The Hang Nail


A couple weeks ago we heard Polo crying outside. And limping. Right about then my heart broke into so many tiny pieces I lost count. Kind of like that bucket of micro Legos you used to play with as a kid. But doubled.

After taking Polo to the vet, we discovered he hurt his paw. More specifically, his nail. So what you’re telling me is I paid $250 for you to tell me my dog has a hang nail, I asked the vet. Just kidding. I only asked her that in my head. She loaded us up with antibiotics and a soothing gel, but the key was to keep him from licking his wounds. He should leave that to me since I’m, like, a professional.

I’m still hurt for not being invited to Jen Castro’s slumber party in fourth grade.

Polo’s been wearing a cone and a bootie to keep him from agitating his paw…and I’ve taken to calling him My Lil Pirate. He hobbles around with his pseudo peg leg and I’m tempted to attach a parrot to his shoulder.

In efforts to make him feel better, I invited Polo to a slumber party last night. Take THAT, Jen Castro.

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  1. Kristen

    October 17th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Poor Polo! πŸ™ But I do have to say that the paw thingy looks pretty legit!! Cones are so helpful but yet so sad. Did you take Polo to the playground? It looks like you guys are at a playground in this pic. Get well soon Polo! πŸ™‚

  2. ashley barnett

    October 17th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    oh em gee. poor wittle bbaaaaybe. cooper just had to have surgery to remove two pieces of a toy that he decided to EAT so they got lodged in his intestines. $4000 later, he’s happy as can be. of course, I know we would pay any amount of money to make sure our fur babies are okay. πŸ™‚ Feel better blackbeard i mean polo!!

  3. Lisandro Rivera

    October 17th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    He looks so cute!! My dog had the same problem. Her biggest challenge was the cone. lol

  4. claudia

    October 17th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    omg.. this picture made me laugh so much… Polo made my day, he looks soooo adorable. If I were you, I will keep him wearing a boot and a cone forever. πŸ™‚

  5. Natasha

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:10 pm


  6. Melissa

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    He’s all set for Halloween! πŸ˜‰

  7. anouschka

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    poor polo! hope he feels better soon!

  8. Leah, Golden Apple

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is too cute, Polo makes an adorable little pirate! I have a dog too and he’s the most precious thing in the world to me so can completely understand the heart breaking into lego analogy!

  9. Melissa Kate

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Ommggg! He is so cute! Poor littlte guy!

  10. Jen R

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    hope he feels better soon X

  11. Stephanie

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Awwww, poor Polo….hope the little pirate feels better real soon xoxox

  12. Sarah

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I think you found Polo’s Halloween costume!

  13. Priscilla

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Looks like Polo is getting ready for Halloween a bit early! Get him an eye patch and he’s good to go! <3 Polo

  14. agom555

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Yeah….Where is that Jen Castro now? Probably wanting to go to your party! Karma!

  15. rich

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    perfect halloween costume! polo the pirate!

  16. Shelley

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Poor little guy…I totally understand how your heart feels. Nothing is worse than when our furkids get boo-boos. BTW, you can get an infatable "cone" at most pet stores. They are much more comfortable and less stressful to most dogs.

  17. Scarleth

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Aww, he is the cutest! I hope he gets better real soon! (:

  18. sarah

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    just an awesome post :))

  19. Brenda Eley

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh no, poor little Polo! Hate seeing him hurt, I trust he’s getting some extra love these days!? And throw in some extra dogie treats too, hope he recovers soon! He’s such a sweetie and so cute! Please post another pic when he’s better, his fan’s wanna know! lol!

  20. FLO

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Weeeell, you could paint a parrot with a sharpie on the cone… LOL make it colorful! hope he gets better soon!

  21. Katie

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    BAHAHAHA awww poor Polo!! My dalmatian/pitt mix had to wear the cone of shame (*ahem* Pixar fans *POINT*) and she tried running into as many objects as possibly it seems to knock it off of her.. or maybe that was her not realizing her head was 3x the size it normally was and objects appear further away than the seem. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, Polo makes a mighty fine pirate, I’d be his matey.

  22. Amelie Cousineau

    October 17th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Awwww!!!! He’s so cute!!!!!

  23. sharon elizabeth

    October 17th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    hahah too cute!!!

  24. Karen

    October 17th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I’ll bring the parrot πŸ˜‰ Polo looks sweet enough to not chum down my sun conure jaja.

  25. debs ivelja

    October 17th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Your stories, the way you write… you really make my day Jasmine, thank you! Oh and a rub behind the ears for Polo… hope his paw gets better soon.

  26. Kim Renee

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hahaha!! Your caption and descriptions were hilarious! I hope Polo feels better soon.

  27. Terra Dawn

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    GOOD news is, now he has a Halloween costume!!! πŸ˜€

  28. Matt

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hahaha. That is a hilarious pirate photo.
    And yes, you paid $250 for a hang nail. πŸ™‚

  29. Mandy Caudill

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I think you should tell Johnny Depp to take notes on how to be a pirate!!! Love that little fur ball of yours… He is so cute!

  30. Evonne & Darren

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Awww… poor baby! Hope Polo will feel better soon!

  31. Kat

    October 17th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hahahah! You are so funny! In Spanish we would say "Β‘Eres tan ocurridad!"
    Loved the analogy of your heart breaking like legos…

  32. Mandi Singer

    October 17th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I love your posts Jasmine!! You never fail to put a smile on my face. I’m glad I am not the only one licking my wounds from childhood. Take THAT, Jen Castro!!! Love it. He he he. Poor little pirate Polo. I’ve always said, "It’s all fun & games until someone shows up in a cone!"

  33. Kirk

    October 17th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Get better Polo. My dog had to have surgery on his back leg so i know how difficult it is to try and keep them from walking and licking their foot. Don’t worry I’m sure all the extra attention Polo is getting will make him feel much better

  34. Oriana

    October 17th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Wow…he looks so cute with his cone!

  35. Katelyn James

    October 17th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    ohhh the dreaded cone of shame! bokeh had his little boy surgery and his cone was miserable! But it a pretty shade of TEAL!! Don’t ask me how I found a teal cone but I did!!

  36. Janet Cruz

    October 18th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Polo…Ever feel like a Martini?

    (Martini Head (: )

  37. LEOLAK

    October 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am

    POLO PIC!!! Even wounded his still handsome and adorable! Hope his battle wounds heal soon..yes I say battle wounds. I bet that flower or blade of grass is pretty messed up after tumbling with Polo! =)

  38. blackhuff

    October 18th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Poor Polo πŸ™

  39. AmyBinMI

    October 18th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Oh no! Not the dreaded cone of shame!! Poor Polo! Feel better soon pup!
    And BTW, you can run his collar through the e-collar(cone) loops instead of the "not so stylin" gauze wrap.

  40. Robert Hillis

    October 18th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Poor Jen Castro….. she has no idea what she’s done πŸ™‚

  41. sherry boles

    October 19th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Awww….Poor thing! One of my furry babies did that one time. I hope he’s as good an actress as she was because she got spoiled even more rotten than she usually is!! πŸ™‚

  42. Tangie Renee

    October 19th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Aww…too cute! And I love your writing, Jasmine…

  43. ElizabethRose

    October 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve been a new dog parent for almost a week now…I don’t know much about dogs yet, but I guess I’ll take this as a warning to keep an eye on her little feet!

  44. Ashley Goodwin

    October 23rd, 2012 at 12:00 am

    POOR POLO BEAR!!!!!! He looks so damn pitiful.
    It kinda makes me laugh though, i won’t lie. IM SORRY POLO, I AM SORRY! PLEASE, FORGIVE MY LAUGHTER! I don’t want our relationship to revert…

  45. Alaina Bos

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Those cones are miserable! Poor little guy… My cat George got a case of "kitty acne" (go figure!) that became so irritated and infected that he had to wear the cone too. He just sat there and looked up at me with "screw you" eyes. It was pitiful! I felt so bad!