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Unexpected Manicure

June 12th 2008 12:27 am
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At first it looked like it was going to be an awesome night. My Sarah got home and left her shoes on - always a sign of Good Things. Instead of just taking me out as is our usual pattern of behavior, she asked whether I'd like to go on a Ride.

Well, duh.

We hopped in the car and My Sarah drove to the dog park. We haven't been there in a while, and I was having fun running around...

...until I felt a sharp pain in my leg!

I stopped mid-romp and, to my embarassment, whined audibly. Fortunately, I was right next to My Sarah and didn't have to limp far in order to get to her. I waited, whining, while she examined my foot. I don't think that she immediately figured out what was wrong - but, man, she hit this One Tender Spot a couple of times!

We went home after that and, upon arrival, The Sarah made me get into the tub. She started spraying the mud off of my legs - and found that One Tender Spot again with her sprayer! She got that confused look on her face, but opted to soap up my three good legs and save my tender one for last.

She started (gently) soaping up my sore leg and carefully examined my joint. She must've seen something that she couldn't initially see through the mud, because she gasped and put my foot down. She rinsed me without conditioning and dried off my feet.

We went into the living room and My Sarah made a quick phone call - which was kind of odd, given the lateness of the hour. Suddenly we were back in the car again, driving to an unknown destination. As we pulled into the strange driveway, the smell of desparation, pain, and fright was unmistakable - she took me to a vet's office!

We walked in, sat down, and waited. I was very preoccupied with some cats in a crate a few seats away from us, but I was good and stuck by My Sarah's side. Eventually we got our own little room and a tall man in blue walked in. He and My Sarah chatted for a moment - something about my dewclaw being ripped off and the root being exposed - and then she handed over my lead!

I went with the Man In Blue (not willingly, mind you) and left My Sarah behind. He ended up taking me into another room where they shaved off some of my beautiful (and freshly washed) hair and removed the entire nail, leaving me with a fully exposed quick. With both my pride and my leg hurting, I looked around for My Sarah and wondered what she would think of me after an evening of whining and unfortunate grooming procedures.

I soon felt a bit better, however, when one of the techs put a spiffy red bandage on my leg and walked me out to the waiting room - where My Sarah was sitting, waiting for me. {0P

I apparently just have to wait for the nail to grow back over the quick. I've got some pills to take now, and tonight I'm just taking it easy.


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