Twinkle Toes

There’s always evidence after a crime.

Yes. That’s blood on my sweatshirt. Poor Winston.

For me, black hair, black skin, and black nails do not add up to a happy ending. Especially when toenail clippers are involved. But I did it anyway.

Never again.

He’s fine, but last night looked like a crime scene. On top of the quick I cut by mistake, we discovered that the nail had mysteriously split some time ago.

Poor Winston.

And he’d been licking it for a while. But Scotties lick, so I thought nothing of it.

Bad Peepstress. Even though he romped in the snow this morning, I didn’t get a kiss goodbye before work.


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17 Responses to Twinkle Toes

  1. Humphrey & Cherry says:

    Believe me – we have lived through toenails!! He will kiss you goodbye tomorrow – (just don’t show him those ‘dreaded clippers’ — go to PJ Petts or someone local – they will do it right and no ‘blood’ on the scene!! Black toenails are the worst!! Humphrey..

  2. Oh I think by the time you get home he will be ready for a kiss-fest! He will have forgotten and forgiven!

    Hugs, Teddy

  3. rjkeyedup says:

    Poor Peeptress going thru such trauma! That’s why mommy takes me to the groomers to get my nails clipped. And Winston, I know about split nails….Ouch! I ran too quickly off the side stoop in November and broke the nail off, really deep! Mommy took a photo of the blood splatter on the cement, which was creatively distributed by the wind! I tried to lick it to get it to stop bleeding, but not good. Had to go to the Dogtor, good ole Dr.Z, who told Mommy he never saw so much bleeding from a badly broken nail before – great! Bandages on, bandages off a few days later – which was not fun… and I hit it on a tree trunk a few days later and screamed! All better now, and they said it will grow back. Aarroooooo! Ozzy

  4. Cheryl Page says:

    Scotties are known for their attitude!

  5. Toenail trimmin are da worst.

  6. corkscot says:

    Have you tried a grinder? It s supposed to work better and have less chance of causing a bleeder.

  7. OMD, that happened to me too! I ignored Ma for the rest of the day! I told her that I will NOT let her near me with any nail implement again! So our vettie staff does it now….everyone is happy! (well, except the vettie staff ☺)
    Ruby ♥

  8. theguster says:

    I’m sure Winston will feel a lot better tomorrow – and you should too, Peeptress! These things happen, unfortunately. I stopped doing nails a long time ago because it made me too nervous. Imagine when I picked up Gus from a groomer I was trying for the first time based on a good recommendation and she had clipped part of his ear! Yikes!

  9. Kismet says:

    Nobody messes with my claws. I mess where ever I please.

  10. nordhuesn says:

    Dogs live only in the present moment. So he has already forgotten it happened. We have had that misfortune as well. I bought a grinder and it works ok, but Andy is afraid of the noise it makes. Duffy is ok with it. We just have the groomer do it now.

  11. WestScott says:

    Poor Winston!!! Hopefully both you and he got over the traumatic event, and hopefully he’ll act OK the next time someone tries to clip his nails!

    The first time we tried to clip the nails of our first dog, we described it as a scene from Helter Skelter. We were so upset, and felt so badly. She continued to love us anyway. We’ve gotten pretty good at trimming nails over the years, but mistakes still happen every now and again. What we’ve learned is: Trim more frequently and only take tiny bits off each time, and keep a small container of styptic powder close by. We’ve never tried a dremel, but understand that they are less dangerous.

  12. I hear ya… I passed this part to the vet after I failed with the clipper… but there is hope, Phenny accepts that I do his nails with an emery board. I can do one nail per day so if after the mission is completed I can start again ;O)))

  13. Pam says:

    Been there, got the bloody t-shirt to prove it. The groomer does it now. She uses a dremel tool. Sometimes I take Bonnie in between grooming and she does if right then without me having to leave her.

  14. Piglove says:

    Thankfully us anipals forgive quickly. Just wait until you come home. He will cover you in kisses for sure! XOXO – Bacon

  15. Donna says:

    I had a similar experience cutting my Scottie, Bonnie’s toenails and it took 20 minutes of pressure to stop the bleeding. Every time I let her down it would start bleeding again. I felt awful and so did Bonnie. I was much more careful the next time and we did ok. Hugs to both you and Winston!!

  16. Rufusmom says:

    What a very brave Scottie mom! I’m a real coward when it comes to black toenails so Rufus goes straight to the vet’s office to get his cut. Bless his heart my vet keeps showing me how to do it, but I’m still too much of a chicken. That and I really don’t have enough hands to do it with because what Scottie likes having his feet messed with?

  17. Angus says:

    Don’t take it too personal. I have 3 Scotties. One has never kissed me, one will only kiss if you ask and the last one won’t stop kissing me if I sit down for 10 seconds. I have tried and tried to get the non kisser to just give me one little lick. No way. Not even of the sky was falling. But he is the most protective and snuggles big time. He just doesn’t kiss and tell.

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