White Dog and The Other White Dog rushed to the door when we told them that they were going for a ride this morning. Another White Dog and Still Another White Dog pouted at being left behind but brightened up when they got pieces of duck jerky and a whisper that the others were going to "the vet."
It was time for annual Wellness Exams and shot updates for White Dog and her brother. Quinn was very stoic and calmly marched into Dr. Julia's office. White Dog hates even driving past the building and begins shaking and crying every time we pull into the parking lot and turn off the car. She had to be pried off of the floor on the driver's side of Pumpkin and carried in my arms in my wheelchair, howling and trembling and full of drama. Besides being spayed as a pup, White Dog has never had a bad vet experience and all of the staff go out of their way to gently and lovingly handle her; her reaction seems unwarranted.
The nervous girl went first and checked out picture perfectly. She is the ideal weight; her teeth are in fantastic shape; and she didn't even notice the distemper shot (her rabies is good for another year). After going back in the Lab for a heartworm test (negative), White Dog was scratching at the door, ready to go. She nervously agreed to wait in my arms while Quinn had his turn.
Our Big Boy also is a good weight. He is showing some signs of weakness in his vision but for now only needs glasses for reading. Dr. Julia would like to see more chewing of crunchy things (not Quinn's favorite edibles) and she pushed us to continue trying to brush his teeth. As a former neglected street pup, TOWD's teeth show the signs of his less than hygienic and nutritious past. He stood patiently as he was grabbed and lifted and given his shots, even though his sister whimpered in sympathy for his ordeal. He, too, is hw-free.
And just like that we were done. Quinn politely accepted a good job cookie at the front desk; White Dog dashed for the front door. Back in the car, White Dog tapped Steve to get the car moving FAST and did not stop panting until we were out of the building's sight.
At home, White Dog regaled her sisters with greatly exaggerated horror stories about the experience as they all munched on rabbit/apple/ginger cookies. Quinn shook his head at the drama and went to find a quiet place to nap.