Keep Those Nails Trimmed

Lily's Nails
Lily's Nails

Rescue still pisses me off… I wonder if anyone would buy a small business for sale… Utah Collie Rescue? LOL okay I’m not quite ready to sell yet. I got some pictures of Lily’s super long toenails. Another thing that makes me pretty angry about rescue dogs.  I trimmed a few of them this morning, and I trimmed off a lot. I saved the clippings and I’ll take pictures of them a bit later.  For now you just get to see how long her nails are.

Lily's Teeth
Lily's Teeth

And I was able to get a picture of her nasty teeth, too. You can hardly see the white of her teeth, they are so covered with gunk. Poor dear.  I tried scraping them off with my fingernail a bit, but nothing would chip off.  Her gums are a bit red above her teeth, too. For comparison, here’s a picture of Levi’s teeth:

Levi's Teeth
Levi's Teeth

Levi doesn’t have the best teeth in the world, but you can see his teeth! He does have a little redness on his gums too. However, the vet says he’s okay. He has had a few teeth cleanings over the years. Lucy, on the other hand, has excellent teeth and has never had a cleaning. She is a lucky girl!

Pretty Lily
Pretty Lily

On a good note, Lily seems happier today. 🙂 She played a little with Muffit and Tatum. She ate all her breakfast, her poop is solid, and she had big drinks. I had to bring her in from eating snow outside. I’ve never seen a dog down that much snow before. Which suggests to me that she was an outside dog, and her water froze so she had to eat the snow. Poor girl. Inside she has lots of water to drink and lots of love to receive.

Keep Those Teeth Clean!

Lilly Girl
Lilly Girl

So when it rains it pours, however, it’s not quite pouring rescue collies, thank the gods. But I just went and picked up another rescue collie girl. She was found down in Saratoga Springs, which is about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. I took Tatum and Muffit to Tanner Park first, then we drove down and picked her up.

Lilly and the Pack
Lilly and the Pack

But anyway, as per the title of this post, dangit, why is it that so many of the dogs that come into rescue have horrible teeth? Okay okay, sure, I know, they are in rescue, right? Which basically means their homes did not care for them.  But it makes me mad.  My dogs get regular vet visits and their dental care is one of the most important things, and we make sure their teeth are clean and healthy.

So even though I will try to find this girls home (no microchip, no collar, matts in the rear and awful teeth) first, I would hope to get her healthy and make sure her teeth are cleaned up.

We are calling her Lilly for now. She’s sleeping peacefully on a dog bed in the basement near us all.  Have I said recently, how badly I hate rescue?  I do. I don’t feel good about doing something good for the dogs anymore.  Well, I like to see them get healthy and happy. However, I just get angry that rescue has to happen. That so many dogs are homeless, neglected, abused, unwanted and unloved. I love them all, and wish I could keep them all.