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Buddha don’t take no crap…

“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!

SDL’s Quote of the Day

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”  ~Samuel Butler
80 comments
quaryn
quaryn

I haven't yet accidentally clipped Frida's nails to the quick, but I've accidentally stepped on her paws or caught them in doors, and I felt absolutely HORRIBLE.

BlackCat
BlackCat

I used to regularly kick a friend's cat while I was house-sitting for them. It was winter, and they had a little wheeled heater that I used to set up in front of the couch and curl up with my book. The cat would slink around the side of the couch to take position below me in the path of the heat, but so sneakily that I wouldn't have noticed him. Then the phone would ring or someone would come to the door and I'd swing my feet down in a hurry.

MROWWW!

Kitty gets a brief flying lesson and I get to spend the afternoon feeling awful and giving him lots of pats and cuddles. Well, that last part wasn't so bad, but I could have done without the feeling awful! On the plus side, he seemed to forget and forgive very quickly. On the minus side he'd forget so completely that he'd do the same thing again. Although to be fair, I also kept forgetting to check for presence of cat before leaping off the couch. :-/

SophieBear
SophieBear

Mom and I have accidentally nicked the dog while clipping her. We're so focused, then all of a sudden- "YELP!" "Ahh!" "Ahh!" as the dog startles Mom into screeching, which startles me into squeaking, which results in flying fur as the dog makes her escape and we dash after her to apologize and offer tummy rubs.

Kuhn Fam
Kuhn Fam

We take ours to a groomer for nails. We do everything else. Poor baby. Luckily, they forgive in a few seconds

Stephanie Sysk-Hayes
Stephanie Sysk-Hayes

At one point I owned 4 cats and the day came they needed their nails cut. I did it once a month, like clockwork.....this saved my sanity and my furniture. I went to the spot I always keep the clippers and they weren't there. So I decided just to grab the human nail clippers. I've done many time before and had no issues with it....until that day. Sam decided he didn't want his nails done that day. So I got him wrapped in a towel to hold him still, grabbed the paw I wanted....nail number 3 he flinched as I clipped, snipped the nail and the pad on his paw. I cried more than he did!!!! Lesson learned, if you can't find the animal clippers there was probably a good reason for it.

Lilly Gabriella
Lilly Gabriella

There are nail covers you can get for dog and cat claws so that you don't have to clip them. They are held on with glue and last about a month or so. No risk of clipping too close!

Rob Jay
Rob Jay

Same with little kids :)

Lisa Gaffaney
Lisa Gaffaney

Hey, Dan, a lot of the larger pet stores will do this for you for cheap, at least the nail part. Definitely worth it! Now, I have my first non-declawed cats and they are Irish. Nail clipping? HA HA HA Nope. A ride in the car to GET nails clipped? I would have to drug them first. So what I really need is a dart gun. That said, our sad story is the Dreadlocks. Kitties get dreads along the back of their spines and they are VERY sensitive about it. Ultimately, we are going to have to take them to the vets, have them drugged and shaved. We tried baby oil. Oh, and the powder for nails should be available at any pet store and often they sell it in drugstores in the mens' shaving area or first aid area.

Melanie Conroy
Melanie Conroy

That's why I don't clip neither dog's nor cat's nails.

Jen Sweeney
Jen Sweeney

Poor baby! I've done that to my dogs before, and it made me feel awful, too. :( Luckily, dogs are forgiving.

Colleen
Colleen

Did that to our Basset very first time out of the gate, right after we adopted him. PetSmart's grooming salons do it for $11. Worth every single penny.

Peter Combs
Peter Combs

I am horrified of doing this very thing so I've never even tried it. I think I could never forgive myself if I did. I use a dog groomer. Probably a waste of money but..... you know...

Nan
Nan

My family had 3 inside dogs while I was growing up. It seemed so easy. My now family has 1 dog and being the adult that has to deal with it the most, it isn't that easy.

The puppy stage was cute, but hard. She is about 1 1/2 and is growing out of the chew on all the kids toys phase. I've had a like/not like relationship with Maggie (the dog). But if I accidently stepped on her tail or foot and she yelped, I felt so bad for her and I just love her and pet her. Her poor little face shows "please don't hurt me" and I have tender feelings for her again. I think we'll make it just fine.

Tessa B.
Tessa B.

I have totally done this before! It feels awful with you accidentally cut the quick to short. It depends on the severity of the accident as to how bad I feel. If it's something like nail clipping or grooming I feel awful. If it is something like I was in the kitchen and the cat literally started trying to stand under me I don't feel quite as bad.

Desirée
Desirée

Aww, that picture of Noah rubbing his belly and that smile on his face made everything better =)

On topic, though, the very first time I was clipping my daughter's nails, I accidentally caught her skin! Everything was going fine, she was all relaxed just after nursing and half asleep in my arms. Then, when I got to her pointer finger (starting at the pinkie) she moved just as I was clipping, then let out a heart-piercing scream. I thought I was going to die, her little finger bled so much. I almost through up because I felt so bad... I didn't clip her nails for like a month after that, even though she scratched me a ton, and ever since then I've waited until she was sound asleep to clip her nails.

Thankfully, she never had a problem with clawing herself in the face as a baby.

Summer
Summer

When my baby minpin was about 4 months old she was whinning at night so I went in her room to check on her. I reached down in the dark to pick her up as she jumped up to me and her neck slammed into my hand which choked her. She was gasping for breath and I was screaming for my husband and crying cause I thought I killed her. I felt horrible as my puppy just sat gasping for breath while cuddling next too me for comfort. I was in tears wondering why she didn't hate me cause it was my hand. She was breathing fine after a short time which felt like forever. She got to sleep in our bed that night and now that she is almost 4 yrs she still trys to sleep there when she can.

Annalyn
Annalyn

I've done the same- I was trimming. She jumped. I hollered at her.. THEN noticed the little bud of blood from her nail. :( I felt bad b/c I know how hard it is to trust. I gave her a treat and extra petting.

I think a previous owner hadn't been quite as gentle- when I first got her, she wouldn't roll onto her side for nothing! She'd lay on her belly, but her legs would be out .. nearly spread-eagle! I had to reach under her and pull the far legs out from under her.

I think she's gotten past it now.. her new big trick- "Bang!" (lay down, roll onto her side) She's not too reliable with it.. but she knows I want.. something more than just laying on her belly. She'll get there.

Amy
Amy

I have done this to my dog and now pay the $8 to have her nails trimmed every so often at the groomer's.

My "I feel bad I hurt you" story has to do with our cat Augustus (Gus) when he was just a mere 5 pound kitten. (he weighs 15lbs now) Gus was, as all kittens are, underfoot CONSTANTLY. One day, I stepped on him. I don't mean I tripped over him, I mean I STEPPED on him. I have never heard a cat meow like that in pain. I felt guilty for months. He obviously is no worse for the wear. He survived, and every night he sits on the back of the couch curled around my head Sigfried and Roy style to watch tv with me. :)

Ms. MM
Ms. MM

I always feel like the epitome of evil if I ever draw blood. But my (male) puppy is a huge drama queen, as I figured out in the first couple weeks with him.

Beth
Beth

Awww. Poor doggie! One of my dogs is quite old and doesn't get around very well... so we don't take her on walks anymore (she'd be out of breath before we got down my steep driveway). So her nails don't get worn down from walking on pavement like they used to. I came into the living room one evening to discover that her nails had gotten so long that they curled a little bit and she got one caught on something and it broke off down to the quick. Fortunately it stopped bleeding pretty fast because of course it was a weekend and the after hours vet clinic is very expensive. I felt horrible and took her in to have her nails trimmed the next day.

Michelle
Michelle

Ughhhh...I try to forget that horrible day that I was "trying" to trim my Boston's nails. I was nervous, she was nervous and she obviously had every right to be. I clipped one too short, she yelped and scared the ever-lovin' farts out of me. Now she goes to the groomer every few weeks - 5 bucks well spent!

P.S. Silver Nitrate sticks can be purchased through the vet and they cauterize the bleeding if it's bad enough. They come in tubes of 100. Haha!

hollie
hollie

i was trying to put my dogs collar on and she kept being a nut and i got the tip of her ear caught in her collar and it started bleeding and she was wining i still feel really bad and it was over a month a go but i'm still her favorite

Kuhn via SDL's Facebook Page
Kuhn via SDL's Facebook Page

We take ours to a groomer for nails. We do everything else. Poor baby. Luckily, they forgive in a few seconds

Becki Jackson
Becki Jackson

My baby sister was born when I was 10, and I thought of her as MY baby, so when she had her first child, I kinda took over "grandma" duty. They left her with me one day, and I noticed her teeny tiny fingernails were long, and she had scratch marks on her face. I thought, "I will do this for my sister, cuz it is really easy to cut too short, and hurt the baby,and I have had more experience doing it." Needless to say, my now 12 year old niece still shows the scar on the end of her finger where I took a chunk of her skin, causing her to bleed for what felt like hours before her parents came home. I was really hoping they wouldn't notice, but they got back before she stopped bleeding. I have not been allowed to even hold one of their kids without being searched for sharp instruments.

Alexis E.
Alexis E.

Eek, ouch. You can get this powder (like quick clot for dogs) to keep on hand should this happen again. Don't beat yourself up, it happens.

Sarah
Sarah

I don't have the hand strength to clip through my dog's nails so we go to Petsmart and have them ground down every couple of months. I'm working on desensitizing his feet but he just hates it. I know he can bear it, though, because I have seen more than one baby poking their fingers between his toes and squeezing his paws and he doesn't move a muscle. He just own't take that crap from me!

And while I haven't made any of my animals bleed during grooming, I have snipped off the tip of my son's ear while I was trimming his hair. HE didn't even notice, but when I got back around to that side and saw blood running down the side of his face I felt like the crappiest crap that ever crapped.

Laura Ellsworth
Laura Ellsworth

When my 2 year old was a baby (less than 6 months old), I was clipping her fingernails and accidentally clipped some skin instead....talk about feeling terrible! I to this day still have a complex about clipping them, and they grow too long as a result! Bill said I looked like a wounded vet with all the spots of blood all over my shirt from when she was clinging to me and crying!

Lilly via SDL's Facebook Page
Lilly via SDL's Facebook Page

There are nail covers you can get for dog and cat claws so that you don't have to clip them. They are held on with glue and last about a month or so. No risk of clipping too close!

Tara
Tara

I have never caused damage accidentally to my dog but I did make my daughter's finger bleed when she was a baby and I cut her nail too short! It is terrible to be the one to draw first blood on your child! I cried and held her and cried and rocked. I think it was worse for me than it was for her.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I was reading this post with my 2 1/2 yr old daughter in my lap and when she saw the picture of Buddah's wounds she said, "awwww, owies, puppy!" and kissed the screen where the pic was.Then I showed her the pic of your wound and she said "owwies, ewwies, no kiss."
I love kids. :)

Stephanie via SDL's Facebook Page
Stephanie via SDL's Facebook Page

At one point I owned 4 cats and the day came they needed their nails cut. I did it once a month, like clockwork.....this saved my sanity and my furniture. I went to the spot I always keep the clippers and they weren't there. So I decided just to grab the human nail clippers. I've done many time before and had no issues with it....until that day. Sam decided he didn't want his nails done that day. So I got him wrapped in a towel to hold him still, grabbed the paw I wanted....nail number 3 he flinched as I clipped, snipped the nail and the pad on his paw. I cried more than he did!!!! Lesson learned, if you can't find the animal clippers there was probably a good reason for it.

Christi
Christi

I don't have any pets, but I did do this to my daughter when she was a few weeks old. It was horrible!

Patricia Ward
Patricia Ward

Why can't you just file the dog's nails? Why take the chance of cutting them?

Monica
Monica

Yes I have and felt horrible also. My dog has black and clear nails and it is so hard to see the bottom of the nails on the black ones I hate clipping her nails but it has to be done so now I only do a little bit at a time lol.

Brandon H M
Brandon H M

I have cut to the quick before on my dogs, I'll let you in on a little secret about most dog groomers and vets that do it: they cut too deep a good bit too. They have something that stops the bleeding fast and seals the wound very fast so you may not notice it when you get them back but your dog certainly notices. I make a point to err on the side of caution when clipping my bulldog's black nails and I always make sure I am controlling my dog and his paws movements. The vets and groomers I've seen do it just go in so far and clip clip clip clip but I will wait, if need be for the right moment. I would suggest taking him for a long walk or play time before doing it so he's not tense (this works better and is better for the dog than the sedative alternative) and I give my dogs a treat and praise after each nail. I even place the clippers on the ground with a treat on it after each paw so they aren't scared of it; they actually love grooming/clipping time now. Dogs will pull at the "right" moment if they are scared or tense, the pain of a bad clip will stay in their mind so you need to have a lot of good clips with treats and praises afterward to build clipping trust back. It shouldn't take long if you wear him out beforehand so there isn't as much energy for anxiety and you try make it as enjoyable as possible. Good luck, and feel better know that there are many animals that have homes and owners that don't get near the love or concern yours does.

Snowhawk
Snowhawk

As a pet groomer, yes I have. The first dog I ever quicked was my own. It was my Lhasa mix, Max, and he hated his feet being touched so... of course. My full Lhasa has had me working with his feet literally since he was born (and I worked with his 5 siblings too) so the owners would have dogs who were more used to it. ... But he's still a turd when I'm trying to get the fur out from between his pads.

Great thing to help if you don't have styptic powder: white flour or corn starch. I used it on any minor little cuts or scrapes, and it doesn't stink like the styptic powder, doesn't lump up in the container, and doesn't turn them yellow.

The dogs get over being quicked much faster than the owners! I've had some pretty wild accidents, and seen some pretty bad injuries in the past 6 years while grooming.

Michelle
Michelle

I had been putting off getting my Cocker's hair cut and it was long! He got out and roamed around town coming back limping with a wire dangling from his foot. His hair was so long I couldn't see if the wire was in his foot or just tangled but every time I tried to remove it he whined and cried. Finally my neighbor saw me struggling with My dog and came to help....between the two of us we finally got the wire de-tangled (it never pierced his skin, thank God). Two days later he was cleanly shaved and looking good...I won't put that off again!!

Shari
Shari

I was getting my dog out of the car at the vet's office. Just there for vaccinations or some other routine thing, I don't remember now. Anyway, the parking lot was full and it was kind of a tight squeeze to get out and get the door shut. My dog is a big guy, and I accidentally caught the end of his tail in the door. I apologized to him profusely, but I didn't realize we had drawn blood until we got into the vet's office. They cleaned it up and looked at it and it was fine, but yeah, I felt like crap...

Niki
Niki

We have only cut our dog's nails twice. Partly because she's a very hyper dog and won't sit still long enough, and partly because last time we cut them, she jerked and I cut into the quick (My husband was holding her while I cut). I felt horrible! The clippers we bought came with styptic powder, which is supposed to help the blood clot quicker, resulting in less bleeding, but after I cut into the quick, she would NOT sit still long enough for me to even attempt to apply it. Now we take her to Petco once a month and let them 'deal' with her. :)

Kaitlin
Kaitlin

I have accidentally clipped into the quick with one of my dogs. All my dogs have black nails and it makes it really hard. But she didn't even flinch. She did hesitate when I went to do the next but that was it. I felt awful as I held and pet her with a paper towel on the nail until it stopped bleeding. But she never had any issues with me trimming her nails. Maybe it's the treat I give them once I'm done... I remember the dog I grew up with was AWFUL and we would have to pin her down to do anything near her feet. Every dog is different I guess.

Melissa
Melissa

One thing they don't tell you about those nail-filing machines, dremels, etc., is just how much you need to TRAIN the pet not to freak out about them. If you have a dog that is indoor/outdoor, you don't need to clip their nails often, but it can takes a couple days to weeks of daily desensitization to get an animal to allow you to use it on their nails. On the other hand, clipping is quick and usually much less fuss. I would suggest buying a clipper with a safety guard instead, that keeps you from cutting the quick.

Snowhawk
Snowhawk

Oh, also~

Please, for the love of God, if you (general "you" to any pet owners) don't want to clip your own dog's nails, at least spend time with them, at home, trying to de-sensitize their feet. Massage their feet, work between the toes, grab the nail and rub it around in your hands. Work up to being able to "do" all feet in one session, and give lots and lots of treats. It will help after a while! When your dog bites us, it doesn't make us want to groom your dog!

Brandon H M
Brandon H M

Great advice. I do this and it works wonders.