This note is mainly about the humor of what happens when you don’t clip your dog’s nails.
It is funny to hear the little “click-click-click” as they walk on hardwood floor or tile. You can always tell where they are in your home. And you watch them as they take their rear paw and scratch the hell out of their head and you think, “Gosh that would tear off my skin!” Well just so you know those nails will tear your skin, and I have proof of it.
I wear shorts in the summer time, all the time. As soon as the weather breaks it is shorts and t-shirt or tank top. I shed the Eskimo attire and look more like a human than a bag lady come warmer weather, and at least people can recognize me, even family members.
The problem I run into when wearing shorts are dogs. Small dogs, large dogs, medium dogs; all of them like to jump on me. Though I know you are saying, “Well that is not a well behaved dog”, and you are right it isn’t, but needless to say it happens. My dogs do it too from time to time, but they reach much higher than my legs.
So in the course of my travels and visiting with my 4-legged clients, I do get jumped on a great deal, and because of that I have many “marks” on my legs and arms.
I know they are just happy to see me, and they just want me to acknowledge their presence and I try my best to deter them to not jump or paw at me, but it still happens. But when you get the smaller dogs with the pointy nails and when they jump up they reach right above your knee cap and they paw at you with such happiness and they have that smile on their face, and are filled with so much joy to see you, meanwhile you are realizing the marks on your legs and arms looks like you just came from some type of whipping! Or worse and I will keep this G rated.
I am not complaining, I just look down at my legs and see the red marks, and realize some of them will turn to bruises and I will just laugh about it tomorrow, knowing that this is just part of the job; one of the hazards of the position. Some of my friends may ask, “How’d you get that mark on your leg or your arm or your neck or even your chest?” And my answer is “Oh a dog jumped up on me.” After so many times, they don’t ask any more, so I will show them the damage done to my body.
Last week my own dog Sherlock was just so happy with me that he jumped up and when he came down he caught my shine with his nail, and yes he left a mark, but this one bled. He has also gotten me around my collar bone or the opening of my t-shirt, and yes it hurts, but again, he is just happy, smiling and filled with joy to see me, so I can’t get mad.
This is not a note about the importance of clipping your dog’s nails, but yes it should be done on a regular basis; every 3 weeks is best, but it is also the humor of what happens when those sweet lovable members of your family greet me and You, and I am sure they do it to you when you get home, now just multiply it by 10 and have it done everyday…that is what it is like for me. So I just laugh. Oh, I forgot to mention, bare feet and dog nails!