Every little kid who wants to be a vet someday says it’s because they love puppies and kittens and think we get to play with them all day. And then we smile, trying not to look too discouraging, as we encourage their dream while thinking of all the cancer euthanasias, anal sac abscesses, and “it-just-started-yesterday-I-swear” 10 centimeter pedunculated, bloody masses.
Some people thrive on all that stuff. Me, I never got beyond the 10 year old version of being a vet. I like preventive care. I like seeing and maintaining health more than I do fixing it once it’s broken. That is boring to some, but it’s what I enjoy. And when I was in Granada with World Vets, my favorite afternoons were the ones we spent doing impromptu street clinics for the outlying neighborhoods, because guess what we got to see?
Healthy pets. Puppies and kittens galore. And we got to do treatments to keep them healthy, and this made me very happy. Preventive care and humane education are crucial to this type of program’s success, and they give us an excellent excuse to go and interact with gaggles of fluffy awesomeness.
Teensy, tiny tongues slay me.
Yeah man, it’s cool, just getting a rabies vaccine. It’s all good.
Why yes, I did know rabies was a zoonotic disease. This is good to know.
All right, who ate frijoles for breakfast?
Lion King auditions are next week, ok, Simba? Simmer down.
Thanks, Dr. Lester.
Let me reward you for your service by being exceptionally adorable.
Yes, I agree, it’s weird that we haven’t seen any- hey, what’s in the bag?
Kittens, that’s what.
No one can resist a kitten. This is why they rule the universe.
Stare deep into my eyes….yes, you’re getting sleepy….yes, you reach for that can of tuna….
I’ll be just as cute in the States as I am here. Thank for adopting me.
Now excuse me while I go take a nap in your pocket.