How to Trim Your Dog or Cats Toenails

Owning a pet certainly has wonderful benefits and joys like nothing else.  But pets also require a certain level of care in order to stay healthy and happy.  Grooming is a big part of this care and clipping toenails is an important and necessary part of the care! Even though this post uses dogs as an example, this tutorial also works for cats!

Are you too scared to trim your pets nails?  This easy tutorial shows you what supplies to use and how to do it!

Many pet owners are intimidated by clipping nails!  It’s a relatively easy process, but does require you to be careful and patient.  I am going to use my dog, Pip, for this example.

Jack Russell/Rat Terrier Mix, Pip.  You must have permission to use this photo.

He has some pink and white nails, so it’s easier to see what I am discussing.

If you have never clipped nails before I recommend the following:

Nail Clippers- Heavy duty clippers that look like this:

Are you too scared to trim your pets nails?  This easy tutorial shows you what supplies to use and how to do it!

They are available anywhere, but Petco has them for a good price.  I do NOT recommend the guillotine type clippers.  Trimming nails needs to be finished quickly and efficiently, and the guillotine require extreme care when lining them up.  Additionally, dogs who do not like having nail trims tend to yank their feet away, so it constantly pulls them out of the clippers.  You have less control this way, in my opinion!

Kwik Stop– This is a product you can use to stop bleeding if you cut the nail too short.  It works on dogs, cats, and birds, and yes, I have personally used it on all 3.

Dremmel type tool with a sander on it.  It doesn’t have to be specific to animal use.  This is especially nice if you have hardwood floors or if your pet gets really sharp edges on their nails.  It will sand nails smooth and keeps your floors and body from getting scratched up!  If your dog will allow it, you will also be able to get closer to the quick!

A dogs nail has a vein running through the nail called a quick.  It is similar to a cuticle on a human.  When you trim their nails, your goal should be to trim as close to the quick as possible without actually snipping the quick.  (Same with cats, but I am going to reference dogs through the post)

Are you too scared to trim your pets nails?  This easy tutorial shows you what supplies to use and how to do it!

Your goal when trimming is to snip as much as possible, as close to the quick as possible, as fast as possible along a line like this:

Are you too scared to trim your pets nails?  This easy tutorial shows you what supplies to use and how to do it!

You need to get your dog in to a comfortable position.  If someone can help you hold the pet that’s even better!

Next, you will need to firmly, grasp the paw and push on the bottom of the foot pad for the nail you want to trim.  This will make the nail extend.

Line up your clippers just in front of the quick and quickly press down on the clippers.  The nail should immediately snap off.

Are you too scared to trim your pets nails?  This easy tutorial shows you what supplies to use and how to do it!

Bigger dogs have thicker nails, so be prepared to really squeeze those clippers!  If your dogs are big pansies like my dog, Meg, she will holler and be a drama queen about it.  DO NOT GET SUCKERED BY THIS!  If there is no BLOOD, they are OK!!!

Make sure to also trim the dew claw if they have one.  It’s kind of like a doggie thumb! I have seen this nail grow into the pad of the foot when it’s missed too often in trims, so it’s important to watch for it!


Do you trim your pets nails?  Tell me how that works for you!  Do you have more questions?  Ask me below!





The 20 Minute Get Off Your Booty and Clean Challenge- Week 1 Results!

Week 1 results of the 20 MInute Get Off Your Booty and Clean Challenge on Mendedwheels.com

Week 1 is done!  WOOHOO!  It’s been an interesting week!

We had two lovely ladies sign up for this challenge:


Tammy Profile

and Millie


These are both wonderful women who I happen to know outside of blogging.  All 3 of us are at different stages in our lives, so it’s interesting to me to see that we are all struggling with the same issue!

This week I decided to start on bedrooms!  For me, the reason was simple:  There is laundry all over my kitchen table.  I couldn’t even get in to my closet to hang up clothes.  It was out of control, so if I wanted to hang up clothes, I had to clean the closet!  OK, these photos are the honest truth of what it looked like as before and after!  Keep in mind, there was a reason I needed to clean!  YUCK!

The before shot!

Day 1 Before Front Shot

Day 1 After

At the end of Day 1 I could see the majority of the floor and hung up almost all the clean clothes in that basket!  There are still a few very heavy items in there that I cannot lift.  I have to get the hubs to help with those and he is sick right now!  I was sweaty and in pain when this was over.  I HURT, but I did it!

Day 2

Day 2 After!

Ok, so we have a lot of dang books.  A LOT.  I found some extra shelves in the closet that I didn’t know I had, go figure, but I can’t find the brackets.  I’m going to try to find some so I can add an extra 2 shelves back in.  We also have a smaller bookshelf in another room, so some books will go to that and the others will be donated.  We read a lot, so these are books we will read repeatedly.  Although, it’s fair to say, my husband will not be reading Twilight! 😀  This project was 39 minutes and I don’t hurt!  I removed the extra books, placed all of the books in numerical order for the series, because I am OCD like that, and dusted them all off.  Now, I need my Neti Pot!

Day 3

Not gonna lie.  I put my feet up tonight and enjoyed a lengthy chat with my sister-in-law.  She and my brother will be living with us for a few months while their house is completed.  My dogs are excited that their “friends” will be here.  I lost track of time and noticed it was 11:30pm before we hung up…so yeah, not gonna happen tonight!

Day 4

I’m going to count cleaning up my budget and working on bills as cleaning!  It needed to be done and it took A LOT longer than 20 minutes!

Day 5

Not a single thing finished.  Nothing.  Zip ZERO.  Not from me anyway, my hubby cleaned off the bar in our kitchen and the table!  WOOHOO!  I have surfaces!

Day 6

Nothing in preparation for tomorrow…

Day 7

Cleaned a vent in the bathroom

Cleaned the kitchen sink

Swept the front porch (It’s been raining left and right here and there was a mess on the porch!)

Dirty Porch

Clean Porch

Cleaned out the spare bedroom because we are going to have my brother and sister-in-law as guests for a few months while we wait on their house to be completed.  Those photos are a secret! 😀

Annnnnnnnnnnd I’m sore!

Tammy is one of my dearest best friends.  She is a breast cancer survivor and an all around awesome person.  She also just had to have surgery on her neck.  While she is usually at home during the day, the surgery and her lifting restrictions (5 lbs TOTAL) have put her really behind on housekeeping.  She almost didn’t send me photos because she was embarrassed over her progress, but she is less than 8 weeks out from surgery, so doing anything is awesome!

Look at that pile of laundry!

Tammy Bedroom 1


Tammy Laundry

She also dusted all of her books down and put them in alphabetical order by author.

Tammy Books

Millie worked on her bedroom as well!

Millie Dirty Bedroom 1

Mille Bedroom 3 After

Mille Bedroom 1

Millie Bedroom 2

Millie Closet 3

Millie Closet 1

Great job ladies!  I can’t wait to see what we all come up with this week!



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Weekend Updates

I haven’t forgotten about about the cleaning challenge.  You’ll understand more when you see it as to why it’s taken so long!  Hopefully, it will be up in the weee hours of the morning Monday.

On a side note.  If you are visiting this blog and signing up to be a subscriber, as many of you have been doing lately, I would STRONGLY advise you like my Facebook or Pinterest page.  I am going to be self hosted by the end of the month, and a friend of mine who just swapped over lost ALL of her subscribers!  You can also just add Mendedwheels.com to your Favorite page in your browser if you want to make sure you don’t miss the swap over!

Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait for you guys to see the upcoming cleaning post!  It’s insane!

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When Should You Take “Full Coverage” Off of Your Car?

The Great Auto Insurance debate!  Let me start it by addressing one of my pet peeves as an agent.  There is no such thing as “FULL COVERAGE”.  Generally when people use the term full coverage, they are asking for either A) Comprehensive coverage and Collision coverage or B) Everything the company offers for auto insurance.  However, let’s use this example:

You have these limits, as they are GENERALLY the highest an auto company offers:

$500,000 bodily injury per person

$1,000,000 per accident

$500,000 Property Damage

Then you and I have an accident and it’s your fault.  Let’s just say you killed a family member in my vehicle.  I decide to sue you for $1,000,000.  Do you have “full coverage”?  NO!  You only have $500,000 per person!  So, I am going to sue you personally for the other $500,000.  The difference can be covered by an Umbrella, but that’s another post!

Ok, pet peeve cleared up!  On to the real question.

Having trouble deciding whether or not to take off "full coverage"?  If so, this post is a MUST READ!  Tips from an agent!

As an insurance agent, I frequently hear the question “Should I take full coverage off of my car?” There are a lot of factors that go in to this decision and a lot of basic questions can make this decision much easier.  I want to quickly explain the common coverage that people refer to when asking this question.

Comprehensive or Other Than Collision

This covers almost anything that happens to your vehicle that is not YOUR fault.  A tree falls on it, broken glass, THEFT, and hail damage are all part of comprehensive coverage.  It even covers damage from pets and animals- like squirrels chewing up the wiring on the underside of a truck.


Covers repairs to YOUR vehicle when you have an accident that is YOUR FAULT.

If you were my client this is what I would ask you if you wanted help deciding whether or not to remove those coverages:

1.  Do you still have car payments and if so, does the lender require you to have the coverage?

If this is the case, then NO, you don’t want to remove the coverage!

2.  Do you know the value of your car?

Kelly Blue Book will easily let you check the value of your car.  This is important:  If the value of your car is MORE than the cost of your premium and deductibles then keep the coverage!  Insurance is supposed to return you to the state you were in before your property was damaged.  If you remove those coverages and have an at fault accident, you’re going to lose money.

3.  Do you have the money to replace your vehicle?

Some people don’t mind financing new vehicles, and that’s fine and your business.  However, other people like to pay cash for replacement vehicles.  If you pay cash, and you don’t have the cash on hand to replace your vehicle, then keep the coverage!

After reading this you might be thinking “Ok fine, but now how do I save money on insurance?”  I wrote about this very topic months ago, but I do have another few tricks up my sleeve.

If your car is paid off, and you have a good track record of NOT being the cause of an accident, you can remove Collision coverage and keep Comprehensive with most companies.  You would still be at a loss if you caused an accident, but aside from that your vehicle is covered for theft, squirrels, fires, flood, etc.  Collision is the majority of the cost for your auto insurance.  Using myself as an example, I have not caused a traffic accident since I was 18 years old.  18 years later, I would say I am a pretty darn good candidate to remove Collision coverage from my vehicle.

As always, check with your own agent regarding your laws in your state before making any changes, but I hope this helps you make a wise decision!

Did you ever regret removing comprehensive or collision coverage from your insurance policy?  Tell me about it!



How to Get Your Husband to Help With Housework


The question “How do I get my husband to help with housework?” has been floating around A LOT lately.  I can imagine the frustration.  While I am VERY lucky to have a husband who honestly does A LOT more housework than I do, I fought this battle over and over with my ex-husband.  Of course, my advice is not to get a divorce :), but I understand how to try to fix the problem.  I can tell you my second marriage is MUCH better because of what I learned in the first one.

Too many women are asking how to get their husbands to help with housework.  I might not have all the answers, but I have a few!

What Does Work

1. Asking for help

For the most part, I have noticed women, and particularly stay at home moms feel like we have to do it all.  While I don’t have kids, I do work, and the last thing I want to do after working all day is come home and cook or clean.  The general consensus seems to think it’s ok for a working mother/woman to want to relax a bit, but for some reason stay at home moms seem to justify home making as a 24/7 job.

Why?  Your working husband gets two days off a week.  If he is not at work, why should you not have some free time as well?  There is no harm in ANY woman asking for help with chores in the home.  Obviously, if you’re a stay at home mom, SAHM, it IS your job to run the majority of the household.  However, it is also fair to sit down with your husband and delegate out a few tasks to him as well.

Additionally, children of all ages can help with chores.  There is no shame in assigning kids a certain set of chores as well.  I remember “helping” wash dishes before I was 5 without a dishwasher.  I remember sweeping, washing down the table, setting the table, and all kinds of other small chores that took a bit of stress off of MY mom who was a SAHM.

2. Deciding where you really need the help

I absolutely cannot handle the smell of spoiled food.  My husband knows this and if something is bad, he throws it out for me because he knows I WILL PUKE.  He’s scared of snakes, and I am scared of spiders.  Guess who handles which critters?  Yes, I have had a snake IN my house before.

Do you need 1 day or night a week off for some you time?  Do you need your husband to take out the trash or mow?  Would it help if he bathed the children at night while you wash dishes or do you want him to help with bedtime?

Rather than getting mad because your husband can’t read your mind, you should probably sit down and think about what you REALLY need help with, then ask for it.

3.  Communicate Communicate Communicate

“Honey, the kids have a baseball game tomorrow at 6 pm.  Can you either make sure they are ready on time, or clean up after dinner so I can get them ready?”

See? You’ve asked for help. You also gave him advanced notice so he knows it’s going to happen. He is prepared and knows what you expect.  You also gave him a choice in the decision-making and that allows HIM to have some control.  Instead of telling him, you’re ASKING for help.  WIN WIN.

4.  Praise

I once read in a book a quote along the lines of “If you want your husband to help more, praise him like a toddler who used the potty the first time”.

It’s true.  Can you imagine how pleased you would be if your husband came home and really praised you for a clean house?  What if the first thing he said to you was along the lines of:

WOW!  Honey!  The house looks SO AMAZING today!  You must have really worked hard!  I love coming home to a house this clean and I am SO LUCKY to have you as my wife!!!

Sound cheesy?  SO WHAT!  IT WORKS. If you are not praising each other you’re missing out on a good chance to really make their day.  The more you praise them, the more your husband will want to help!  Still cheesy?  Ok how about this:

Honey, I am home.  Here are the bills you need to pay, and I know you’re in the middle of cooking dinner, but I thought I would let you know the yard needs to be mowed, and you should really wipe that flour off of your face, it looks stupid.

Which would you rather hear?  I know already being angry can make it hard to be positive, but give it a try and see if it makes a difference.  It has in this house.

5.  Therapy

If all else fails, go talk to someone professionally.  Even if HE won’t go, you might find some insight in to how to make the situation better.  Maybe after you go a few times, he will decide to go with you.

What doesn’t work   

1.  Withholding sex

Sex is not a weapon to be used to manipulate your husband.  Please stop advising this.  It’s not healthy for your relationship and it’s not funny.

2.  Yelling/Screaming/Nagging

If you cannot sit down and have an honest and open discussion with your husband without yelling/screaming/nagging then you need to learn to use your words. 😉  Your husband IS NOT a child and he won’t find it amusing to be treated like one.  It is much better to calmly look at him and say “I feel like you’re being disrespectful to me when I ask for help and you don’t give it” instead of “I’m sick and tired of asking you over and over to help.”  See the difference?

I hope this helps a few of you out!  Good luck!

Have you tried any of these techniques before?  Tell me how they helped or didn’t work!