February is National Pet Dental Health month

31 Jan

Twenty years ago, if you’d told me that one day, I’d be brushing my dog’s teeth, I’d have laughed in your face.

But there I am every night, kneeling in front of Lucy with chicken flavored toothpaste on a brush. I start on the right, pulling her upper lip to the side so I can slip the brush all the way to those pesky back molars that have too much tartar. Right from the get-go, her tongue starts working, trying to lick all that delicious chicken flavoring. From the back, I move forward to those long, pointy canine teeth. And her tongue is still moving! On to the left, and then we are done.

February is National Pet Dental Health month so I’ve written a limerick to celebrate the fact that my dog has better dental care than many people in the world.

There is a sweet basset named Lucy

Who’s grin, though quite wide, is too toothy,

So we brush using paste,

With a quite lovely taste,

That her momslave applies quite profusely.



7 Responses to “February is National Pet Dental Health month”

  1. Anonymous January 31, 2017 at 6:23 am #

    I loved reading about your dog. It reminded me of my friend Jordan’s dog, Lana! I also loved the limerick and will be sharing it with my 4th grade class!

  2. Christine Baldiga January 31, 2017 at 7:20 am #

    I never realized that dog toothpaste would be flavored to meet their needs! I absolutely love your limerick!

  3. elsie January 31, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    It is hard to write about happenings in our government, so a little lighthearted dog tooth brushing is a welcome delight. Thanks for the smile! 🙂

  4. arjeha January 31, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    We had a cat that had to go to the vet to have his teeth cleaned. He came home a bit woozy until the anesthesia wore off. This is something we don’t think about, but pets do need dental hygiene as well as humans. Don’t know that I would want chicken falvored tooth paste, though.

  5. cvarsalona January 31, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    I love the humor, Adrienne, and the term momslave. Enjoy your day!

  6. terierrol January 31, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    I love reading about you and your dog. I’m sure she is so happy to have YOU for her momslave!

  7. Brian Rozinsky January 31, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    The first sentence: BAM! Chicken-flavored toothpaste? A revelation! Your limerick… A delight! You tending to your dog Lucy’s smile has widened my own. Thanks, Adrienne.

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