Both of my dogs were due for their heart worms tests and vaccinations. I had scheduled them for last week but due to my Jeep acting out I postponed that until today. I needed my son to be there as I knew I couldn’t handle both dogs with their different personalities. Bella would be fine going, but really uncooperative once we arrived and anyone tried to get close. Molly, was going to be terrified the entire time and need to be carried into the building. On both counts, I was right.
I think they had an idea this morning that something was up as they were both on edge. Molly’s regular anxiety was ramped up and Bella did not want to be bothered in any way. At one point they came very close to actually fighting when the storm door creaked open making that haunted house sound. Thankfully it was prevented and Molly was kicked back outside until time to go.
We managed to get both dogs ready and into the jeep and on our way in plenty of time to make the appointment. Molly cried the entire way while Bella simply sat and looked out the window. At one point giving me that, “this isn’t the way to the mountain” look. Thirty minutes before leaving I had given both dogs hemp, calming treats in the hope of easing the stress. With Bella it helped, Molly not so much though thankfully she stayed in the back of the Jeep while Bella had the backseat.
On arrival I lead Bella inside while my son had to carry Molly. I checked both dogs in and we took our seats. My son with Molly on one side and me on the other side of the lobby. While we waited, I managed to get a muzzle onto Bella. She did not want nor like it, but there was no choice. She was not going to like them being near her or doing anything. I’m not sure she would bite, just more or less bluff them as she does my son. Not taking any chances, she wore the muzzle. Even though I had to stop many attempts at getting it off.
Bella was called back first. She easily stepped up on the table slash scales so they could check her easier. Good news is that she has lost eight pounds. The doctor on the last visit said that he would like for her to lose at least five pounds. So we’re good there. She did not like anything about having her temperature taking or the drawing of blood for the test. Once that was done and the table lowered, we went back to the lobby and my son and Molly walked back to the examination room. From what I was told later was that Molly was fine with the exception of shaking so badly it was difficult to get her weight.
It takes ten minutes to get the results of the blood work. When Bella’s came back negative for heart worms they came out to the lobby to give her the vaccination. One to give the shot, one to hold Bella still. A very grouchy, snarling, Bella. A grouch that once everything was done, gave a kiss of apology to the doctor.
Not long afterwards my son came out with Molly. I waited for my name to be called and when it was I stepped up pretty sure I knew what I was going to hear. The amount hurt, but I know they are good for another year as far as the concern over heart worms.
We got home and carefully let the dogs one at a time out of the Jeep. We were very careful to make sure that we had control and that neither of them was able to slip away and chase the cats. Molly spent the afternoon dozing on the porch and Bella curled up inside.
The visit today was something to take care of the two and their health. It was annoying trying to get them leashed and in the car. It was annoying to listen to Molly cry all the way there. It was concerning when Bella wanted to act tough. But it was important.
I think that while we go through life, we are going to face so many things. We will face annoyances, frustrations, fears, anxieties. We will face moments of anxiety, moments when we think we will have to bully and bluff our way through. There are times when things that are necessary, will cost more than we expected. Whether it is time, effort, money. But in the end, the results will prove it was worth the expense. We will have grown, created, accomplished things that we could not have without giving our all.
There may be times when we feel that we are being hampered, detoured, muzzled in ways to prevent our success. The important thing is that we don’t quit. That we don’t give up. That we believe the journey we are on and that our purpose is right.