Saturday Snicker: Bubba Teef and Why Rugby Speaks Wif a Lisp!

Bless him, Rugby is a little dog from East Tennessee!  He absolutely fits into the hillbilly stereotype of missing some of his teeth! Here’s the story:  He had beautiful, straight teeth  and a pretty scissors bite when I brought him home as a puppy.  They were pearly white, and I’m pretty sure when he smiled, you could even see a little “sparkle” on them to distinguish him as extra handsome!

However, probably about four years ago, two days before Christmas, he aggressively went after one of his polka dottie piggies when he heard a trigger sound, and he bonked his mouth really hard against the basement floor as he went after his pig.  In the process, he knocked three of his top, front teeth loose!  I went to the vet that afternoon, because he was clearly in pain, and one of the teeth fell out in her hand during his exam!  One of them fell out later, and the third one reattached itself, but it had moved, and became crooked as it re-anchored.  It looks like he has a big space on either side, and it’s right in the middle, crooked, but proud!

And then two years ago,  I noticed a swelling on his lower gum, and decided to keep an eye on it.  It started to grow, and as it grew, over the course of two or three months, I noticed that his lower front teeth started to move because they were being displaced by the growth on his gum.

If you look at his bottom teeth, you can see the large dark purple growth that was starting to shift his teeth out of place.

I mentioned it to his vet at an appointment, and she was very concerned when she saw it!  Two days later, he had surgery to remove the growth, and four bottom front teeth became casualties in the process! What was left after surgery, was an adorable crooked smile, that is so very endearing to me!  When he has his mouth open, he always looks as if he is trying to tell me something!

I giggle every time I catch him showing off his Bubba teef, and when he sleeps, his little tongue often sticks out in front, probably because there really aren’t many teeth to hold his tongue in his mouth!  It’s hard not to snap photos of him, because he is so flat out adorable sleeping with his tongue poking out!

So now you know the story behind how Rugby ended up with his Bubba teef, and you’ll also understand why he speaks “wif a lisp!”


Saturday Snicker: Salute to Pretzel Napping

This time of year typically gets so very busy for me as a dog trainer, because in East Tennessee, we can have brutal summer heat, and the fall temperatures are often simply delightful for training dogs!  The approaching holidays provide good incentives for dog owners to train their dogs before Aunt Edna comes at Thanksgiving or Christmas!

As a result, lately, my life most often consists of going to work, coming home, preparing for the next day, eating a late supper and going right to bed!  Rugby often doesn’t get the training and puzzle time that he really wants from me.  We try to make the best of the situation, and I have been trying to connect with him in other ways during this busy time of the year.

But no matter what my schedule is like, one thing never seems to change!  Rugby is a pretzel napper through and through!!  He sleeps in the absolute funniest positions, and today’s installment is certainly no exception!!  This one was especially funny to me, because he had his front leg straight up in the air, and also had his mouth open to show off his missing teeth, giving me a good view of his crooked “Bubba teeth.”

I hope this brings your Saturday a smile, a snicker, a giggle, or a guffaw…..all courtesy of Rugby James!




Saturday Snicker: Anypawdy Wanna Piggie?

Not long ago, Rugby was happily playing with his little red polka dottie piggie, and I managed to snap this photo, which I absolutely love! When he plays with his piggies, he often will jam a piggie at me….taunting me with it….trying to get me to make a dive for it, so that he can gleefully yank it away and strut off with the happiest look on his face:  MY piggie!!

I love this little game of his, and this photo just captures his bright, happy eyes!  It’s a wonderful snapshot of a moment in time that I’ve experienced countless times with him.  Just seeing this photo brings a flood of happy memories of daily games like this.  It’s one more little drop in the bucket for hope to rise in my heart once again.




Saturday Snicker: A Piggie Staredown

It’s no secret that piggies rule in Rugby’s world.  He has such a sweet relationship with them, and he leaves me laughing one minute and feeling a sense of awe and wonder in the next.  I never know what he’s going to do with them, even seven years after bringing them into my home!  He has no end to creative fun with his piggies, and that’s a great source of entertainment and fun for me as well.

I was changing the sheets on the bed, recently, and of course, Rugby likes to “snoopervise” any projects that I have ongoing at home!  On this particular day, I came back into the bedroom to see Rugby snoozing on one of his pillows, almost looking as if he was staring down his little yellow piggie!  He was in a full sploot, with his back legs stretched out behind him, and resting comfortably on his pillow.

Little exchanges like these are sweet and always make me smile.  I hope it brings a smile to your face and lightens your load, whatever that might be in life!  Lots of love and a Saturday smile from Rugby James.