled in red. You may not be able to notice it all that much, but a few years ago I lost a bottom tooth due to some, let’s just say, fence aggression.

Seems I was having a bit too much fun biting the chain link fence between me and one of my neighbors. Ta dum. I was mad. What can I say? So, the tooth had be pulled. It was hanging on by a thread anyway. Darn that fence.

Well, I’ve done it again. Hurt myself. Not my teeth, though. My toe. And there’s no picture to show you. And that’s a good thing. It was ugly.

See, I was coming up the brick steps out front. These steps:

big boy photo

See that stuff between the bricks? It’s called pointing. And some of it was missing at the bottom of the steps and one of my toenails got caught in the hole and, well, the top of my toenail just ripped off as I was climbing the stairs!


So, the peeps did what good peeps do. They checked my foot. They checked the pads of my foot. Between the pads of my foot. The bones leading to the toenails. Nothing. And I just climbed the stairs as pretty as you please. So, They decided it was OK to take me to the Urbanna Oyster Festival that day anyway. And They dragged me around the whole afternoon. Sometimes, She picked me up and carried me when I favored my foot. So, They checked my foot again.


Not until the NEXT DAY did They discover, thanks to my Godmother Carol, THE NAIL HAD RIPPED OFF!

Don’t you know the peep was hysterical. “How could we treat our baby that way when he was in pain? How? How? OH! My poor baby! Made him walk all day!!!!” Sobs. Sobs and more sobs.

Yeah, I milked that for a LOT of attention. But, it really did hurt.

So, the moral of the story is this: if your foot ever gets hurt and your toenail splits, be sure to CLIP THE HAIR AWAY FROM THE NAIL. Yes. That, helps the peeps see what’s going on. (Duh. They’re not too bright.) Then, soak the toe in warm water and epsom salts, then, once it’s dry, paint the nail with super glue, otherwise known as cyanoacrylate. It’ll seal the wound and help it heal. They even use this stuff in surgery! Seems everybody knows about super glue!!!!

Who knew?????? My Godmother Carol, that’s who knew. Now you know, too.




About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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28 Responses to The Power of Cyanoacrylates

  1. Scout's Mom says:

    Oh my Stuart!! We are so sorry you had an ouchie. I know that can hurt like the devil! Sometimes they bleed like crazy too – sounds like you didn’t have that at least. We are glad you are patched up and on the mend!!! Better have the peeps carry you around for a bit to make sure its good and healed (hey, milk it for all it’s worth!)
    Scout & Abbey

  2. sue ellen Lucy &Mac says:

    Oh my…. you poor fellow… we know that hurts like heck…and scotts are so stoic we hide our ‘owies’ most of the time….. our ‘before us’ scottie tore a nail out on a metal door’mat’. Oh, how our mama cried for her little gal…and yes…served lots of ‘tea & sympathy’ to the little miss. Wish (really do) we had an Auntie Carol ~~~~~ she is the best !!!!
    Lots of get well wishes for your little toe… ♥

  3. Bella, Roxy & Macdui says:

    Poor Stuart. We scotties are very stoic. We hope you’re toe is better soon. Super glue is great. Sometimes SHE puts it on HER thumbs when they split in cold weather.

  4. Kyla says:

    What a boyfriend! You tried to be like me and have a toe amputated.

  5. Edgar says:

    oh Stu! That sounds terrible – your poor peeps must have been beside themselves give the agony you were in! Say, did you get any oysters? Mum uses super glue all the time on her paper cuts and split cuticles – brilliant stuff, it is!

    Edgar and his mum

  6. Donna says:

    You are so brave.

  7. nordhuesn says:

    Holly Molie! You had some weekend! We are glad it wasn’t an amputation type of thingy. Milk it all week, you deserve extra green beans!

  8. Wow! You are soooooo smart! I had no idea you could fix a toe nail with super glue. Does that mean you have special super powers now? You are one cool dude.

    Your fan,

  9. susieandsidebite says:

    Whew, that had to be mighty painful buddy, so glad SOMEBODY (Carol ) came along to get you fixed up.

    The Mad Scots

  10. Ouch! Hope your toe feels better soon!

  11. Oh your poor chap!!! I hope it gets better really, really quickly! 😦 . Hugs from Aunt Sharon.
    Hugs to your peeps too. They are only human and doing their best! 😀

  12. bentley2 says:

    Oh Stuart how did you stand the pain. Poor Peeps I know must feel terrible. Glad to hear about Super Glue, Will have to send the peep out to get some to have on hand,

  13. that is no fun at all having a sore paw – take care of yourself Stuart and milk it for it is worth 🙂 🙂

  14. corkscot says:

    Shelby sympathizes with you. She ripped her dew claw at a funny angle while walking. It had to be seen by the vet. She milked it for all it was worth too.

  15. Daisy says:

    Ouch! That had to be soooo painful! You poor guy. It’s a good thing you told us about how to treat torn off nails. That’s a very good PSA.

  16. Man Stuart you are really brave because we all know how much that hurts! Hope you get to feeling better soon my friend. Sending you some healing purrs.

  17. That sounds like a BAD ouchie Stu. I hope it doesn’t hurt still……will the nail grow back or will you be nail-less?????

    Hugs, Sammy

  18. Riley Puppy says:

    Poor Stuart! Gosh, did you cry a lot when it happened to you on the step?
    My adopted Sis’ , Tessie, the Cairn/Westie mix, has a broken tooth too, because she chewed EVERYTHING when she was a puppy! The Vet said that she might have to get it removed when she is older!
    I hope you get all better soon, Stu!
    Take care of your doggie self!
    Riley Puppy

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