Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dexter's (no) Snow Report

Dexter here! Hehehe.

So this morning momma promised me a nice long walkie followed by super tennis ball action due to a severe snow warning.

But, a short way out she noticed that I was walking funny and made me come home and then she saw I was bleeding and discovered that one of my nails had snapped off. Ick!

It didn't really hurt at all, but she put hydrogen peroxide on it and told me that fun time was cancelled because I shouldn't go outside and get dirt in it. Sob.

So I waited patiently ALL DAY for the BIG SNOW to arrive because I didn't think there would be any issues running about in the snow with my boo boo. After all, it would be clean snow and it would freeze my toe from bleeding, right?

Now I have to tell you that momma reports her work place has been In Tents which apparently means it sucks energy out of her brain and renders her sloth like in the evening.

Nevertheless, I was waiting for her to come home and hoping for some snow zoomies.

See me all ready for action? I think maybe RH just happened to still be standing there from the morning because obviously he is asleep in this photo.

But our big snowstorm was a total flop! Not even an inch! And even though my toe seems to be OK, the big meanie would not get out tennis balls. Can you imagine?

I tried to engage the RH in some movement with the big red ball.

No dice! Check out my googly eyes.

There wasn't even enough snow to really do zoomies so we came back in and did our dumb sits.

Now, you can see from looking at the Relentlessly Slow of Thought that the old sit / stay is actual mental exercise for him, but really, not much of an activity for a peppy guy like me.

Oh look! A cookie! That seemed to have woken him up.

And a wee one for me. Sigh.

That was my day. Pretty disappointing, right? If anybody else ever broke off their toenail let me know. I think mine is fine but you know how worried the humans can get.

Dexter done!

P.S. Carrleigh had her puppies! Nine of them! Gosh, I sure would like a little pal. Hint hint.


Wild Dingo said...

My dingo would always break her dew claw off at the nail bed and it would bleed. it's ok, it'll grow back. just watch for infection and no dirt. i'd think a NORMAL non-dirt walkie would be fine. or if you did do dirt, then just hose it off and keep it clean after.

sigh. I'm a relentless advisor. I never shut the frack up!

as for puppy pals... DREAM on dex! you cannot possibly get another pal. do you really want to compete for your mom's attention with RH AND another puppy? are you like INSANE? oh ya, googly eyes. you're so entering the CDIT category next year!
wild dingo

The Thundering Herd said...

Shrug. Nails do break sometimes, but pretty rare. Our dad just keeps them clean. If it bothers us, then he will avoid walking, but it usually does not bother us at all.

doyle and mollie said...

ow man that must have hurt just watch out your mom doesnt buy you a shoe arf arf arf

Tucker said...

Hey Dexter, evil kitty brother broke his nail off (cause he was climbing the wall in the basement - what an idot) there was blood everywhere! Momma and Dad put that powder stuff on it that comes with clipper -syptic or something? They found out that corn starch works much better to stop the bleeding. Anyway, they bandaged him up with guaze and hooman tape. Use the regualar scotch tape stuff with a cottan ball, it sticks to the fur and stays on.

Anyway just watch it for a couple days and it will grow back fine.

woof - Tucker

Pee.S. the dumb kitty brother still climbs the basement walls - his memory is honestly about 4 seconds.

Sam said...

Poor Dexter! That's never happened to Marge and I hope it never does. Hope it doesn't bother you, buddy!

PS - Marge jumps 20" and is about 21.5" at the shoulder.

ScrapsofMe said...

ACK! I broke a nail off waaaayyy back. It was just hanging by a thread. A quick trip to the Saturday emergency vet and lotsa cash later, they did a nail wrap and then trimmed the nail back fairly close. They were afraid I'd lose the whole nail, but the nail wrap did the trick. Maybe yer Momma can get one of those sulfer stickie thingys to stop the bleeding? I'm amazed you guys didn't get a buncha snow, every place else looks like a winter wonderland. It's even going down to 37 here in Floriduh. Can't wait till she start moaning about the electric bill. It's most entertaining, usually followed by lights being turned off and TV's not used and hoodies being put on.
Be careful with yer foot and don't step in anything biologically disasterous.


ScrapsofMe said...

Oh I forgot...that's just what you guys need, a fiesty little scottie warrior princess to keep you in line with her flashy jaws of death! Most of my doggie friend IRL are large doggies cuz the little doggies don't like to play rough. The squueeeee a lot and run to their mommies at the doggie park. Usually I go over to the big doggie side.


Samantha said...

Well glad to see you got a "Dexter" post again anyway!!! Can't believe you don't have snow by now - I gather NY's inundated by blizzardly gales! (Secretly? Mom wishes she were there, all cozied up by a fire...) I've injured two claws before - it just takes some time for them to heal and grow back. Hydrogen peroxide - that's what ma used on me - healed up pretty quickly. Mango: wake up! Your bro stole your bloggie again!
Hugs xo

brooke said...

Its nail breaking season! Darwin's brother just broke his and so did Nala (

Darwin's brother needed surgery cause he twisted his around and kept bleeding, but if yours was a clean break it may not need surgery. But cleaning it and wrapping it with bandages and maybe even a sock to keep it clean would be good.

houndstooth said...

We have lots of experience with broken toenails here! Hawk used to break off his dewclaws about every six months when he was younger. He was just a clutzy guy. Lilac has a disease called SLO and it causes her nails to grow strangely and break off at times. As long as it broke clean off and you keep it clean and dry, you should be okay. Be careful, though. Bumping that nerve can hurt like a, well, an unhappy mama dog! If you need to, you can tie a breadbag over the injured foot for going outside, or baby socks can work.

Bunny's Mom

Dexter, I'm glad to see you haven't given up the blog! We got tons of snow in the last two days. I'm not fond of it. You look very awake and alert there in your pictures, unlike some other dogs!

Nose Kisses,

P.S. It's totally unfair that you got that tiny biscuit crumb when Mango got that ginormous mouth full!

hero said...

Hope that's not much of an ouchie for you, Dexter... I like your expression on the header... kind of a hesitating bark back at the RH.

Licks, hero

Frankie Furter said...

Hey Dexter Sorry to hear you had a bad day. Broken nail and tiny treat, Plus no snow. Sheeeesh not fair. That cornstarch thingy works grrreat on the nails. My VET recommended it for one of my ancestors who broke a nail. They even keep boxes of it in the office for... nail trim ACCIDENTS.
I wish I could send you some of the snow I have.
Loved your pics. Even though some were... SAD. I'm just sayin'.

Twinkietinydog said...

I love how cool you are about your nail, Dexter. I know some girls who would be crying all day just from a small chip. I had you pegged for a tough one though. Proud to be your furiend. Will ya say hi to Mango pour moi?

Kari in WeHo said...

Good luck on the little pal... bummer about your paw ruining your fun

Jazzi said...

I have never broken a nail and would die if I did. lol MAN!! a busted nail, no snow, no ball playing~~I just hope tomorrow gets better for you!!

And yah bout the scottie~~I agree with Bonnie, you guys need a little scottie with her flashy jaws to keep you two in line lol She would have so much fun nippin at you two!!


Mack and Sally Ann said...

I've never broken a nail, but I am sorry yours broke. If my nail broke, then I'd be a big big baby. I hope it doesn't hurt to much.
Sally Ann

The OP Pack said...

Ouchee, Dexter. But as long as Mom keeps it clean you should be OK. Sorry about your no-show snow, story of our lives too. Maybe it will sneak in overnight.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Gus said...

Dester Doggie Dude...hope you don't have any problems with the nail. I know a good manicurist, but she is in DeeSee...

Ah well, for me, she might make house calls.


Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Dexter, do you need some kissies for your boo boo? Hope you get some more snow soon!

Woofs and Kisses!

Life With Dogs said...

I'm still cringing at that nail pic. Double ouch!

Lorenza said...

I hope your broken nail is not bothering you! Keep it clean and it will grow again soon!
Go to sleep early and sure tomorrow will be a much better day!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Are woo sure woo didn't get any snow?

I waved my tail towards Master Chew Sits!


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

My late brother Ben (a standard poodle) tripped on our porch and broke his toe and ripped off the toenail. He had to have a couple of stitches because of where he pulled out the nail, but he was fine pretty quickly. Sorry you didn't get to do snow zoomies.

*kissey face*

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

BTW, a puppy? Erm. I could lend you mine for a while, if you'd like....

*kissey face*

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Eh, Dex. You grow some, you lose some. You'll probably get lots of snow tomorrow for your frozen zoomies.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Bae Bae said...

Aw.. I hope your toe dont hurt.
Maybe you'll get snow tonite

~ Bae

Sapphire said...

ouch. hurts by just looking. what? just one small treat?! ;p

get better (:

monica said...

LOL!!! don't get me wrong, I'm sorry for your toe nail Dex, but I love the pics and the comments! Just made my day. You have lots of great humour over at your place!

Martha and Bailey said...

Oh Dexter, your poor nail! We are glad it is not sore and we know it will grow back!
We loved your pics as always and nice to see the two of you enjoying some quality time together!
We especially liked the cookies.
Martha & Bailey xxx

Noah the Airedale said...

Dexter, I just checked my paw...all my toe nails are in tact.

Hey Mango mate....I think Dexter is poking fun at you again saying that you've been in the same spot all day. Dont you worry buddy, I'll stick up for ya!!

Noah x

Maggie and Mitch said...

Bummer that you only got a dusting, Dexter! We're thinking that we got at least 6". It was blowing so hard last night that all of our snow drifted! We'll have a better idea when mom and dad get out there to snowblow and shovel!
We don't have any experience with broken nails here. We hope it grows back quickly for you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Hi Dexter! I did that to one of my nails recently and you're right, the snow was just perfect for it! Sorry you didn't get more. We only got a dusting here last night.


Tobi said...

Ouchie! Sorry, Dexter, that looks painful even if it isn't. I've never had this happen so I am not sure what the proper care is, however, I'm more than sure it will grow back just fine. I think you should listen to your mama though and keep it as clean as possible. You'll thank her when the nail grows back healthy.

Byron said...

Ouch! Take care of that nail Dexter, you don't want to miss any more zoomies than you have to.

elbouwii said...

dexter dude!!
poor doggy
that looks so painful but your so a brave dog
keep eating snow :p
but not the yellow kind

El'bow & Hauwii

Sam and Pippen said...

Dude, that's one nasty picture! Sam's dew claw came off once while we were running amok in the brush... off to the doctor's office to get it fixed up... they cut the nail the rest of the way off and then wrapped his whole paw in a blue bandage! It didn't hurt at all except when we went back to the dog park to see all our friends - for some reason, Sam had to walk real slow and with a limp! He made sure that everyone saw his blue bandage and how much pain he was in - POOR SAM! - you should have seen how many cookies we got that day! hehehe

Sam and Pippen!

achieve1dream said...

Don't worry about the toenail, it'll grow back. Keep it clean to prevent infection. Jackal broke his, but still had a chunk of it hanging on. I was afraid to cut it off because I didn't want to hurt him or make it bleed, so I left it. He eventually chewed it off by himself and then it healed up. It never stopped him from any of his normal activities. :) Feel better soon Dexter. Oh and we'd be happy to share our snow with you.

Ina J Offret said...

Nice to see Dexter got a word in this week! Reading all the previous comments it looks like the toenail issue will be ok, but we are sorry you lost it and that it cost you some fun....we think the snow button got turned off in your area!! Happy Valentine's to Mango and Dexter!! xoxo

Agatha and Archie said...

So Pl2 did the same thing..walked walked walked us and then let us run in the tennis corurt like cray dogs..and then NOTHING...BUT GET THIS...even with NOTHING..THERE WAS STILL A FLIPPING PLOW!!! that went over well over here..sigh..Love A+A

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

oh Dexter--not the best day huh?

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmmm it duz appeer that the mango man has fallin asleep in that pikcher he must stil be worn owt from the flyball turnament!!! ok bye

Oskar said...

You are so very brave with your injury! I'm sorry you didn't get enough snow for good zoomies.

Tee said...


Tuffy broke a nail once. Loads of blood too. Seemed to handle the mishaps alot calmer than I did. Yes, yes, us humans tend to over react sometimes. With blood oozing all over the place, it's hard not to be anxious.

For the longest time he was missing one of his nails (must have broken it real deep). It's now grown since ...