Ingenious dog owner customises old T-shirt to help clip her claws

Paw-fect hack: Ingenious dog owner customises old T-shirt to stop dinky dog turning into ‘something from the Exorcist’ when he clips her claws

  • Lindell Riffle, 37, from Greenville, South Carolina, battled to cut his dogs claws
  • He says two-year-old chihuahua-poodle cross Nug transformed when clipped 
  •  Came up with genius hack which allowed him to hold Nug and clip at same time
  • Cut four holes in an old T-shirt and gets inside the shirt with Nug as he clips 

A clever dog owner who was tired of his dog transforming into ‘something from the Exorcist’ every time he tried to clip her nails created a crafty hack using an old T-shirt.  

After years of battling his two-year-old chihuahua-poodle cross Nug, Lindell Riffle, 37, from Greenville, South Carolina, decided to take matters into his own hands, cutting out four holes in an old shirt which he could pop her legs into.  

A sweet clip shows how the 45-minute nightmare has been reduced to a breezy 10-minute job as Nug sits calmly with her paws stuck through the holes in the shirt and lets him finish the job. 


Lindel Riffle, 37, from Greenville, South Carolina, developed a genius way to stop his dog Nug from battling him when he tried to clip her nails 

Desperate to find a solution to their nail clipping woes, which saw Nug transforming into ‘something from the Exorcist’, Lindell (pictured with Nug) decided to get crafty and cut out four holes in T-shirt for Nug’s feet to poke through 

Now every three weeks when they go to clip her nails they place her in the shirt with Lindell and she appears at peace with the process

So content, Nug sits and watches the clippers approaching without a care in the world and does not even flinch when they cut.  

Lindell decided to get crafty after he became fed up of waging war with the pint-sized pooch when he pulled out the clippers every three weeks.

Before coming up with the ingenious hack, the 37-year-old routinely had to drag wife Michelle Riffle into the pampering sessions.

He said the experience transformed the tiny ‘ball of fluff and love’ into 6lbs of cold fury with ‘exorcist-level noises and scratches from hell’.

After trying different types of clippers, swaddling the dog in a towel and even a pricey dog grooming harness to no avail, Lindell took matters into his own hands.

The 6ft 2in glass factory operator embraced his crafty side and dug out an old tight-fitting t-shirt, measured Nug against it and cut out four holes where her legs could pop through. 

The two-year-old chihuahua-poodle cross used to find the experience stressful but now sits patiently and watches as the claw clippers approach


Before they found a solution, Lindell often had to drag wife Michelle Riffle (pictured) into the pampering sessions

He said: ‘Before I made the shirt it was very difficult. She was like a little mini tornado, she would fight us every step of the way tooth and nail.

‘After everything we tried didn’t work, I researched different things and spotted a front-facing dog harness.

‘I thought ‘I’ll never find one big enough to fit me that’s not going to be way too expensive’ so I decided to make something similar.

‘I’m so happy I found something that made her feel safe and secure, it’s great that doing her nails is now a breeze.

‘It usually takes less than ten minutes and she’s so calm during the process, which is completely different to how she was before.’

Writer Michelle, 36, said that Nug normally has a very sweet disposition and hates being apart from her owners, but when it came to getting her nails trimmed her personality would switch.

They tried out several different methods such as different types of clippers, swaddling the dog in a towel and even a pricey dog grooming harness to no avail

Michelle said: ‘She’s such a sweetheart but if I go to cut her nails she freaks on me too and yanks her foot out of your reach.

‘You can see how small she is but it was taking both me and my husband to do it – one of us who have to hold her still in our arms.

‘She kicks with her back legs and she will claw the c**p out of you.’

Animal lover Michelle, who also lives with Jack Russell Cyan, four, dorkie Coral, eight, and three-year-old rescue cat Mama, said that t-shirt harness had made an ‘amazing’ difference. 

In a hilarious Facebook post Michelle shared her hubby’s solution to Nug’s problem on Christmas Eve, writing: ‘This is Nug. My sweetheart.

The couple also live with Jack Russell Cyan, four, (left) dorkie Coral, eight, (second from right) and three-year-old rescue cat Mama (right)

Michelle shared her hubby’s solution to Nug’s problem on Facebook on Christmas Eve

‘Problem is Nug turns into 6lbs of nuclear explosion every time we attempt to cut her nails.’

She added: ‘This is her human dad’s cost-effective solution and it works like a charm thank goodness.’

Michelle edited her post to add: ”She’s a ball of fluff and love I swear! Believe me, my husband only ‘invented’ The Shirt after trying nearly everything, she’s feisty I’m telling you!’

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