Toe nails and finger nails

When my kids were little, cutting finger nails and toe nails were quite an event. You had to be oh so careful and of course they couldn’t do it themselves. But eventually they could do their own.

Now I’m trimming dog nails. Well, been doing that for a really long time, actually. I’m actually going to see about getting a Dremel and a diamond filer. But for now, it’s got to be a clipper. My older dog used to be okay with nail trimming. That ended when his brother died last year (they were litter mates). Now he growls and struggles and it’s hard to clip them without hurting him.

The puppies are problems of their own. The corgi puppy one jerked and fought in such a way once that I cut him to the quick. It was terrible and I had the vet do the trimming for awhile after that. But that’s expensive. Merlin, the heeler, is more willing to let us cut his toenails, but we use a soft muzzle on him just in case he decides to snap. What make him tough is that his nails are black and it’s impossible to see the quick (the corgis’ nails are white).

Tonight we trimmed the corgi puppy and he was for more willing to let us than he has been. Course he’d been chewing at his feet, so that may have had something to do with it. He still wiggled and fought, despite getting lots of treats for the ordeal. But we got through it. Tomorrow will be the next two. One fight at a time.

When I was in Montana, someone told me the story of a guy she knew who kept all his toenail clippings. He put them in jars and I believe he displayed them. At one point he tried to sell them, but strangely no takers. What on earth would anybody want to buy toe nail clippings for?



Toe nails and finger nails — 4 Comments

  1. Clearly, it is ideal material to prove, once and for all, whether voodoo wax dolls really work. With a whole jarful of nails proven to be from one individual you could tinker with a series of waxen images, once a week, until you hit on the right formula.

  2. I wonder if a scientist studying nutrition or water supplies or minerals in soil would be interested in them? But they’d want a donation–research scientists aren’t well-paid, overall. Not buying the jar.