We love our pets as if they were our children. We try hard to keep them safe and healthy. That's what makes us great pet parents. However, there are times when bad things happen in spite of our best efforts. We instantly question our worth as reliable guardians. I was discussing this the other day with my friend, Carol Bryant from Fidose of Reality. We decided to share some of our experiences to make everyone feel a little better about great pet parent’s bad mistakes.
Bentley Nailed It
Two weeks ago, Bentley came over and put his paws on my lap. I immediately noticed his dewclaw was missing. I don’t mean it was short, it was totally gone! How in the world did I not notice that he had somehow torn out his entire claw? There was no blood, he wasn’t limping, and I didn’t hear him yelp. The first thing I did was clean it and apply Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream. He whimpered when I touched it. I promise that I cried harder than he did. I felt like a total pet parent failure. Did I let his nail get too long? Did I walk him somewhere that he got it caught? A million questions without a single answer. This was on a Friday night because my dogs never get sick or hurt during office hours. Luckily, we had a scheduled wellness appointment on Monday. The vet assured me he was fine but cautioned me to watch for it growing back at an awkward angle. It has begun to grow so I’m keeping a close eye on it. I still wince when I look at it. My only comparison is when I cut my nail to the quick. #Ouch!
We all know that dogs should not eat cooked chicken bones. They can splinter and cause a lot of damage to their insides. All our dogs know is that chicken tastes delicious. I cannot tell you how many times we have been walking and Bentley finds a chicken bone. Why chicken bones end up on the street is a mystery but a certain Basset nose can find one in a split second. He will pretend to be sniffing along and then CRUNCH! I usually end up with my fingers in his mouth chasing a slobbery chicken bone. The commands “Leave it” and “Drop it” don’t matter when you have a Basset with a bone. We have been fortunate that he hasn’t swallowed a bone but others are not so lucky.
A friend recently had a counter surfing incident and lost an entire chicken to his dog. He did the proper thing by watching the dog, checking its stools and cushioning its stomach with cooked rice. It is not advisable to induce vomiting. Bones can cause more damage coming up than going out. The dog was fine, but the owner felt like a bad pet parent. They weren’t bad, just too trusting of a dog and a savory chicken! #PawLickingGood
You Forgot To Take Your Medicine
As you can tell from the last example, counter surfing dogs can get into a lot of trouble. If your pet has never counter surfed, then you are certainly surprised the first time they do it. If you are lucky, they won’t find anything that will cause harm. If you are unlucky, they discover your medicines. This was a case that I am familiar with and it was definitely a cause for alarm.
A puppy, who shall remain nameless, decided she was bored while her parents were out buying her some delicious food. Instead of waiting, she went exploring. The first thing she discovered was that she could get on the cabinets. The second thing was that her parents had some fun medicine bottles on the counter. Playtime! She crunched and scattered colorful pills all over the kitchen floor. When her parents returned, she was so proud of herself and her new discoveries. They were not so proud. Of course, like all pets, she didn’t do this during office hours. Since they didn’t know if she had actually ingested any of the pills, an emergency trip to the vet was in order. The pup wasn’t acting lethargic or vomiting but they couldn’t take any chances. The poor thing had her stomached emptied at the vet and was given an IV to flush her system. She was fine but her parents felt horrible. They learned an expensive lesson about first-time counter surfing. Now, as long as she doesn’t learn how to open the medicine cabinet…#JustSayNo
The Moral of these Stories
One of the reasons that we love our dogs is how forgiving they are of our faults. Perhaps they know that we are only human and far from being perfect. Great dog parents sometimes make bad mistakes. One of the amazing things about dogs is that loving and caring for them always makes us perfect in their eyes.
Bentley and Pierre are such good-natured dogs. They have forgiven me for stepping on them, tripping over them, bathing them, throwing the ball after they have already brought it back to me, and having to work at the computer instead of playing. If I am late with their dinner, that is when they consider me a bad pet parent.
It’s confession time. What have you done to feel like a bad pet parent?
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What happens when great pet parents make mistakes? https://t.co/iJPhLTtEnA— M. K.Clinton (@mk_clinton) March 22, 2016