We made a trip yesterday down to the local veterinarians office to take Cindy’s Dads dog Buddy, he is a Border Collie and has such a good demeanor about him, I have seen other animals and humans both at the Vet’s office who were better off left outside for a bit of training before brought into a situation with a bunch of other animals and people.
The cast of characters waiting in the busy office this day ranged from the quiet one sitting and shaking in the corner to the yappy one who was bouncing from person to person making sure everyone knew she was there, the one in the corner appeared scared to death and not very comfortable in a large group of people he just sat there quietly with his eyes shifting from person to person like he was trying to avoid anyone speaking to him, the one bouncing around the room seemed to want everyone’s attention and did her best to visit each person individually to make sure she was seen, there were a couple sitting by the door that I feel were raised together, they seemed to compete with the one visiting everyone and their yapping gained quite a few looks and stares from everyone in the room, then there was the one who was in the office for the very first time, you could tell she had no idea what was going on and simply did not really want to be there but had no choice so her demeanor was not the best I have ever seen.
Then there were the animals that in my opinion were better behaved than the humans, Buddy as I mentioned has a very good demeanor and just sat there watching the goings on in the room without getting himself into any trouble, The quiet one in the corner had a cat in a carrier and never made any conversation with anyone, getting up and going back when his cat’s name was called and hurrying out at the end of his visit, the couple by the door had a large dog that weighed one hundred thirty pounds, he was a mix between a Shepherd and Golden Lab and the weight was something they couldn’t control they told everyone, this big guy sat there and was actually well behaved from the time they brought him to when he was loaded into the backseat of the convertible sports car and had his ears flying backwards as they pulled out of the parking lot, the young girl who was in for her first time had a small cat that was only a few weeks old and from what she knew was nothing about this cat other than it needed to be seen by the vet, heck she didn’t even know if it was male or female but at least she was taking care of it. The one bouncing from person to person actually was very interesting, while we were waiting for Buddy to get some blood work done we walked out to see this lady’s pig, he was huge and very well behaved, very clean and well taken care of, needless to say he was using the back door to go in and see the vet, I can just imagine had he come in through the front.
Buddy passed his checkup with flying colors and we like to never got him back due to his good nature I am thinking, we got to pay the bill and still had no dog, asked where Buddy was and the girl just grinned saying, Did you have a dog? I replied well we came in with one, she called back and asked if Buddy was ready to go, it seems he was visiting with the staff and having a snack before coming out to where we were waiting, going from the waiting area to the pick up and entrance to examining room area is where all the animals have to get on the scale for their weight to be documented, when we were called to meet Buddy after his visiting time the receptionist pointed us in the proper direction and by instinct pointed to the scale, I asked if she really wanted my weight and after a blank stare I actually got a laugh from her and the confirmation that I could skip it this time. We got to Buddy and made our way to the door, I think I heard a heavy sigh from the crowd as the announcement was made as the door closed behind us “Buddy has left the building” everyone please remain in your seats, well maybe this didn’t happen but it could have.
Buddy was diagnosed with cancer not long after this trip, it had already gone too far for any chance of reversal and so we all had to say a tearful goodbye to a wonderful dog who always made you smile.