No, this is not my Halloween post. It's the continuing sage of Little Miss Maggie, the very expensive Scottish Terrier!!!! I knew that she was having trouble with one of her nails, so when I took her to her bi-weekly spa day treatment (I kid you not!) I asked the girls if they would check it out. When I picked her up later in the afternoon, they said that her dew claw was split right in two. I took her right over next door to our vet's office. They own the grooming salon/kennel so it's really handy. Our vet took it right off, wrapped it up and gave her antibiotics. "Keep it clean and don't let it get wet!" Has he seen the weather reports? Anyway, I have to keep an eye on it but it should heal just fine. I read up on dew claws and I guess some breeders remove them and some don't. Since it's really easy to remove them when they are first born and can cause problems later I can't imagine anyone not removing them. If I'm wrong, let me know. It had been so long since we had owned a puppy that I didn't even think to ask about them.
I always used to give her "dental cleaning type green bones" (don't want to give product name here because I have no problems with them per se) but they started making her sick so I had to stop. So now at some point I'll have to take her in for teeth cleaning and they'll put her out for the procedure. When that happens I'll have them remove all her dew claws.
Is this the most pitiful looking little puppy you have ever seen? This certainly has not been her year. I should make her a little cardboard sign, "Will bark for medicine!"
Move over Six Million Dollar Man and Six Million Dollar Woman! Here comes the Six Million Dollar Scotty!!!! Oh, how I wish I could put her on my insurance plan!!!!!
I hope none of you think that Maggie is not well cared for since she has had so many problems this past year. On the contrary, I tend to take her in to be checked even if it's something minor. She eats the best food I can buy her. She is shown lots of love all the time and lives in the lap of luxury. My theory is that if you have a pet take care of it. It involves expenses. If you can't afford to properly care for them, don't have a one. That should be a no-brainer. I'm really black and white on the issue of pet ownership, no gray area! Pets depend on us to take care of them. My daughter just got a rescue dog, Bella. She's the sweetest little thing and sort of looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. Whoever owned her really did a number on her. This poor little dog is so very afraid of new people and still hasn't warmed up to me. When I go over there she hides under the bed. I can't let her be around Maggie as she is so timid and Maggie is so, shall we say, out there that she would be frightened. She cringes and hides when you pick up a broom. I get so angry even thinking about what someone must have done to her to make her like she is. But with lots of love and patience, I know she'll eventually come around.
So if you want unconditional love, get a dog. But, that means giving unconditional love in return!