I have to be honest, I was not sure that I was going to share this story.
Even though I took pictures, I still felt terribly embarrassed about telling anyone about what happened today.
After I thought about it, I decided that I should post this story.
I wanted this blog to be about real, everyday pet grooming.
During real, everyday pet grooming, accidents happen.
Thankfully they rarely happen in my shop.
We are beyond careful.
We actually annoy each other by always telling the other person "to be careful with that dog," "watch that dogs back," "don't take your hands off of that dog," "that dog has a bad leg, be careful," you name it, we just about drive each other crazy always watching over the others shoulder.
We are very careful about taking good care of the dogs that we groom, because we truly care for them and take pride in what we do.
We are annoyingly careful with them, because the public seems to be out to crucify pet groomers when a dog is accidentally hurt, or to sue them.
The accident that happened to me and the dog today was a first in my 28 years of grooming.
I was dumbfounded.
The crazy thing about it was, that I didn't even know that it had happened.
This dog is a very long time customer of mine.
She is the third Maltese that I have groomed its whole life for this owner.
This Maltese is 15 years old.
I groom her straight through and get her back to her owners as quickly as I can.
She is a very sweet dog.
She stands still as a statue on my table.
The only thing that she does now, in her old age, that she never used to do, is pull her face away when I try to scissor it.
I know, I know.
I can hear you....you're asking 'what the heck happened?!'
I clipped a wart off!
Correction...I clipped part of a wart off.
I have accidentally nicked a wart before, but I have never clipped one totally off.
How did I not know?
I was running the clipper down the back to the back leg.
I blade never caught up, or even hesitated like it caught onto, or hit something.
The #4F bladed glided through the dogs thin, straight hair very smoothly, hardly taking anything off of the top of the back.
The dog never moved, flinched, cried, or turned her head...she did not react at all.
She just kept looking out my window.
I didn't know I had clipped the ward off until I saw the piece of wart hanging in the hair on the dogs leg.
I even thought; "what in the world is that?"
I second I touched it, I knew.
It barely bled at all.
I had to go pushing back her hair looking for it.
I remembered the wart.
I have seen it before.
It has been there for awhile.
I saw it in the tub.
I know that it is no excuse, but once her hair was dry and covering the wart, I forgot about it.
The wart was the kind that has a solid piece to the body and an extra piece that hangs off of the rest of the wart by a tiny bit of skin.
I think that that is why the dog didn't feel anything, and why the blade clipped it off so easily.
Only another groomer knows that feeling that goes through you when you know that you have nicked a dog.
It is beyond upsetting.
I did not get into this business to hurt a dog.
I can't tell you how thankful I was that the dog didn't seem to feel a thing.
Even when I was cleaning the rest of the wart, that sweet little Maltese didn't move or flinch.
She was wonderful, which only made me feel even worse.
Of course I was still in shock.
I kept looking at the piece that had been clipped off shaking my head.
It cleaned up very nicely.
I was amazed that it hardy bled.
The blood you saw in the picture above was it.
Warts are notorious for bleeding.
Sometimes just hitting one with a comb will make it bleed like crazy.
The arrow shows the little piece of skin that the other piece was attached to.
Even while I am writing this and looking at the pictures, I still can't believe that it happened.
The #4F blade has always glided over warts without cutting them.
Something else to worry about now when I clip a dog. :/
Another really sad part about this whole thing was, that this was the only wart she has on her.
The only one!
It's not like she was covered with them, and I hit one trying to avoid another.
I just failed all of the way around.
After I had cleaned the wart out, and let the wart air dry, I combed the hair back over the wart.
Please tell me that you can see how I forgot about it.
Out of sight out of mind. :(
I know, I know that is no excuse.
This will bother me for weeks.
Yes, of course I told the owner.
I would not knowingly let a dog, that I cut, walk out of my shop without telling the owner what happened.
It wasn't the dogs fault.
Nothing was distracting me.
She didn't move suddenly.
I f**d up.
It was all my fault.
Yes, I know that accidents happen.
The owners were great.
No, it does not make me feel any better. :(
Watch out for those warts!
Don't forget that they are there.
You don't want to feel like I feel right now. :/