All of a sudden, Murphy has stopped being naughty. I know, the day I prayed for. However, I would like to think that this was because of all the hard work and training I have put into this dog so far. But that was not the case.
When I first got Murphy, he would do this funny little “vibrato” thing with his mouth and his teeth would click together rapidly. After a little Internet research, I found out this was called “chattering”. I looked into the matter further and found out that some Labs do this. I had never heard of it. I could not really determine the circumstances by which he would do this as it occurred in his sleep, when he would first awaken, when he was waiting to be fed, when he would meet a new neighbor, and pretty much everything in between. So when he stopped being naughty, the chattering ramped up and one afternoon, he chattered non-stop and I just knew something was wrong. I called my Vet, Dr. Atwal, at Adam Pet Clinic in San Jose and took him in immediately. Dr. Atwal is the kindest and most intelligent Vet of all. He is like Dr. Doolittle and this is my third Lab with him. After a thorough exam, he discovered that Mr. Murph had an old split tooth that was split all the way down to the root and that was possibly causing him to chatter. Well, I immediatley felt like you-know-what, the negligent dog owner, however Dr. Atwal assured me that this had been there for a very long time and could be the cause of his chattering. Poor guy had been terribly neglected in his past. Dr. Atwal said Murphy was in a lot of tooth pain and we scheduled the extraction immediately and it was a whopping success. Now Murphy is pain-free, with sparkling teeth, which I will keep up with daily brushing. Will the Tooth Fairy still come tonight?
Will Murphy finally start behaving?