I snapped, I’m sorry. I know that I’ve had a page all about Shibas and it’s helped a lot of people and that some people consider me the living end of Shiba knowledge (I’m not! Try Shiba Inu Canada or the National Shiba Club of America). But I’ve proven myself to be a bad, evil dog owner and not deserving of the title Queen of Shiba.
I took Tierce to the groomer’s to get his nails clipped.
Now I know that I should be stoic in the face of his whining, moaning, bitching and complaining, his earsplitting wails, and his sulky pulling away, but I’m not. I’m terrified of hurting him and he’s terrified of me hurting him. It’s safe to say that we both hate the procedure.
One day, a few days ago, I looked at his paws and they resembled a bear’s, with nails out to —– here and knew that I was just prolonging the inevitable.
Dog ‘N Suds is a grooming/care facility not very far from where I live, so I slouched there to deliver my little brat. Tierce, of course, was extremely excited and interested, even in the trio of Dachshunds threatening to rip out his throat on his way in.
He behaved himself, at least, even when it was his turn. The groomer whipped him under her arm and carried him into the back with the ease of long practice. Two or three minutes later of whining, moaning, bitching and complaining, he was out, congratulating himself on his miraculous escape from death. It was the best 10 bucks I’ve ever spent.
No, seriously. Best. Ten. Dollars. Ever.
Even if it makes me a bad puppy owner who can’t stand to clip my dog’s nails, if there are competent people who will do it for a price. If there wasn’t anybody, I could steel myself to do nails, but I’ve tasted the lack of stress and it is sweet! Now I know why Mom pays for Shassi to get groomed – it’s just EASIER.
(Best part of all, Tierce is in the nail clipping program and it only costs $5 per visit!)