Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Sugar, a 3-year-old deer Chihuahua holds still while Debra Coach paints her nails pink. “She’s going to be pretty in pink,” Coach said.
Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Sugar, a 3-year-old deer Chihuahua holds still while Debra Coach paints her nails pink. “She’s going to be pretty in pink,” Coach said.

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The Viewfinder: Owner treats dog to weekly nail painting, bath

Published 12:08am Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NATCHEZ — Atop a black tray table, Sugar, a 3-year-old deer Chihuahua, patiently allowed Debra Coach to apply hot pink nail polish to her paws.

Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Sugar, a 3-year-old deer Chihuahua, greets her owner Lakeshia Mitchell after being bathed and having her nail cut and painted.
Brittney Lohmiller / The Natchez Democrat — Sugar, a 3-year-old deer Chihuahua, greets her owner Lakeshia Mitchell after being bathed and having her nail cut and painted.

“She’s going to be pretty in pink,” Coach said as she swiped the pink liquid across Sugar’s freshly cut nails. “The pink is going to match her collar.”

Sugar looked down at her front paw to watch Coach’s hand pick it up and slowly move the tiny brush across equally tiny nails.

Sugar is a regular at Coach’s Dog Grooming, visiting approximately once a week for a bath or occasionally to have her nails painted.

“She’s so spoiled,” Lakeshia Mitchell, Sugar’s owner said. “She loves to be pampered.

“I bring her here because it makes her smell good, feel good and she looks good afterward.”

While Coach applied a second coat of polish, Sugar’s attention moved from watching Coach paint to watching the front door.

“She’s waiting for her mama,” Coach said. “She knows she’s almost done and that Lakeshia will be here soon.”

Screwing on the top of the nail polish bottle caused Sugar to become more restless.

The moment Sugar was removed from the tabletop she scurried to the front door of the grooming saloon.

Sugar’s head looked like she was watching a tennis match, moving from left to right while she waited for Mitchell.

When Mitchell’s car pulled into a parking space Sugar’s tail turned into a tan blur as she greeted her owner.

“Hi Sugar,” Mitchell said, as she bent down to pick-up her pet. “You smell so good and you’re nails are fabulous.”