Do you trim your dog’s nails yourself?
I used to. My attempts at nail clipping, ear cleaning and teeth cleaning use lots of treats. And lots of coaxing.
There was a time when I always clipped Sampson and Delilah’s nails myself. Sampson really doesn’t care for it and hides his head with his paw or hides his head in the sofa when the time comes. When you call him to you he will come, but very reluctantly. I think it is because there have been a couple of times when either Hubby or myself have cut the nail too short and made it bleed. 😦
Delilah on the other hand knows there is food involved and she will shove her way into you, completely pushing Sampson out-of-the-way. She’s a big goof ball.
One time after our Thursday night obedience class I noticed Sara cutting someone’s nails. I noticed she had a really nice, big clipper and she clipped even skittish dogs with no problem.
That’s when I asked her to clip Sampson and Delilah.
Keep in mind the Mellow Mutt is a doggie daycare and training facility,with a lovely little retail section. There is a groomer at the Mellow Mutt, but she rents the space, and technically is her own boss.
Not that Sara can’t (and doesn’t do) grooming, bathing and trimming. But her passion is training and daycare.
One day when I was dropping the dogs off for daycare, Murphy’s mom asked for Murphy to have a bath and a nail clip. She asked how much the nail clipping was.
Imagine both our surprises when we were told by Sue, “Sara doesn’t charge for nail clipping, she asks that you make a donation to a dog related cause.”
How freaking nice is that?
Sara also still has her food donation box out so if you don’t want write out a check for a donation, you can drop off a bag of food.
After I dropped S & D off this morning I got to thinking about their nails and how long it has been since they were clipped. So I called Sara up and asked if she would mind clipping them.
Here’s the answer I got.
“I was just laying on the floor making out with Sampson and I mentioned that his nails were looking pretty long. He hid his paw and said, “Don’t look at them Auntie Sara.” 🙂
They both had their nails clipped today and I told Sara I would pick up a back of food and add it to the donation box.
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