Tales (Or Tails) of a Suburban Dog

A week or so ago Todd was cutting Sookie’s nails when she jerked her left front paw and he clipped her dewclaw. It bled quite a bit, but he was able to get it staunched. Pretty soon she went outside to play, running around and just being her usual puppyish self. Unfortunately she started bleeding again and this time we couldn’t get it stopped. So we took her to the vet and made it with just minutes to spare before after hours emergency fees. They took her in the back and she came out with her pretty little green-wrapped foot.

When we brought her home Todd sprayed the wrapping with bitter apple spray so she wouldn’t chew on it. She loathes that stuff and does a little hyper freak out when she smells it, but she doesn’t chew on whatever is sprayed.

The next morning when we took it off she was as good as new AND she had forgiven Todd!


Do you know what this is?

Or this?

I’ll tell you what it is. It’s tiger slipper guts! Poor little tiger slipper was totally eviscerated by our vicious, stuffing-hungry hound.

That’s what Taylor gets for leaving his door open.


Last year we had a cute little brown bunny living under our shed. This year that cute little brown bunny is a cute big brown bunny and it likes to taunt Sookie. She goes absolutely nuts because she can see the bunny sitting in front of the shed but she can’t get to it. The way she barks and carries on with her hackles raised to attention you’d think it’s the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Run away! Run away!) Or maybe a rogue cottontail from Night of the Lepus.


  1. Gretchen on May 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    She is sooo cute. And I lurve her sassy bandage photo.I’ve cut too closely a time or two, myself. Now i let the vet cut our wiener dog’s nails (like when he’s at a teeth cleaning)–because they’re black. Also, he’s so old that they don’t grow very fast. Annie (gld rtr)has translucent nails, so I still cut them, but it’s an exercise in torture for my back and her nerves.Our dogs eviscerate toys and slippers and such. And the good thing is–the toys seem to retain their appeal. We call them carcasses around here. Because we’re a sweet family.

  2. Lynilu on May 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    This is the week for dogs and shoes, isn’t it? LOL! Oh, that is funny! I feel Taylor’s pain! Mine do that regularly with their toys, also, especially if they make any kind of noise. Lola absolutely rips apart anything with noise in it.I hate it when I clip too closely. I used to have nerves of steel, but I’m becoming a chicken. I barely clip the points now. cluck, cluck, cluck.

  3. Lori on May 6, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I was gonna say Poor Sookie, but the gutted slipper makes me think she’s doing just fine.Those kids always forget to close their door. Jeff is always complaining that he has dog hair all over his bed. Duh. Easily solved, no?

  4. Tanya on May 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t like cutting puppy nails. We did Rudy’s a while back and my husband had to wrestle the dog to the ground then I had to try and keep his paw still enough to clip. He’s only a 20 pound puppy!

  5. His Girl on May 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    My beagle carries around any stuffed animal she finds and cries like she’s carrying her own lifeless puppy.wow. that was morbid. maybe i need a nap.

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