I took some selfies for Pet Day:
I took some selfies for Pet Day:
One of the neighbor ladies is over talking to my wife while Lightning and I entertain two of her three daughters, ages 3 and 7.
“I want a dog like Lightning,” the 7-year-old says. “We just have boring fish.”
“What does your mom say about that?” I ask.
“She says having a dog is a lot of work.”
“It is a lot of work.”
“She says the three of us are enough work already.”
Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.
I can hear a woman weeping loudly from back in the hospital area.
“That doesn’t sound good,” I say.
“A husky attacked her dog at the dog park,” Lauren says. “A little Yorkie. Broke its neck.”
“That’s awful.” I don’t even have the heart to ask her if she cut the pills on the lines.
I’m picking up a prescription for Lightning at the vet . . . the new girl, Lauren, is at the desk.
“It’s a little different this time,” Lauren says. “We didn’t have the Prednisone 5mg, so we’re giving you Prednisone 10mg, and instead of giving him half a tablet, you’ll give him a quarter of a tablet. I already cut them.”
“Oh gosh, thanks! Did you cut them on the lines?” Lauren is new so she hasn’t heard this one yet.
“To the best of my ability.”
“That’s good. Lightning doesn’t like it when they’re not cut on the lines.”
She’s not getting the joke but that’s okay. I’ll help her out by taking it completely into the realm of the absurd.
“He feels like it doesn’t show attention to detail,” I say.
“I’ll make a note of that for next time.”
“Yes, you should do that. Go ahead and write it on his chart.”
Pet owners — I know this from spending a lot of time at dog parks — are likely to attribute all sorts of human thoughts and emotions to their animals, so I guess if you work in a veterinary clinic, you can’t assume that customers are joking just because what they’re saying is totally irrational . . .
I dropped Lightning off at the vet for grooming . . .
“Make it like a spa day for him,” I said. “With lots of pampering. Don’t just put him in the sink and soak him down like we do at home. Make it free pampering though, nothing that will cause extra charges to accrue. By the way, where’s Erica?”
Erica is usually at the desk on weekends but today there was a new girl. The new girl, Lauren, said that Erica is moving to Arizona and won’t be working there anymore.
“She will be greatly missed,” Lauren said.
She sure will. People are insane when it comes to their pets and Erica was always extremely patient and attentive — extremely.
I wish I had the kind of personality that makes people miss me when I go away but oh well . . . I guess I have other qualities. Everyone’s different.
Later, when I picked Lightning up, they’d put a bow around his neck, which is a new thing. Usually they don’t decorate the dog.
“Oh that’s nice,” I said. “Is there an extra charge for that?”
“Yeah,” said Lauren, “it’s 50 dollars.”
I miss Erica . . .
Gov’t delays requiring rearview cameras in cars — Associated Press
Rearview cameras in cars seem like a good idea. Who wants to accidentally back over a child or a pet, right? It’s upsetting, not to mention whoever the child or pet belonged to is probably going to hold it against you forever.
Let’s make rearview cameras required by law.
In fact, let’s make rearview and frontview cameras required, because kids and pets can get under the front of your car too, and running over them is bad, no matter what direction you’re going.
I’ve seen TV commercials where cars can detect obstacles in their path and stop automatically to avoid a collision. That’s great. Let’s make that required too.
In fact, let’s make so many features required by law that you can’t even buy a car anymore for less than $50,000.
You know what else is a good idea? Freedom, which is the reason we started up this country in the first place. Let people buy and sell whatever they want.