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August 4, 2015

An Old Vet

Eko’s an old vet. After 4+ years of putting up with my antics and 1+ years of keeping Penny in line, there’s not much that fazes him.  Eko’s default face is a stoic one But this week my vet had to go to THE vet for his
Eko’s an old vet. After 4+ years of putting up with my antics and 1+ years of keeping Penny in line, there’s not much that fazes him. Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

Eko’s default face is a stoic one

But this week my vet had to go to THE vet for his annual check-up/boosters.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

Our vet’s board always welcomes new patients. This crop of names might be the best I’ve ever seen on one board

Penny thinks the vet’s office is an extension of the dog beach and tries to wrestle every dog there. Eko is the exact opposite.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

He calmly sits while I feed him treats 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

Back in the exam room all Eko needs is a few encouraging butt-scratches and he’s good to go

As he tends to do, Eko buttered up the tech and our vet with plenty of kisses. Compared to life with Penny, their prods and pokes were a vacation. “I wish all my patients were as easy as you!” Dr. Baker said to Eko.

“You forgot we haven’t done the shots yet,” I laughed.

“Ohhhh righttttt….”

Eko, the perfect patient, the old veteran, is the BIGGEST baby when it comes to needles.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

“Did you say needle? I’d rather have two Pennys than ever see another needle.”

For the boosters I managed to quell Eko with plenty of love/treats. But when he had to go back to get his blood drawn his screams shook the foundation of the building. Of course as soon as he was back in my arms he was as cool as a cucumber again. For a grizzled veteran, Eko really knows how to put on an act.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

The good news is that Eko is perfectly healthy and in great shape!

Now don’t tell Penny, but Eko’s vitals looked even better than they did last year. It seems keeping up with Penny keeps Eko young.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, vet

“Ya hear that bro? I’m good for ya!”

So yes, Eko is my old vet. But when it comes to shots at THE vet, he’s still the same little squeal-prone stinker he once was. And that’s more than okay. No matter how old Eko gets he’ll always be my puppy!

Comments for An Old Vet

  1. I would like to see the pets behind the names… bet Zippy Rutstein is a cat :o) Great that you got good news Eko, give the girl a hug seems she is the best treatment on four legs :o) My vet says nearly the same but somehow vice versa to me: I’m glad that all my patients aren’t like Easy :o)

  2. Good job, E. In my experience, every scream and shiver at the vet increases the treats and cuddles exponentially.

    Love and licks,

  3. Victoria says:

    Thats ok – i understand – i am a big baby when it comes to shots too (although i try not to squeal!)

  4. Emmadog says:

    I’m terrified of the vet. Katie and I both shake with fear when we arrive and sometimes I refuse to walk in and have to be carried in. Bailie is fine with it and loves being there. Something is definitely wrong with that pup! I’m with Eko, put on the drama, make it painful for your human if you can.

  5. Kismet says:

    There’s still a bit of puppy in all of them, no matter how old they are.

  6. Awww what a sweetheart!! Do you believe that my crazy Sheltie-boy (who barks at leaves, and every dog known to man that he encounters), is the perfect, quiet gentleman at the Vet?
    It doesn’t bother him a bit, which shocks me.
    I think it is because his breeder was also a Veterinarian, and I think he became comfortable with all of the poking/prodding at a super young age.

  7. dashlilly says:

    Dash — stoic throughout everything (except the night he had to spend at the vet, nightmare for all of us) But Lilly — makes me a liar every time. She hangs all over me when we arrive, she sits under my chair, she hides in the corner when the tech comes into the room. Then, when it is time to go back for the blood draw or shots? Waggy tail, smiles, she prances along and the report from the vet: “Oh she was delightful. No problem. what a sweetie.” And then, of course, treats….

  8. Having Penny is certainly giving Eko a “run for his money” and obviously they are a beautifully bonded pair. They always keep a bit of puppy or kitten in them (even Sam at almost 16!) – and certainly we humans are more than happy to act like kids once in a while too. Happy to hear Eko’s vitals are RIGHT ON!

    Pam and Sam

  9. coastingnz says:

    That is so classic – Nico is the same, needle, needle Mom!!!!!!! While Ziggy is more like needle ha is that as big as you’ve got bring it on dude…….. Boys are due for their annual check ups too – fun times lol

  10. OhMelvin says:

    Yay for a clean bill of health! Even if it did come with wild cries for help!

  11. Connie Taylor says:

    We had a dog who was great visiting the vet, but when it came time for the annual shot, oh my!!!! You would have thought we were all trying to kill him! The worse was the time they had to clean a small wound with pure WATER!!! He had all the animals in the clinic howling with him. As soon as we got home he was fine (till my husband asked about his wound, then he remembered he better limp on that leg for a while). He did enjoy the visits, just not the needles. (Must be a boy dog thing )

  12. raisingdaisy says:

    Glad to hear Eko’s checkup went so well. Daisy doesn’t like needles, but she’s pretty stoic about them. I, on the other hand…. ::shudder::

  13. Fozziemum says:

    Wonderful news that Eko is super healthy…indeed the young ones do keep the oldies on their toes…or paws 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

  14. Oh my word, I would never have guessed! Well I guess there are stranger things in this universe. Glad Eko got a clean bill of health and kudos to the P-girl for keeping on his toes.

  15. great news on a healthy visit

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