We Play Ruff

Molly Tamale can hang in there with the big dogs, that much is clear.  She gets in there with the play growling and neck biting with the best of them.  Which is why we didn’t think too much of it the other day when we heard a small yelp out of her during a particularly rowdy play session with her brothers last week.  After all, she is smaller than they are, we figured she got stepped on or something.  She went right back to roughhousing and she seemed just fine.

Then over the weekend, we noticed her start to favor her back right paw a little bit.  When we took a closer look, to our horror we noticed this:

It’s a little hard to tell from the picture, but one of Molly’s toe nails had broken clean off!  All dogs have a vein that extends down into their toe nails, called a “quick.”  If a nail gets broken too low and the quick is exposed, it can bleed and is very painful for them.  (Ever heard the expression, “cut me to the quick”?) 

We got her into the vet as soon as we could on Monday. She must have known we were there to make her feel better, because she was very polite in the waiting room. She sat patiently and quietly until it was her turn to be called back to see the doctor. 

The doctor trimmed back the rough edges of the nail and cauterized the open wound to stop the bleeding, so the nail can heal and regrow itself.  Molly hobbled away with a pretty new bandage and a round of antibiotics.  She will soon be good as new!

She was still a little uncomfortable last night and was reluctant to put weight on it, but as soon as we got home she retreated to her sanctuary, where she spent the rest of the evening, happy to be home.

Of course we blamed ourselves for the entire ordeal…We’d been meaning to give Molly’s nails a trim for about a week, we just hadn’t gotten around to it.  We know that keeping our dogs’ nails trimmed up nice and short can help avoid ingrown nails, splits and tears in the nail.   A good rule of thumb (paw?) is that if you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the tile or wood floor, then it’s time for a trim.  We like to use a Dremel on our dogs, because instead of sharp edges, it leaves the nail nice and smooth. 

So what have we learned?  One: Keep dogs nails nice and short – Molly’s nails grow at a speed that requires a trim about once every three weeks.  And two:  always remove the lens cap or hold onto it securely to keep it from clicking against the camera or bouncing into the frame when taking video:

If you’re interested in adopting Molly Tamale, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



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21 responses to “We Play Ruff

  1. Oh my gosh, our voices sound the SAME! For a second I thought I was hearing myself on the video….weird. Can you have a voice twin?


  2. Also, poor Tamale! I hope she gets to feeling better soon! She does look awfully adorable with that little bandage on her foot though… 😉


  3. No fun at all! Luna split her nail in half while jumping out of the car one day. But it did not seem to bother her much, which is weird considering how much of a baby she is about her nails being dremelled. If I were going to keep her at show nail length it needs to be done every week… and since i got lazy a couple weeks they now are on the longer show dog length which I hate but I also hate doing them. Her nails seem to grow fast and I still need to dremel them at least every 2 weeks, as her quick is determined to grow out with the nail. In anycase I hope your girl heals up fast. It sure doesn’t slow them down huh? Luna still wanted to tackle A frames and dog walks even when her nail was bleeding.



    • Ha that is true! Even with her adorable hobble, Molly is still running around with the boys! I know that even if you’ve let the quick grow out with the nail so it’s longer than you’d like it to be, if you trim the nails down and keep up with it, eventually the quick will receed and shorten back up. Every dog’s nails grow differently though, Cooper’s grow so slowly that we’ve only had to trim them ONCE in the three months we’ve had him!


  4. I totally feel your (and Molly’s pain). We noticed Nola limping around a couple months ago and when we looked at her leg, found that she split her nail. She had to be put under to get it trimmed back far enough for it to grow out ok. She had it bandaged and couldn’t go on walks for a week! It was such a traumatic experience for her that she won’t let us anywhere near her nails to trim them. We’ve conditioned her since puppy-hood to let us trim them (with hot dogs as a treat) but those days are over! Hope Molly feels better soon.


  5. Poor Molly – I hope she heals up quickly and can go back to playing with her foster brothers soon.

    We’re also pretty bad at cutting our dogs’ nails regularly. Unfortunately, my reminder is when they step on my foot and scratch me. (Ouch!)


    • Ha yep, that’s always a good reminder! We usually try to do it in conjunction with bath time, that way the nails are all clean and we can see the quick clearly. And if we have the Dremel out and are doing one of ’em, might as well do ’em all! 🙂


  6. Aw, poor little lady. I wish I could snatch her up – she’s just so darn cute!


  7. You guys crack me up! Havi gets an automatic pedicure in NYC because the concrete files her nails. Molly’s good behavior at the vet and treating her crate as a safe place are great qualities!


  8. Poor Molly Tamale and poor you! Thanfully she’s on the mend. And the flower on her collar from Sirius is ADORABLE.


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  10. zoki

    i like the way miss molly tamale got all fancied up for her vet visit. 🙂


  11. Glad she’ll be feelin better in no time! Back to rough housing with the big guys 🙂


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