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4/24/15 Of Rabies Shots and Garter Snakes

Mom, Dad, and Jamie all pitched in to give me a bath last night. Mom bought a special shampoo for white dogs with touchy skin – it has something called, “Argan Oil” in it, and smells like oranges. Anyway, there we all were: me, in the stand-up shower, soaking wet; Mom, kneeling in front, sudsing me up; Dad and Jamie, taking turns with the nozzle; and then everyone chasing me with towels. But not before I got a good shake in, woof!

I wondered why they were making such a fuss. But when they were done I practically glowed in the dark. I was so pleased with my appearance that I didn’t even “Hairy Bullet” around without my collar on. A first!

I overheard Mom telling Dad, “She’s got to look her best tomorrow. She’s going to see Dr. Craig for her s.h.o.t.s.” Now, Mom knows I am a top speller EXCEPT for when she spells the words out loud. So I was a tad bit annoyed with her for being so childish. But I did hear, “Dr. Craig”, and so I went to bed happy. He was probably going to give me a checkup from the last experience I’d had in the kennel.

The morning was bright and we saw this guy out on the lawn:

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He looks big and fearsome, doesn’t he? But I know he’s just a garter snake, completely harmless. We’ve got a whole bunch of them living under the front porch. They come out in the sun to warm themselves. They sound like dried leaves when they slither away. Mom thinks it’s funny when they lie upon the tops of the bushes. Once she said, “Who left this rope here on top of the bush?” But when she reached out to pick it up, said “rope” disappeared quickly!

We walked out and clambered into Zeus. Mom had given me a motion sickness tablet early in the morning, slathered with peanut butter, and so we knew we were in for a comfortable ride.

Mom pulled up to the Oak Forest Animal Clinic in a jiffy. I could hear the low, friendly, tones of Dr. Craig’s voice coming out of Exam Room 2. I whimpered a little as the waiting area filled up with big dogs, one a very large Pit, a male, MUCH bigger than me. But, although I got a little growly, Mom put me between her knees and scolded me quietly that I didn’t need to protect her right now. I kept an eye on this guy, and settled down quickly when I realized he was minding his own business. In a few minutes, I was called into Room 2.

I was delighted to see Dr. Craig and his wonderful assistants. Mom hoisted me up on the scale/table. I had put on 2 pounds (so I was back to my normal weight) since my dehydration issue. Dr. Craig was pleased. They all laughed as my tail was everywhere at once and my kisses were, too. I had a great examination. Dr. Craig gave me 2 shots (so THAT’S  what all the spelling was about!) and a blood test. Everyone praised me and petted me and said how smart and happy I was. Soon we were going home with a bag of heartworm “treats”, flea & tick medication, the all-important “rabies” tag, and a stuffed animal that Mom says isn’t going to last two seconds.

Mom took me out back to go potty and gave me a dog cookie for being good. Mom is so crazy. She talks to me in this little bitty voice and says, “Does my good girl want tookie?” I humor her, though.

Mom told me to lie down and take it easy after my big morning. I had a great nap, and I’m going for a walk in a few minutes. It’s really a very nice day outside. I wonder if the garter snakes are back out?

Woof! Love, Maggie

2/6/15 Update from Vet’s Visit

Yesterday, Mom and Jamie took me in the late afternoon to see my favorite Vet, Dr. Craig, over at Oak Forest Animal Clinic.

I LOVE going to the Vet! There are always new dogs to see, cats in carriers, many interesting smells, and lots of friendly humans.

One pretty dog that was there – I’ll call her Gingie – had a sad look on her face because she twisted her knee and tore something. Another very hairy dog, I think it was an Afghan, was there for a checkup.  A feisty Chihuahua came in to be boarded over the weekend, and when they went to take him in back, he put out his legs and put on the brakes just like I do when Mom tries to put me in the crate. It was an enjoyable experience to see fellow animals.

I waited my turn and even “sat” between Mom and Jamie. When it was my turn to be called, we went into the little examining room. I found a tuft of hair on the floor (probably from the Afghan) and started to eat it. Mom had a horrified expression on her face! She reached down and wiped the hair out of my mouth and said, “Yucky! Don’t eat that!” Sometimes I like to do stuff like that to Mom, just to keep her on her game.

Mom hoisted me onto the table when the Doctor walked in with his assistant. I immediately recognized him and went wild with joy. While he evaluated the bumps on my back, I tried to crane my neck around to kiss him. Eventually, he relented and let me lick his whole face and hands. Dr. Craig says that I am the happiest dog he ever saw.

Dr. Craig found some scabs mixed in with the bumps. These are from the thorn thicket that I ran through. So, since I have a mild skin infection from that adventure, he prescribed me some antibiotics and told Mom and Jamie to continue to bathe me with the Phyto-Vet shampoo. Then he poured some tickly stuff in my ears because he said they were “a little waxy” and he prescribed this ear wash for me, as well. So I have weekly baths and ear washes to look forward to (not), although I didn’t mind at all when Dr. Craig massaged my ears.

Dr. Craig then gave me a quick checkup and I scored very high. My teeth are good, and heart, muscles, eyes, and everything check out OK. Dr. Craig shook Mom’s hand and then Jamie hustled me out to Zeus while Mom paid the nice lady at the office and got my prescriptions.

Oh, the ride to and from the Vet’s office was uneventful since Mom had coated a motion sickness pill with peanut butter (yum!) and given it to me an hour before we traveled. My stomach is VERY touchy.

So, with nothing seriously wrong and a few baths in my future, I thought I’d post my after-Vet pic:comehither

I feel good! Have a great Saturday!

Woof! Love, Maggie