Dremel Anyone

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 This is an excerpt from our novel Life With a DoberDiva. The entire book is from Sofia's Point of View.. Oz was talking about his thoughts on using a Dremel on Storm.... hmmmm maybe you and Storm shold take a peek..  Katie and Sofia


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Such a great nap. How I love curling up on the sofa in the afternoon,
listening the birds sing and watching the sun slant
through the windows. But what’s this? I hear muttering coming
from my darling Mother.
“I can do this. I can Dremel.” She sounds very determined.
Oh oh. Dremel time already? Every Wednesday we would travel
forty-five minutes, pay two tolls plus stop at a military check point
that usually entails a question and answer period as to why Mom has
a deer in the back seat. Imagine, me a deer? But I digress. I suppose
it’s been decided to forgo this jaunt and do the dremmeling herself.
We shall see about that.
We went to the local hardware store, brought the odious object
home, read the instructions on the package and watched the educational
video re: the care of the dear Doberpaws.
She was ready. I was not.
Approaching me with the horrid machine in her hand she tries
to disguise her voice in an upbeat tone. I know better.
“Okay Sofia, it’s time for a mani-pedi.” As if I’m supposed to under-
derstand. I lift my left brow, roll my right eye and fold my legs under
me, just like a meatloaf.
Not letting this dissuade her, she is resolute and unwavering.
Mom allows me to sniff the offensive peril and lets me listen to the
drone. I am not impressed.
Gently but firmly taking my hind paw in one hand, then proceeding
to gently but firmly remove my front paw from her face, she
moves closer. Managing to wedge myself between her and the back
of the sofa, I started making sounds akin to a wounded Rhino. That
should get to her.
Not today. She isn’t about to give up. Lightly placing the whirling
tip to my frantically jerking hind paw and bobbing her head to
avoid being DoberFrenched, Mom struggles and gets one nail done.
Arching my spine against the back of the sofa, I stiff-leg all four
limbs and push with all my might. It’s not a pretty sight as she sprawls
to the floor and spits out bits of nail shavings, fur and something that
resembles one of her own fingernails.
Dusting herself off, tucking an errant curl behind one ear and
rerolling her sleeves, she climbs back up beside me and gives me a
good talking to. I think it’s Chapter Two of one of Cesar’s books; You
Must Be the Alpha.
This is her chance. Looking me straight in my tightly closed
eyes, she starts to explain why it’s important that we keep my nails
trimmed, That she’s being very gentle and this Does. Not. Hurt. Adding
if I’m a good girl, I might get a treat at the end of the procedure.
All I chose to understand is, “Lalalalalalalala TREAT!”
Using more moves than a python. I wrap my head and neck
around hers, tug until it’s safely nestled somewhere in the vicinity of
my belly. Her glasses fall off and get filed down to a micro chip by the
whining menace. Hair gets caught in the whirling swirly tip securing
it firmly to her scalp.
“Yowch!” she bellows.
“Snarf!” I mutter escaping the confines of the sofa and making
a bee line to the treat drawer..
Hey Mom, you look good in bangs.
Maybe the forty-five minute trip will give us more time to bond.

Maybe the military guys will get to know us on first name basis and
maybe, just maybe, the hardware store will give her a refund on the
“gently used” Dremel.

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Hahaha this is brilliant and also familiar :)

 

We are Dremeling (not sure it's a verb but it is now) Leica's nails a couple of times a week to get her used to it. She also makes some pretty strange noises that sound like I am torturing her but she normally falls asleep before I'm finished so it can't be that bad!

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Konkie... can't believe Leica ( Like ah) falls asleep. I still have to 'treat' after each foot.. Sofia has gotten used to it.. more or less.. but still assumes the meatloaf position when she sees me coming with the dreaded whirling menace. 

Bella?? Won't come in the house when I'm working with La Diva, but we've been able to trim those baby nails with a clipper...

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Cute story!  I bought a dremel several, I mean several months back with the intention of dremeling instead of clipping and having them clipped.  Her nails still seem too long and longer than I would like.   And she hates having them done.  Even when I take her to have the vet office do them.
  But,  maybe I am just as afraid and worried as she is because I have't tried it yet!  ha ha

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Sandee.. you might try this.. dremel each side and form a "V" .. then dremel that 'V' evenly. that way you avoid the quick. Dremel perpendicular to the floor.. and the best thing I\ve learned.. when they try to pull away, don't allow this.. they have to learn that this is a good thing and that you are the boss..Dobermans can be a bit pushey.. YOU are the pack leader.. what YOU say goes..

Sorry for the typos.. Spell check is not working..