Oddly enough I had written a children's book a couple of years ago called Taffy's Terrible Tooth. I sent it to a few children's book publishers in the hopes someone would want to publish it, but I was met with rejection after rejection.
I guess one of the perks of owning your own website and blog is you can publish whatever the heck you like. I therefore announce the online debut of Taffy's Terrible Tooth, starring Taffy our beloved beagle with supporting roles Busta and Sisi (our cats) and Mya (CakePop's Chorgi - Chihuahua/Corgi mix).
Taffy's Terrible Tooth
Tuesday began like a regular day
full of laughter and friends, leaps, fun and play.
But when it came time to gobble up lunch,
poor Taffy could not chew, chomp or munch.
Every time she bit down on a piece of her kibble,
the pain in her tooth would not let her nibble.
“What’s wrong?” Taffy wondered,
as her friends stopped to stare.
Miss Mya exclaimed “Get your tooth outta there.”
“It’s rotten and bad and it’s just gotta go.”
“I know the way, follow me and I’ll show.”
So Taffy and friends went out to the garden
to learn how to remove the tooth that was rotten.
With a hose in her teeth, Mya shouted “Watch out,
I’m going to squirt that mean tooth from your mouth.”
As the spray hit her face Taffy tried not to cry
but the fact is she would have much rather been dry.
“Did I get it?” asked Mya as she stood there with pride.
“Not at all” said Taffy who was soaked through her hide.
“Then onto Plan B” Mya said with a frown,
as she dug an earth worm up from out of the ground.
“Mr. Earthworm” asked Mya full of delight,
“would you mind helping Taffy regain her bite?”
“Not at all” said the earthworm who crawled right inside
“now be brave Taffy please, and try not to cry.”
The earthworm wrapped himself around the bad tooth
and he pushed and he pulled but it wouldn’t come loose.
“Looks like you’ll need to move on to Plan C.
Best of luck Taffy dear, but I’m not what you need.”
With a bend to her brow Mya grabbed Taffy’s tail
“We’ll get rid of that tooth and we shall prevail!”
Mya ran to the tree and pulled back a branch.
“We’ll bash that mean tooth out, it won’t stand a chance.”
So in front of the branch Taffy stood with a grin
then “WACK” came the tree as it stung her poor chin.
“Is it out?” shouted Mya “Not even a bit”
said Taffy as she coughed up leaves and spit.
“We’re running out of options” said Busta “follow me
and we’ll loosen that nasty old tooth you’ll see.”
So into the house they followed their friend
who pulled out some string form a blanket’s loose end.
Making a loop on both ends of the string,
the others wondered what this plan would bring.
“Tie one end to your tooth and the other to the door.
Don’t worry I’ve seen humans do this before.”
With a loop around her tooth and the other on the knob,
Taffy whimpered, “I’m scared” and she started to sob.
“Don’t worry” said Sisi, “just a quick little tug.”
Then “SLAM” went the door as Taffy ran across the rug.
“You have to stand still for it work,
if you follow the door you won’t feel the jerk.”
“Try again” Taffy said “but this time count slow,
so I know when it’s coming and can prepare for the blow.”
So Busta began “1…2…3…”
and Taffy followed the door just as scared as can be.
“This will never work if you keep giving in.”
“I’m sorry,” said Taffy “but I can’t seem to fin –“
Then came a slam of the door oh so quick,
and out came the tooth on the floor with a click.
“About time,” said Sisi as she pranced across the room,
“your tooth will feel better now I assume.”
“I feel great!” shouted Taffy. “Hooray!” said the friends.
“The tooth is all gone you can be on the mend.”
“Thank you all for your help, my tooth is now out,
but my tummy is empty and it’s starting to growl.”
As the four buddies returned to their lunch
they enjoyed every bite, every nibble and munch.
When Taffy lay down on her pillow that night
Mya said “Tuck your tooth underneath it real tight.”
“While you’re sleeping the tooth fairy will bring you a gift.
But you have to be sleeping, not a sound, not a sniff.”
When Taffy woke up the next morning she found
a shiny new collar lying there on the ground.
It glimmered and glitzed as she played in the grass
and she showed it with pride to every person who passed.
“I love my new collar and all of my friends.”
“Hooray!” they all shouted as new adventures began.
That nasty ol' tooth is out, and for now Taffy is on a strict diet of soft food and water for the next few days. Rather than pouring boiling water over her typical dry dog food (yuck!) I decided to whip up a puppy treat recipe of my own.
Taffy's Toothless Treats
4 packets of instant oatmeal
1 cup of shredded carrots
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp hot water
- Mix the peanut butter, hot water and honey together in the bowl first.
- Add the oatmeal, carrots and banana and mix together.
- Add the egg and mix one last time.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and scoop out cake mix with a spoon.
- Once cooled, roll the cake mix into balls with your hands.
- Makes about 12 balls.