Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: East Central SK
Annoyed at the vet's
I took Shania in for a check up today and to get her anal glands expressed again.
There's still so hope for her right eye. Pressures were measured for her eye and they aren't that high. What seems to be giving her problems are the secondary symptoms of the glaucoma. We are trying a new med for a week. Travatan. If it doesn't bring relief we'll will be looking at removing the eye.
She'll be getting a dental either way. It's just a question of if it is going to be here in town or up at the U of S.
So, considering, it was a pretty good check up.
The annoyed part starts when we exit the exam room. Shania's usually a sweetheart at the vet, just soaking up the attention. Today she's been clingy. Actually it's been most of this week. So she really wants to leave. We come out the door and get ambushed but this black terrierish type dog. No leash, runs right up, nose first into Shania's butt from where it had been harassing a Cavalier KCS in its owner's lap. It apparently belongs to a mom and two young girls that were in the waiting room.
With Shania in the mood she's been in and with her eyes still frozen from the tests I got worried about her retaliating and I called her away. Mom then pulled her dog away from Shania but then let it go to explore the rest of the waiting room. It went over to annoy another Shih Tzu that was checking out.
This apparently meant that the kids could bug the other dogs (as opposed to controlling their own). The older (10/11 yo) walked up and smooshed her face in the Cavie's. Wow. Someone is asking to get bit. Her little sister of course decided that the little white dog (Shania) needed to be mauled too. I was able to stop her before she grabbed Shania's face by letting my purse swing down between them. I know she looks like a fluffy teddy bear, I know she is absolutely adorable, and those two top knots are just irresistible. BUT, she can be intimidated by strange children, especially obnoxious ones and I don't know how well she is seeing with her eyes frozen. I let the kid know she wasn't feeling well and I didn't know how she would react to strangers so that she would leave her alone. After that her mom decided to keep a hand on her dog's collar.
I had to wait to pay for these people to finish. While mom was waiting for her payment to go through older daughter says "I'm going to take him out." Opened the door and left. Just let the dog walk out, still no leash. This clinic is on the main street of town, two lanes each way, 50 kph speed limit. I think this dog is going to be back at the clinic real soon.
The only one not being annoyed by these kids and dog was the guy with the Boston Terrier puppy (baby, baby smaller than Shania's head puppy). He had it tucked in the crook of his arm and I didn't even see it until I sat down next to him to wait. I can imagine what I would have said to these kids/mother if it was my unvaccinated puppy being molested by kids who are going from one sick animal to another in a hospital waiting room.
I can understand wanting to snuggle cute puppies. I wanted to steal that Boston and just love up on it. However, sometimes you just can't. Is it seriously that hard to teach that to kids? Of course, maybe mom would have been able to pay more attention to her kids if she had bothered to snap a leash to her dog.