So, I shall finally get off my virtual bum and get moving on this, not that I have been moving as quickly as I should in reality but alas, procrastination is my forte.
So for Part II I am going to state what I am looking for in my vet compare that with my short list.
What do I want?
As I have researched new trends and techniques for both dogs and cats I have come up with a few things I feel are a 'must'; they are as follows.
1) On site lab
So I said I would start this series and I am finally getting arround to it, I was hoping to do it at the same time as I found myself a new vet in my new town but my current financial state is a tad strangling. I will get into why this is a bad thing to put off but that will be later.
Part I: Where to find a vet?
So there are several ways to find a vet and they should all be explored.
So I think I'm going to start a series on how to find a vet, what to look for, what to ask, what really matters and all that fun stuff. It will probably take a few entries as I can be a tad windy when I have something to say and I feel I must say it.
I like to think that I am more than qualified to do this for a few reasons.
I seem to have a shortage of . . . patience? . . . tact? . . . manners? Well, whatever I am lacking it is thankfully staying internal, or at least I haven't been pushed past my breaking point and I have started to berrate those around me.
Feline boy that is. Just under two weeks ago my husband and I went to Craig Street Cats to find, well, a cat. We both had some specific things in mind as to what we wanted but every cat is an individual and we did have to compromise between us.
Here was my cat checklist:
1) relatively affectionate with people, I do like a cat that will cuddle up and watch tv with me
2) relatively playful with other cats, my husbands cat will play but learned from a dog and doesnt really know how to play with a cat
Ahem, I seem to be on a roll tonight so I might as well continue.
So the dog. He was my first dog and as such I found him, chose him, arranged everything for him and chose his name. He was the biggest male puppy of a litter of 9 and was called by the mothers owner "Tank" cute name but I had already picked out my name. This has worked out but sometimes the name you choose really wont work out once you meet your animal, the cat's name was chosen after she came home with us.
So as this weekend approaches and "a friend for Mysty" also approaches the great name debate begins. When you adopt an animal do you keep their previous name? Many people dont because they want a 'clean slate' sort of mentality when it comes to their rescue. Many people do because that animal fits that name perfectly (or they have a total lack of imagination).
It's a classic line from almost every cop movie or tv show; when you cant link things together (but you know they do) you 'follow the money'. Now this is a great idea and if the real world worked as Hollywood did then it would be as simple as looking at someones bank statments and check stubs (ha! who writes checks anymore?) Perhaps for the shadier dealers out there have some sort of code but it is easily cracked.
Last december I had to make the decision to end the life of a friend. Dandy was my first pet, my first "real" pet; not a fish or hamster or petsitting. She was adopted from the Winnipeg Humane Society in 1993, before organizations like Craig Street Cats or Quagga or D'arcys. I still have her adoption form and every scrap of paperwork that was about her.
So, I've been thinking. A lot. Now what I think about might be mundane to some or silly to others but when my mind fixates on something there is nothing that can be done but mull it over and wait it out.