We took Lurch to the vet today for his first checkup and shots but he didn’t survive the encounter and the veterinarian laughed about it.
The pup is just fine, but is in fact a female after all so we renamed her Starr. With two R’s, one for each undescended testicle. The vet laughed about us thinking her male after having been told she was female, and said something about how dogs are different in that department from cats. My response was simply that I’ve never really been one to look at animal genitalia, and that hangy downy thingy looked a mite large for a female part to me. Ignorance, dammit, is my excuse!
So now I am again aware that I am outnumbered, gender-wise, three to one. On the up side, we now have two critters sporting pagan-referenced names, both suggested by Amethyst and agreed to by my non-pagan heathen self. It’s all good.
Now, when she gets her feisty on, I call her Death Starr. I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but it makes Amethyst crazy when I say it so I can’t really help myself.
I weighed the pup a day or two after we brought her home and she (who was then still believed to be a she) weighed in at one pound, one ounce. A few days ago it was two pounds, two ounces. Today the vet got her at 2.4 pounds, or two pounds, six ounces. Not bad for three weeks growth.
The pupster didn’t react at all to either the thermometer in the tuchus or the needle in the, well, wherever it went after it disappeared into her fur. It might have helped that the vet gave her a snack before stabbing her and she was still snarfing it down during the shot. She scratched at a point near where the injection went a few minutes later, but hasn’t seemed at all bothered by it since. She must be a tough little chickie-pupster — I’d have whined like a little bitch, myself. 😀
I guess I just have to learn to accept that the dog is both smarter and tougher than I am.
I’ll leave you with this video… I rarely missed an episode of Midnight Special back in those days and remember seeing this one because it was a relatively big thing to see EW&F on the toob: