Thursday, February 18, 2010
Let's see if I can remember how to do this... I know it has been almost a year(eleven months to be exact) since I have written anything on this blog. I know some of you may have thought I ran away- but you are in luck- I'm back!
Today I took Baxter to the vet for a checkup and the dreaded shots. I hate going to the human doctor office's and feel the same about going to the vet. As we entered the "doctors office" we were greeted with "good morning" by someone who was a bit too perky for my liking, especially that early in the morning. Baxter seemed to be the star of the show with the receptionist oohing and awing over his tri colored markings. As I filled out the paperwork Baxter sniffed around curiously at his new, unfamiliar surroundings. There was a black dog waiting in line next to us, and I can only imagine what doggy conversation ensued.
The over caffeinated receptionist took Baxter for a picture for his file, I guess so they can keep track of him and show his progress. The attempts at trying to get him to "smile" made me laugh- with the perky gal saying to him "Smile, Baxter". Needless to say he didn't emerge with a happy face. We were escorted into the exam room to wait for the doctor.
Veterinarian exam rooms look exactly like doctors office exam rooms, except there are xrays of cats, tooth models of dogs, and various other critter medical paraphernalia around the room. A vet tech came into the room to inform me that the doctor would be in soon, and that Baxter would be receiving a senior exam due to his age. I almost laughed out loud when she said senior. I know my dog is older, but a senior? He is still a puppy!
I guess it is the same as parents referring to their children as their "babies". I expected a senior dog to act differently I guess, needing reading glasses, using a cane, and just being older. Baxter is the same dog he was nine years ago. He still likes to sleep in, bark at rabbits, people, the wind, etc, and go for car rides. I don't think his senior age status has changed him any, but I may try to use it for a senior discount at Pet Smart.