Wednesday, August 26, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY?: DANTE GOES TO THE V-E-T

This may be Thankful Thursday, but Dante is not thankful, because he had to go to the V-E-T! He wasn't supposed to go, it wasn't his turn. Dylan is long past due, but continues to be the expurrt escape artist that he is (if you recall he escaped for two whole days a couple of months ago on another vet visit attempt).

In any event, we didn't want to waste the appointment by cancelling it AGAIN (this would be the fourth or fifth time), so we took Dante instead since he was due soon anyway. And, we were able to catch Dante totally unaware because he knew we hadn't been looking for HIM!

So, he yowled in the back window of the car, all the way to the vet's office which is fortunately only about 5 minutes from our house. Once there, he headed straight for the shelves of prescription pet food, to try to hide out! That didn't work because really there was no place to hide.

Daddy was asked to weigh him, and he came in at a mere 21 lbs. I say mere, because he has been a little more in the past. We were escorted into the exam room immediately after that, and the vet, named Thomas (that's his first name) very promptly arrived after that.

Dante was looking around, and didn't seem upset at all. In fact, he acted liked a real gentleman throughout the exam. You can see Thomas poking and prodding him, and Dante just went along with it all. When it came time for the "SHOTS", Thomas asked me to distract him, so I petted Dante's head and gave him some smoochies on his lips. He got two shots -- one in each butt cheek, and didn't flinch at all for the first time around. The second shot elicited a bit of a reaction, but it was very transitory.

Thomas examined Dante's mouth, as that has been an area of concern in the past. In fact we changed vets because the old one wanted Dante to have surgery to remove a couple of his teeth. I wanted a second opinion, and this vet's office didn't think anything needed to be done. Thomas concurred with that opinion this time around as well -- in fact he said that he was surprisingly pleased with the state of Dante's teeth and gums for a kitty of his age (which is really only 7-1/2)! I was ecstatic!

So Dante is completely healthy, and we were on our way before long at all. When we went out to pay the bill, Dante sat on the counter beside his Daddy. The resident office cat, Finnigan, was eyeing Dante from his position across the floor. I say "eyeing" literally, because unfortunately Finnigan has only one eye.

You may recall in a previous post, I introduced you all to Finnigan who was rescued from death row by our vets, and lives in the office with lots of pampering and social interaction all day long. Finnegan has a marvelous purrsonality and welcomes one and all.

Dante on the other hand, threw a bit of a hissy fit when introduced more closely to Finnigan.

The receptionist (I'm sorry, I forgot to ask her name) went a little bit crazy over Dante. You can see her in a couple of pictures holding him, and she is smiling real big and laughing! What a pretty lady!

Anyway, it was a very pawsitive experience all 'round! Even Dante thought it wasn't too bad, and was thankful at last to get back in the car, because this time he KNEW he was going HOME! He knows the word "home". He didn't even make one peep all the way back. He was enjoying the ride as the wind, through the slightly-opened windows, rippled through his fur.

And then we were indeed HOME! It was a Thankful Thursday, after all!

P.S. WE ARE FEATURING A NEW FUR FAMILY ON THE LOLSPOT TODAY CALLED "THE PAW RELATIONS". TO VISIT THEM, JUST CLICK ON THE LOL ICON AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS POST.














17 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We always knew you were healthy. Sheesh. Humans have to go through so much to ascertain that!

The Monkeys said...

Dante's a hit wherever he goes! Even Finnegan is compelled!

Angel and Kirby said...

Great news that Dante is healthy! I am always amazed at his size when I see some one holding him.

The Kitty Krew said...

Oh Dante, we're sorry you had to go to the v-e-t, but we're glad to hear all went well in the end (haha, get it, "in the end"? *snicker*). You really are a big kitty! We bet Finnegan was a little scared of you, even as nice as you are.

At least you're done now!

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

Sweet Praline said...

I'm so glad the vet visit went well!

Reese =^..^= said...

Everyone loves Dante! I'm glad you are healthy, my friend.

Milo and Alfie said...

Porr Dante haffing to go to the VETS ~ espeshully when he wasn't even due a check up!!!!

When we looked at the pics we realised just how BIG he is. We only weigh 10lb each ~ and Dante looks even bigger wiv all that floof!

Gandalf, Grayson and Whitey said...

We are amazed that you go inside on your leash, Dante! We are always in our carrier, kicking and screaming the whole way.... Until it is time to go home. Then we are very, very kwiet!

Eric and Flynn said...

We are glad your vet visit went well Dante. Concats on losing a pound. Mum wishes I could.

Amy said...

Oh Dante it is too bad you had to go to the vets. But it is good that it went well! And only 21 pounds - that is a good size. Our big kitty, Floyd, topped out at 23.5 before he got sick - but he is part Maine Coon so that isn't to surprising.

Martin Hooper said...

Dante I'm not really surprised the receptionist lady liked you - I think everyone you meet likes you!

Just like i do...

8GR8LOLCATS said...

I can't imagine that the vet-doctor sees many kitties like Dante in his office! Glad to hear your check up went well! You were very brave!

Daisy said...

Hooray to Dante for a good checkup! Maybe it was best to be unplanned, so there was none of the dreaded anticipation.

Mr. Grumpster Wilfred III said...

i watched a cute with chris episode that had a clip about dante and it maked my mom LOL and me MOL! Dante is such a great kitty and i am sorry that chris does not appriciate your (and everyone elses) love for him!

Melvin said...

Melvin went to the vet on Monday and met a kitty that looked a lot like Dante! He was a HUGE orange Maine Coon named Edgar (huge as in 36 pounds!). Melvin walked right up to him and said "Hello" and instantly they were brofurs.

Great news on that good checkup! Hooray for Dante!

Parker said...

Dante is a star!

The Kool-Kittie-Krew said...

Dante, you sure are a B~I~G ManCat!!! And a handsome one at that!