How to Wrangle a Pup for a Vet Visit

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I tossed my handbag out of the way and dove for the pup. We had twenty minutes to lasso Spike, our three-month old lab rescue pup, and get him to his veterinarian appointment. The garage door was closed, so Princess Buttercup (PB) and I edged toward him with his collar and his leash.

It was a dirty job. Spike had spilled a half-gallon of PB’s bubbles on the garage floor, and he slid around on it with his big, webbed Labrador paws. I got down on my knees and slipped the collar around his neck, wrestling the pup the entire time. Standing up, I brushed bubbles, shedded doggy hair, and dirt from my knees. PB held Spike’s leash as I ran inside and washed pup slobber from my hands.

The first chore was done.

Princess Buttercup hung on to Spike as we backed out of the garage. To distract him for the car ride, PB had brought along a plastic “bone” that Spike and Snuggles usually argued over. For some reason, Spike suddenly had no interest in the toy. Instead he went for whatever piece of car he could fit into his mouth.

PB busied herself tossing stuff into the car’s hatch to get her toys away from Spike. I gave him an empty Happy Meal container, which kept him busy (and his teeth away from the car) until we got to the vet’s.

At the vet’s:

Getting a big pup onto vet scales is a feat. Spike now weighs about 30 pounds. He’s a big ball of cute puppy energy! He likes our vet, who he could hear from the other side of the door. Spike jumped on the door and tried to turn the door knob with his paws and his mouth. He just can’t quite figure out why the humans can open a door and he can’t!

When it was time to pay for the visit, I realized that I didn’t have my purse!! I drove all that way with no license and now had no way to pay.

Fortunately, the vet allowed us to pay later, and we made it home without being stopped for a random license check.

I found my purse high up on Lefty’s tool box. Yeah…weird!

Later that evening, Lefty asked, “Why is Snuggles’ food all wet?” It was just another casualty of spilled bubbles and taking a pup to the vet.

Purse on toolbox.

Purse on toolbox.

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