Out of the Mouths

I’m in a unique position in that I’m involved with several businesses having to do with animals.  I work for a veterinarian’s office here in this little town, and the BabyBoy is the groomer for Sugar’s grooming business.  I consider myself sweat equity at the grooming business even though mostly what I do is the banking and ordering and taking photographs.  I’m at the grooming business for a bit in the morning (sometimes) before I go to work, at lunchtime, then again after I finish at the veterinarian’s office.  At the vet’s office, we refer people to the grooming business for grooming and boarding, and at the grooming business, we refer people to the vet’s office for vaccination updates and medical issues that are noted during the grooming/boarding session.

Last week a six-month-old West Highland Terrier named Louie was at the groomer’s.  I saw him at lunchtime.  His grooming session was finished, and he was playing with some of the other dogs in the lobby area that the dogs use for playtime.  I went into the cat room, which is next to the lobby foyer, to tidy up and check on Gladys the Guinea Pig whose cage enclosure is with the cats, and I heard Louie’s owners come in to pick him up.  I heard a man, a woman, and a small child, all very happy to see Louie.  The child was chattering away, although I couldn’t hear what she was saying.  Louie went home and all was well.


The next morning a man called to make an appointment for his Westie who could not use his left rear leg.  He said that he had let the dog out earlier that morning to go to the bathroom as usual, but had not stayed with the dog, and when he went to let the dog in, the dog was on three legs.  The man brought the dog for an appointment, and, yes, it was Louie.  An xray revealed a broken leg.  I called the BabyBoy while the dog was in xray, and asked if he was limping or favoring his leg during the grooming, and had the owners commented on his leg?  He confirmed what I already knew.  The dog was fine when he went home.

Louie’s leg was repaired and splinted, and he was due to come in one week later for a re-check.


The following week, the man and a little girl brought Louie back for his re-examination.  The little girl was a darling little child, perhaps 2 1/2 years old with the face of a cherub.  She chattered away to me, while the owner and the vet examined the dog on the table.  The owner and the vet were engrossed in conversation over the dog, and did not hear the child say to me, “Daddy hurt Louie really bad.”


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5 Responses to “Out of the Mouths”

  1. leo Says:

    With no doubt it is a bad thing that a poor dumb animal was injured, It would be terrible if “Daddy” hurt the animal on purpose, even if only in some sort of fit of anger that may not ever happen again. It would be yet worse if “Daddy” could not control his rage and took it out on any pets that were around any time. However, it may be that “Daddy” only hurt their pet by accident, or that he may not have hurt it at all. The little girl might only know that while she was sleeping “Daddy” was awake, and in some manner the dog was injured. It’s difficult to believe though that a leg got broken without any cause.


    • ruthrawls Says:

      I did not press the child for details. All your scenarios are possible and probable. Whatever happened, it made enough of an impression that the little girl commented on it 8 days later, which is an impossibly long span of time for a little child.


  2. Kariann Says:

    ugh ugh ugh


  3. sharon elaine boyd Says:

    And one hopes that “Daddy” does not unintentionally hurt the humans in his life either, if that was the scenario. it is my experience that children of that age generally recall from visual impressions more so than verbal reference unless the words are repeated frequently. As Leo pointed out, a leg does not fracture easily. Perhaps “Daddy” is not the source, but if he is, let’s hope he learned the potential consequences of actions regardless of intent.


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