Traveling Dog Lady: Today is Charlie Day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Today is Charlie Day!

Honestly, I don't know why I am so afraid to take Charlie Brown places, because we went to the vet today and just had the most amazing morning!  As you may know, his most recent vet appointment revealed that he had contracted anaplasmosis.  I'll be writing about that on April 1st as my first post of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  Charlie was on antibiotics for two weeks, and today was his follow-up appointment.  He just needed a pat on the head and an extra booster vaccine for leptospirosis (that will be my post for the letter "L" on April 14th, assuming I make it that far!).  Well, I don't know why I am so nervous because he was so well-behaved, I am very proud of him, and impressed with him.  I take none of the credit, being my same anxiety-ridden self.

Charlie was greeted at the door by J.J., the vet tech's chow-chow who is always on-premises.  Charlie, ever the boss at home, was very gentlemanly, submissive and polite to J.J.  Hey, after all, this was J.J.'s territory.  Then, Charlie got onto the scale and sat down while I weighed him! Then, he did it again for the vet tech when he wanted to double-check his weight! None of my other dogs ever cooperate on the scale.

We went into the exam room to wait for the vet.  As a human, I can only imagine what the smells in the exam room are like.  Lots of pheromones, I suppose.  Charlie, being part hound, took a reading on every smell in that room.  And then, he started "talking" to me.  It was so funny!  I swear he was trying to form words.  Hounds do that -- a lot of times they sound like they're saying English words.

I wish I had brought my phone with me, but I wanted to travel light, so I left it at home.... therefore,
I didn't get any pictures of Our True Gentleman lying down at the vet's office.  What?!!! None of my dogs, except Cooper (the veterinary-appointment expert) lie down at the vet's office!

When we checked out and were paying the bill, he sat beside me like a perfect gentleman and waited for me to pay.

Charlie Brown was also very calm and courteous getting out of the car (always an issue because... why is every vet's office located on the busiest highway in town?).  I am always afraid someone is going to slip a leash, or jump out of a crate into oncoming traffic.  Charlie was a real champ, gently stepping out of the car and waiting for me to grapple with him.

As with every other problem with my dogs, the problem is me, not them.  I need to take him places more often!

Part two of Charlie Day is this evening, when we are going to see Charlie Farren and his former band, Farrenheit, perform at a reunion concert with dinner.  It's like a dinner theatre type of place, but with rock 'n' roll.  I'm psyched about the menu, which has a more-than-adequate selection of vegetarian choices.  Yay!

Have a great weekend.  Thanks for reading.

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