Last year I took my dog to the vets and the Vet and her staff were great.
Hamish adored his Vet- he didn’t even stress at his examination and didn’t care when she gave him his shots- he was just super happy to get those cookies that the Vet liked to give to her patients after giving them their shots.
Once I tried to explain Hamish spends some of his days fending off his 16 year old Cat brothers who stick him with their claws at least once a week and because they are old sometimes they cat pull their claws back out and I have to unhook them from each other.
I told her I don’t think a quick jab is stressing Hamish out at all but he likes cookies and she likes to give them to him so I dropped it.
Then she asked me, ” So, is Hamish a Daddy yet?”
I was stunned.
” He’s only three years old. ” I said in absolute shock. I fought the urge back to reach down and cover Hamish’s ears for fear of what she would ask next.
She looked at me in my leather jacket and ripped up jeans and somewhat fearsome makeup job and to her credit she didn’t do that fake cough you fall back on when you don’t want to laugh.
We chit chatted about dog foods and Hamish’s follow up appointments and that was that.
It took me awhile- like maybe an hour or ten to realize what I had said and then I realized:
I am one of THOSE dog owners who forgets her dog is a dog and not a human child in a fur jacket.
I don’t know when that mindset took hold of me or when it happened.
I could speculate the why of it all but on the other hand- I don’t think that is such a bad thing. I kind like this quirky person that I’ve become since Hamish came into my life as a 11 week old puppy.
I know this much, nobody seems to mind.
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