Watson here, and I don’t want you to think I’m some kind of glamour dude, but recently my mom started complaining that I was ruining her keyboard with my nails. Good grief, she can be so picky!
Well, anyway, mom decided that I should get my nails trimmed. Next thing I knew I was at the Dirty Dawg getting my nails done by Dawn. I learned that dogs have nails, not claws, because claws are retractable and nails aren’t. Cats have all the fun with their switchblade claws.
Dogs need their nails trimmed when the tips touch the floor and the pads are no longer the first part of the paw to touch it. If your paws click when you walk, it’s time for a chop.
It’s hard to put a time on the need for trimming because it depends on what type of surface your dog walks on and how often they walk. I walk on dirt, pavement and grass every day, so my nails can go a long time before they need trimming.
If you decide to trim your dog’s nails but are afraid to because you might draw blood, just remember that we don’t really feel it. If you do draw blood, put a little flour on the nail, and it will stop the bleeding.
On average, dogs need their nails cut every six to eight months. Cats need their claws trimmed when the claws get caught in the rug or material. Again, it depends on the environment and how much they use a scratching post.
Well, I’m embarrassed to tell you, but my mom had my nails painted orange for Halloween. I hope no one at the dog park makes fun of me, but to be honest I look totally cool.
COME SEE US
CAPS will be at Walmart on Nov. 19 with the Kissin’ Booth and a wiggly volunteer to kiss. We have caps, short-sleeved T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, so please check them out after you have greeted our pup pal. Hurry and order the 2017 Happy Endings Calendar.
IN NEED OF
We are collecting aluminum cans, so we would appreciate any donations. You may either drop off the cans at CAPS or call us and we’ll arrange a pick up.
SHOUT OUT TO
Our faithful dog walkers. If you are looking for an excuse to walk, come out and meet our eager pup pals. Honestly you will be filled with energy when you see our enthusiastic pups. Call Rita and ask about our Pup Pal Walking Club.
LOOKING FOR A HOME
Ghost is a beautiful two-year-old domesticated medium hair Siamese. She has gorgeous baby blue eyes and a sweet disposition. Ghost would love a home for herself and her life-long buddy Roo, who is a tabby with that Maine coon look. He will be featured next week. Come out and meet our team.
Flower Tree Nursery is again raffling a 20-gallon live Christmas tree. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. Be sure to get your tickets soon. The drawing date will be held on Dec. 6, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win.
Are you registered in the AmazonSmile program? I always buy local if possible but there are some items that I need to order from Amazon. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon. Customers enjoy the same selection of products, low prices, and shopping features as on Amazon.com. The only difference is that, when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by you. It isn’t difficult to sign up, and it brings in more revenue for our guests.
CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89406. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is email@example.com. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.
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Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.