Friday, November 23, 2007

A Victim of the Cascade Effect

You know how sometimes you want to just one little thing done? And when you go to do that one little, bitty, thing, you suddenly find that you must accomplish five or ten other tasks FIRST, before you can get to just the single, ONE thing you wanted to do?? Welcome to my world.
Jack our sweet little doggy has been doing this lately:
(this isn't Jack, I didn't think to video his antics)

As an experienced dog owner, I realized Jacky boy needed his glands cleaned out. Easy to fix, just make an appointment with the doggy groomer, less than a mile or so from our apartment. I did this last week. When I called, I found I needed Jack's rabies vaccination information. Can you see where the cascade is beginning? Well, since Princess is the one who adopted him from the pound, she is the one with the info. I call her and find out that Jack has NOT been vaccinated. AND, she lost the coupon to do it. I call and cancel Jack's groomer's appointment. I can see this is going to cascade out of control. I call the pound and find out that yes, I have another coupon, but I have to come and pick it up. Then I have to make an appointment with the vet to get it done. I do. I find out I had to watch Pea for an hour that day, so I pick up Tank, then pick up Pea, then go to the apartment, pick up Jack, take Jack and Pea to the vets, and get his shot. Yay! FYI, the vet said Jacky is healthy and about 3 years old. The next day I take Jack to the groomers, only to find out he needed to be vaccinated for 48 hours before his grooming appointment. So we make ANOTHER appointment for Friday. Mind you, all I wanted was to not have to squeeze my dog's butt myself and this has taken more days and hours than I wish to count up.
FINALLY! It is Friday and Jack has gone to the groomers. He was really scared, (I think he remembers going to the pound and thought he was being abandoned again, poor lil doggy.) He is now groomed and squeezed. Sheesh. He is happily sleeping on the couch, smelling faintly of cinnamon.
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And you have my tale of woe, of how I fell victim to the cascade effect.

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FosterAbba said...

I once had a dog. I once took the dog to the vet and he noticed the dog's anal glands needed to be expressed.

Said vet expressed the glands.

It was an unforgettable experience, as I witnessed a black, foul-smelling liquid shoot out from my dog's butt. It sprayed the wall, including the nice vet's framed diplomas.

I couldn't help it. I fell over laughing in the exam room.

K J and the kids said...

Have ya ever popped a gland yourself ? it's vedy vedy intadesting. VERY VERY gross too.
You can save the money of the groomer doing it yourself.

Sue said...

Oh my gosh, no WAY would I do it myself. UGH!!! Disgusting!

Our dog has an appointment with the groomer next Tuesday and it is WAY PAST time.

Eliza said...

Oh. Mah. Gawd. The dog was wiping his arse on your floor. Between that and the way that cats step in the poo-box and then on you and on your furniture...I don't understand indoor pets that aren't birds. Truly I don't. At least Jack isn't a dachshund--they can express their OWN glands at will as a self-defenses mechanism, which creates great ugliness when two or more of them get into a growlfest on the couch.

Nicki Mann said...

What a pretty boy! My dog used to scoot her butt on the carpet occasionally but I never thought there was a reason for it... Ijust thought she had an itchy butt and was solving the problem for herself!!!