Sunday, April 29, 2012

Brushing Petey's Teeth

In short, it ain't happening.

We can't figure out how to make it work with him.  We've tried several times, but to no avail.  The other night, John had Petey in his lap trying to use the fingertip brush, but Petey would not allow it.  He had is little doggie lips clamped shut and would turn his head.  I wish we had a video of that because he looked much like a toddler refusing to eat peas.

This particular night John was determined to make it happen and insisted that we take Petey on the back porch where he thought we'd have more leverage.  This was because we trim his toenails out there.   We tried a couple of times, but John never so much as got his finger under Pete's lips. 

I'm trying to gradually introduce the toothbrush still.  It may never work but this won't be so traumatic for us or him.  Yesterday I got him to chew on the toothbrush a bit after rubbing it in the meat drippings left on my plate.  I pushed too hard though when I put a dab of toothpaste on the brush and then added the drippings.  He was finished.  I'm not.

I think if I keep giving him the toothbrush to chew over time we can work up to actual toothpaste and then moving it around.  We'll see.

Monday, April 23, 2012


Petey has finished the antibiotics and seems pretty much back to his old self.  John and I just got back from a much needed beach trip.  While we were there the only souvenir we got was a canine teeth cleaning kit for Petey.

I opened it while telling Petey it was his and how much he was going to like it.  He did like the toothbrush a lot.  He chewed on it for a good while.  I put a little of the toothpaste on my finger and he licked that right off, but didn't seem to care for another taste.  He would have nothing to do with the fingertip gum massager.

One step at a time.  I'll let him chew on the toothbrush again tonight.  If that goes well, tomorrow, I might put a little toothpaste on it and see what happens.  One day before too long, I might actually be blogging about brushing his teeth.  Maybe.