Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wordy Wednesday - Nails

Lookie lookie - my grass is turning green again - how cool is that after all that brown yucky stuff over winter. Now.....Before I get to the Wordy Wednesday Word I wanted to say something.

Okay - here I am trying to give my best puzzled look in this photo. I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful and encouraging comments on my new look blog but I am a bit perplexed about a theme I noticed. My buddies kept mentioning what a clever mom I have and that she was talented. HUH WHAT???? Sure the mom helped a teeny tiny bit but I made my new blog!!!!! (didn't you see me at the computer???) I am the super talented clever cowspotdog just like you all are the super clever talented creators of your blogs. Or are you trying to say YOU don't do your blogs - goodness next you will have me believing there is no Santa Paws. Okay - Having got that off my furry chest - the word for today is Nails. Eeeeeewwwwww I can feel you all shuddering at the mere thought of getting nails timmed.

I get my nails ground not cut and we were wondering about what others prefer. You have probably all seen the commercial for the Pedi Paws thing (if you live in the USA) it is a nail grounder specifically for pets. Now the mom is very fussy about checking these things out and one of the things she noted and that they don't tell you on the commercial is - there are actually two different grinders, one for small dogs which is the $19.99 version and one for bigger dogs which shelties and anything larger fall into and that one cost $59.99. In the stores mom has only seen the small one for sale and she thinks there are probably a lot of disappointed buyers out there.

What our dog groomer and vet both use though is a small Dremel and this is what the mom uses now. It has adjustable power and can grind any size doggies nails. Like any kind of nail trimmers you MUST BE VERY CAREFUL. Mom says the number one thing to keep in mind is that the fur around the nails MUST be clipped away so you can see exactly what you are doing. Then it is simple a matter of slowly shaping from under the nail tip to over and around the end until it is the desired length. The great thing with grinding is that is doesn't squash the nail like clippers do and it doesn't leave any rough scratchy edges. Mom has been using this for the past year and I am very happy as she has not once caught the qwik or made my nails bleed. So for you doggies out there who don't like having your nails cut with clippers, there is another option.


  1. Thanks for the info. We get our nails filed down also (which isn't easy since Tuck hates to have his feet touched).

    Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

  2. Well, nails are never a favorite topic around here, but for all the Shelties but Rogue, we use a dremel. For Rogue we have to use the regular old nail clippers because no matter what we've tried the sound of the dremel is just too much for her to bear. I totally prefer the dremel though! :-)

  3. Well, I paw my posts to mum but for all the boring technical stuffs I let her do that. You must be super dooper clever Reilly!

    Mum says thanks for the good idea about the nails as I does not like the clipper even near me. I has not had them cut yet since I beed alive. I guesses I wear them down on the beach but she keep putting the clippers on my nails to get me used to it but she not fooling me!
    ~lickies, Ludo

  4. I (Josh) don't mind having my nails cut every so often. I'll just give Mama my paw and it takes only a few minutes and then it's all done. It's different with Jessie though. She HATES having her paws touched so Ma and Pa have to surprise and overpower her... Papa needs to pick her up, hold her on his lap and feed her treats, while Mama gets the clippers out!

  5. Dad clipped our nails once or twice. They are always so well worn, the only one he worries about is the dew claw.

    Essex & Deacon

  6. Hi Reilly!
    I do love your new bloggy look! You certainly did a wonderful job! Thanks for the info about nails! I get my nails clipped at the pet store but my owners have been wanting to try getting them filed or ground since they always end up still scratchy!
    :) Tibby

  7. Sigh...I take Katie to the groomer to get her nails trimmed so that she hates the groomer and not me. Plus I'm a chicken about making a mistake. And I hate blood!

  8. Mom clips my nails once a week - she made me get used to it when I was a little puppy and now I just lie on my back on her lap and let her do it. It's not so bad.....

  9. We HATE having our nails clipped! Mom bought one of those dremel thingys but we give her a real hard time everything she turns the power button on! We got mom wrapped around our paws! hehehe

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch


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