“It’s okay,” I told this little guy. “I used to have teeth that looked EXACTLY like this. Then I endured two and a half painful years of braces and a tooth ended up moving wayward on me anyhow. The point is, you’re beautiful, goddammit, and spunky, and you can fetch better than any pup I’ve ever seen. Wear this goofy-looking mouth with confidence and YOU WILL BE LOVED.” Then I kissed his nose and the inside flop of his ear, which I do with all dogs, because it’s soft.