“Hey Buddha, come here boy! That’s what you say to make him come dad.” I laughed and repeated. Sure enough, Buddha came trotting around the corner, happy to see us. After a romp in some mud, he’d been banned to the outside for the better part of two days and was happy to be invited back in.
He tried to bolt past us into the house. “Not so fast pal,” I said, grabbing his collar and pulling him back down the entryway steps (no easy feat with a 60 lb. tank of a dog). I had doggie nail clippers in one hand and a doggie brush in the other. He looked at me like I was flaunting torture devices. His eyes said one thing. “Just let me in.”
Noah and I took turns pulling all his loose hair out, and then I pinned him down and began clipping his nails. What happened next was all a bit of a blur. Suddenly Buddha jerked free, whined, and ran. Dad hollered and jumped. Noah watched in great horror and amusement at the whole thing.
Buddha made it into the house before I could stop him and went immediately for one of his favorite corners on the cool maple floors. He sat there glaring at me like I had betrayed him.
And sure enough. There was a small blood trail from the door to where he laid. And then I realized what I’d done.
I’d cut into the quick while clipping his nails. I’ve clipped nails on a lot of dogs. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that. I’m usually so careful. But the proof was there. And it made me feel like a piece of crap.
And then I looked down at my own leg.
Buddha had got me good with one of his still-to-be-clipped nails.
I learned something that day.
Buddha… he don’t take no crap. If I’m not going to be careful, well, neither is he.
In the end, everything was okay. A good belly scratch from Noah, a cleaning of the wound, a bath, a hot dog, and some good ol’ R&R made him forget all his troubles.
Finishing the nail clipping… well, I figured I’d give him a few days to forget about the whole thing.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Have you ever accidentally done that to any of your animals? Have you ever unintentionally inflicted pain? How did it make you feel? I still feel awful!