Monday, July 15, 2019

Mischief Monday -The Annual Day of Torture - by Zaphod

Dear pals,

You know I am a very good boy, so I don't understand why sometimes the Lady does the most horrible things to me. Last week, I was excited to go in the car with just her! But then I realized, no good was coming from this.

I had only thrown up a little, when we arrived at our first destination, Day Camp. I showed Lady my displeasure by peeing on a post in the store (even after she had me pee on 100 things outside of it). I tried to jump into her arms before being led to the back.

When Lady returned 87 million hours later., I was in a playroom, standing by the door. I was so excited to see her. Camp gave me a good report, so Lady was pleased I was not embarrassing, but is sure I just spent most of the day standing by the door. I don't really play with other dogs. 

This is when the day got worse. Lady took me to the V-E-T for my annual checkup. While waiting for my turn, a stranger with a cane approached. I did my best guard duties by moving between my Lady and her and trying to push my Lady away. As you know, I don't like walking sticks or canes. I don't remember why. Lady thinks it is because I was hit when I lived with the dragons, before my brave escape. At any rate, Lady told the stranger I didn't like sticks, so she hid it and kept petting me (which I tolerated). Lots of people were interested in me in the clinic, which Lady thought was weird because clearly I was stressed. Most of them were cat owners, so you would think they would understand pets being stressed at the clinic. 

Checking the peemail outside

Finally, it was my turn. I weigh just over 78 lbs. It is perfect. I seem in good health. At about age 8, I have another year or two before I have to move to senior food. Dr. W, swabbed my ear and looked at it under a microscope. My ear wax is yeasty.  He diagnosed "allergy ear" and gave Lady a heavy duty cleaner with cortisol. I have to clean my ears 2 times a day for a week, then once a day. Dr. W. said he hopes we can get to cleaning them every 2-3 days, and that may be the best we can do. I tolerate the cleaning and hate to admit but my ears are much better. I was brave for my shots too.

Waiting my turn

Lady was talking to one of the vet techs who she had not met (or didn't remember meeting), but had been at the clinic for 13 years. Lady said, "you must remember my first dog, Loki." She said "Of course I do." Loki had immune mediated hepatitis that caused psoriasis of the liver. He had 11 months of intense treatment before going to the bridge at age 8. They still talk about his case and his file still exists. He died over 9 years ago.  That is how weird a thing he had. 

So in the end, I got treats, and shots, and pets, had to protect my Lady and then we got to come home.

It was a very tiring day. I don't look forward to it next year.

Your healthy pal, Phod


  1. Phod that was a nice stranger who tried to make the best of that situation!!!! and we wish all strangers with a cane would act like the one you met. hugs to you and concats that your checkup is done without the evil d-word...

  2. Hari OM
    Zaphod, you are one superstar for getting through that day without going whacko in panic! You did good and I am certain that Lady gave you extra treats that night... DIDN'T SHE??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Well Phod I think you did very well, especially tolerating the petting and all that interfering with your ears. But they goodness you don't have to go through it all for another year...
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who has a trip to the vet for rabies vaccinations in his near future, in preparation for an exciting holiday in Germany in October).

  4. I can imagine that was a very stressful day. Hope today will be more relaxing.

  5. word above you had false hope of a day with Lady all to yourself...
    I'm very proud of how you behaved at Camp and the VET BUTT for sure you deserved 87 lbs of
    the finest Dog Food available. I understand you 'issues' with canes. Our Toto was so fearless until he saw someone in a hat. Scared the pp out of him every time. We decided he was obviously mistreated by someone in a hat.
    Hugs HiC

  6. We're glad to hear your checkup went well Phod. It sounds like a very exhausting day though.

  7. Your poor ears, Phod. This past Friday, I saw my vet for my rabies shot. I weighed 72 pounds, which didn't go over so well and Dr A had the nerve to tell mom to start feeding me LESS! I bet you were happy to be home after your stressful day.

  8. Sorry about your bad day. Hopefully you won't have to go back there for another year. (That's seven years in dog years, remember!)

  9. what a day you had, so glad you are safely home from that vet visit. big boy goes for his mid august but we are keeping that a secret...glad your weight is good

  10. You definitely need a big sleep, extra cuddles and treats! Well done. Don't know why people pat unknown dogs in the vets. It is a high-stress environment.

  11. Well done, Phod. You did your 'fur-mily' proud.

  12. We aren't crazy about that annual visit either, but at least there are lots of pets and a few yummy treats from the vet and vet techs. Our cousin Ruby is having a lot of trouble with her ears too and is enduring the ear washing too. We hope your ears get better.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  13. Sweet Phod we think you handled everything very well. Chancy don't like to go to the Vet either but his time is coming very soon...he doesn't know yet. You all have a wonderful week. Hugs and nose kisses

  14. YOu are such a very, very, very good boy Phoddy...We don't understand why your LAdy does these things to you either!! Sounds like you were SUCH a very good boy during all of it though, and we hope you were well rewarded!
    Jakey, Rosy & Arty

  15. I am very proud of your courage, P. Ear cleaning is no picnic, but it is a necessary evil like the annual visit to the vet's house. Well done. You will have some extra treats and a good night's sleep, I'm sure.

    Love and licks,

  16. Oh Phod, I gets the ear thingie! Mine are good after YEARS of battle, so take it from a ear infection survivor ~ here is a light at the end of the ear canal!! hehehehe {{{hugs}}}
    Glads you are one healthy dude, just remembers to gets lots of treaties for the ear cleaning!
    Ruby ♥

  17. Oh dear Phod, I have heard mom say something about me going to visit the vet later today. But it will be my last puppy shot so hopefully I don't have to go back for a few months.


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