Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at:

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

How To Raise a Neurotic Dog I could not decide what I wanted to title today's post, it was a toss up between the above title or "I need meds". Either one works so I figured just choose one and move on.

**please note that I have never owned a the "dog thing" is still very new to me

ok so last night while having the dog out of his crate everything was going fine, play, play....pat the dog, play with the know the usual.

My bubs was on the phone with his mom and little Scribble jumped up on sofa next to me cuddled in close and seemed to be eating something or playing with something. My first reaction is always the same, get whatever he has away from him in case it's poison or sharp, or something that belongs to me.

So when I reach to down to get it I's a tooth, a dog tooth and there is blood on it.


I scoop Scribble up in my arms and hustle to Keith were I am mouthing and panicking the words "get of the phone" and "Scribble's hurt"...I believe I even said "we need to take him to the hospital".

My bubs is calm....he is saying things like "he seems fine" and "dogs loose their baby teeth I think"

it was the "I think" that had me nervous, I had not read anything about this.

Now when this happened it was about 9:30 and too late to call our in panic I say to my bubs, call Steve (a friend who was a vet tech), now I am not thinking right and normally I know his number by heart but when my bubs asks I cannot remember, I think it's 555-4565 (made up number), nope not it, well try 555-4525, nope, how about 554-5425, still no....


At this point it has only been a couple minutes but in dog time which is similar to Jenn's Panic feels like forever, and I am still pacing in circles with my dog clutching him to me.

So I give Scribble to my bubs and say "take care of him"

I bolt upstairs to the internet to 1- Send Steve an emergency email, 2- look up a phone number for an emergency vet, and 3- find out if dogs loose their baby teeth

so with a million windows open on the computer I find first that yes....dogs do lose their baby teeth most when they are 4-6 months old (Scribble is 5 months)

This calms me down and I head back downstairs to tell my bubs that yes, Scribble is alright.

I get the words out and then immediately burst into tears and start bubs is kind and understanding to my meltdown, he nows how rarely I get attached to living creatures and this is why....he gives me back Scribble so I can hold him and sob (poor dog) and Scribble right now is shaking a little and nuzzling into my neck, I think trying to make me feel better.

I sob for about 10 minutes and then me, my bubs and the puppy are all fine, I stress eat some ice-cream and then we go to bed.

yup, so that was my night, how was yours??

ok, got to go take a shower and do some work and then head off in the pouring rain to go vote.



Blogger Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

I'm sorry you had a bad night hun. Dogs are almost as hard as children sometimes.

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Dutchess of Kickball said...

Don't worry about Scribble (of course easier said than done.) Puppies are like human babies, they pretty much bounce.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Craftymoose Crafts said...

Scribbles is just growing up! I'm glad he's fine though!

9:01 AM  
Blogger jewelstreet said...

lol. You're hilarious. In a good way. You should've seen the baby teeth Baby lost.

That story reminds me of when I was young and had hermit crabs. Well, they molt and I didn't know it. I was hysterical.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Juniper said...

I was laughing until tears ran down my face! We got our first dog last year and I can totally relate! I love your work, I love it so much I put it in my treasury this week! Good luck with scribbles!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Cicada Studio said...

Ah, crisis averted and then it all comes flooding over you... I find that dogs were more difficult than children at lot of the time!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Noelle said...

I would be completely scared as well. I didn't remember that dogs lose their teeth until you confirmed it. That's got to be really upsetting. At least you now know how much you care!

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Karen Beth said...

Bless your heart. It is so easy to get attached and worked up over them, isn't it? I'm glad you are BOTH alright. :)

11:27 AM  
Blogger nancypearlwannabe said...

I never knew puppies lost their teeth, that is kind of freaky. Are you going to leave him a toy in his dog bed tonight from the Tooth Fairy?

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely understand. I'm okay at first in a crisis when it comes to Sadie and Leo and then the meltdown comes where I nearly always want to throw up.

You did good when it counted. You saved the breakdown for after you knew Scribbles was okay and that is the important part.

Please remind me to NOT tape up my house with rubber barriers when I have a kid. I feel like I will be THAT Mom.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for pluralizing your doggies name. No "s".

12:26 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Ah, NPW already asked my Tooth Fairy question.

Nice work on the tooth sitch; I'd have been freaked. Of course, the whole time I was reading this story, I was thinking, "Check the internet! Check the internet!". Because I believe the solutions to all life's problems lie within its warm, glowing Tron walls.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous A Fanciful twist said...

Your book is incredible!!! I have my hands on a hot little copy I purchased right out of your enchanted shoppe!!!! I Loooove it!!! It is magic!!!

I would have FREAKED over the dog tooth thing. I have this whole phobia about teeth and loss and and and.... Who knew? Pups lose teeth too????? So much to learn. xoxooxoxo

3:51 PM  
Blogger barbjensen said...

This is so hilarious! I love your writing style. I just found your blog today, what fun.

Barb Jensen

4:35 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Poor Scribble! I am glad that he's ok!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Gallery Juana said...

I grew up having dogs and cats as pets, but I still never realised the losing of teeth and other things that happen as they grow up. Then when I raised them as my own, I found out the surprising way like you. I know how stunned you must have felt. Glad everything worked out fine.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Simply Wired Custom Jewelry said... sorry to hear you were worried about the pup, but glad to hear that he's alright!

We live on farmland with many pets, so we get to see a lot of bites and cuts and blood sometimes. I freak out each and every time, so I know how you felt.

Just recently, my cat came home with a huge scab on his ear--a result of a fight, no doubt. About a week and a half ago, that part of his ear went missing. He'll be OK--it was a clean slice, we checked with the vet, etc., but imagine my horror when I woke up and my cat had half an ear! LOL.

10:23 AM  
Blogger My Jewelry by Dee said...

(((HUGS))) I SO understand! empty nest here so it's me hubby and the dog..she knows our schedule ... you should see her at lunch waiting for her lunch bones!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Celise said...

I would be the first to take our cat to the ER if anything happened. My hubby would be all "she looks fine to me" as her one eye is swelling up and she keeps rubbing it...Men!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Chucka Stone Designs said...

Whew! Glad that is overwith. Gotta love those growing pains (usually reserved for the parent & not the little one right?)!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Amy Yang said...

What a funny story. I love it. My cousin is also not good with dogs and I (a vet tech) am always getting crazy calls from her, lol. I'm glad you are getting so attached to Scribbles and I love his name :)

10:05 PM  

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