As with several things in my house, last week I remembered that my pets were due for their rabies injections. Every year, Grant and I would buy the meds and syringes from the vet, bring them home and administer them ourselves. The dogs were reasonably easy: Grant would get hold of a scruff, I'd insert the needle and squeeze. Sometimes the dog would feel the prick but more often than not, as we let go, it would dash off across the lawn and run around in circles!
The cats are another different ball game; Grant would grip the cat's neck, hold its body firmly under his arm and I would inject. Only to have a mad explosion as the cat felt the needle. Often with claws extended which always freaked Grant out!
Then, because we have four cats, I'd grab a second one before it bolted (somehow they just KNOW), Grant would grip the scruff, body under his arm and I inject.
This morning the state vet visited the area. There was a notice in our local Valley newspaper and also on Facebook. I was just wondering how I'd manage this year, even bringing the cats in cages to the center. when the neighbor's daughter, Jenna said she would collect innoculations from the vet, have the books stamped. She'd take the meds home and this evening, her dad will inject with her assisting him.
The people started arriving as soon as the vet opened his mobile clinic.
Soon Jenna arrived with three small dogs in her car. Because she was going to request meds for 27 dogs and cats (yes, that's not a typo - 27!) her mum suggested she take the little dogs along as proof that we actually do have dogs on the farm!
Jenna counts the pets' medical passports - there are 27!
Snookie on the right, belongs to Fran and Neil who own the supermarket near the caravan park. th eother little dog is owned by 82 year old Di WIlkenson who is the local postmistress and has her own business setting out pamphlets in all the businesses in the Valley and in Winterton. Di has decided I When Di saw me, she bent down to her little dog (which she says is very old) and said: Benji, say hi to Jozie. I bent down and patted the dear old head!
Frant's larger dogs were in the back of her vehicle. She opened it a crack and the vet injected both dogs through this gap!
Jenna's dad's dog, Scooter, sniffed at my camera lens as I took a photo of her
This feisty Scottish Terrier snapped at the vet as he inserted the needle into her neck! Typical Scottie!
As I watched from the veranda, my friend Lynette arrived with her cat - the only one to be brought for anti-rabies inoculations today!
Champ - the only cat on the block today!
Chanp and his mama, Lynette
So all that remains now, is for my four cats and big black dog to be injected this evening. An update to follow later!
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