It certainly was a crazy morning here at our house. One of our dogs was scheduled for surgery and had to be at the clinic at 8 a.m. He was not happy about it, and when an almost 100 lb. dog decides he is not happy about something it makes for an interesting tale.
It all started last night when we had to crate him. Samson is one of the most food oriented dogs I have ever seen. Hold a dog biscuit in front of him for more than five seconds and you have a puddle of drool on the floor at his feet. So because he had to be NPO (nothing by mouth) before his surgery, we had to crate him, or he would have managed to eat something even if it was not really something edible. So we hauled the monster sized crate out of storage and set it up in the dog den next to Nakita’s crate. (The only dog I have crate trained in years is Nakita, and then only because she is related to Houdini.) We put Samson in the crate, but no sooner had we settled into bed to watch an evening movie, when the howling began. Samson it seems does not like small spaces, the crate is quite spacious even for a dog his size but he simply sees no reason why he should be confined. Well we could not have this dog howling all night long, what would the neighbors think? So we tried the bark collar (the ones that emit high pitched sound when a dog barks) but that did not stop him. Eventually we were forced to muzzle him or get up in the morning bleary eyed and sleepless. Finally all was quiet and we settled down to sleep. At 6 o’clock this morning an unholy whining could be heard from the dog den. It seems Samson had had enough of confinement and was voicing his displeasure, but since he was muzzled he could not bark so he set about whining as loudly as possible. Our furry alarm clock had spoken, it was time to start our day. Samson wanted out of that crate and he wanted that muzzle off! He got his one wish but we could not remove his muzzle or he would head straight for the food dish. So Samson wandered around pawing at the muzzle and bumping into everything in sight until it was time to leave for the clinic.
Samson does not like to ride in the car, so we have to get a running start and trick him into jumping into the back of the wagon. This morning thank goodness he did not make putting him in the car an issue. With the rest of the dogs settled in the house and Samson in the car we set off for the clinic. We use a high volume low cost Spay and Neuter clinic to sterilize our rescues, and they have some very strict criteria for how things are run. You must arrive with your pet on the dot of eight, no later, and leave your pet in the car while you do the paperwork. I have already mentioned that Samson does not like the car, so leaving him alone in a vehicle is out of the question if you want to come back to an intact car. My husband took an hour off work and came with me so he could walk Samson around the parking lot while I did the paperwork. A good plan in theory…in execution not so much!
I went into the clinic to get the paperwork started. As I got to the door a clinic employee was giving an orientation talk so we were all waiting to hear what she had to say. A woman standing beside me had broken the rules and was holding her cat in her arms. That is when Samson escaped as my husband was taking him out of the car. He began running around the parking lot looking for “MOM.” Spotting me he made a beeline for me, and the woman next to me panicked thinking he was going after her cat. I managed to grab him by the collar just as he discovered the cat. Samson contained (my husband took him for a walk) I proceeded to finish the paperwork, we took Samson in, and we will pick him up at 5 this evening groggy, sore, but incapable of breeding! In a society where there are so many unwanted pets in shelters, is it not MY responsibility to ensure that my pet does not add to the problem? I feel that it is, and so all my pets are spayed or neutered or scheduled to be so soon.
If your pet is not spayed or neutered please have them spayed or neutered. If cost is an issue check into low cost spay and neuter clinics that may operate in your area. It is important not only to control the pet population, but spaying and neutering are healthier for your pet and could prolong their life. If there is something you can do for your pet to ensure they live a longer healthier life, don’t you want to do it?
Until Next Time Remember
WE ARE THEIR ONLY VOICE