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.
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!”