boglin visited this afternoon to play Almost Retrieving and Hosepipe game with Kato, and some grown-up conversation with That Abe, That Java and the senile old dudess Lindsay. Nice to see boglin, who has invited the Intrepid Explorer Java to maybe go camping later this summer.
Abe went to the vets to show him her fatty lump on her chest. Abe has mellowed and behaved herself quite well in the vets. The fatty lump is properly nowt.
Discussed Abes increasingly negative reactions to vaccinnations. The vet was sniffy and drew graphs in the dog drool on the examination table to illustrate his point, quoting wild statistics of improbability. For anyone who has met Abe, she is a dog in a trillion nevermind a million. Vet was also disbelieving of Abes once Near Death experience until we graphically described Abes violent yellow poo, screaming red rash and respiratory collapse. However, the vet thinks the reaction to the vaccination is a neurotic reaction to going to the vets, similar to my blood pressure trebling in the GPs surgery - but I know my little dog. Last time Abe had her vacs - she could barely walk and was flipped out for 2 days.
I don't want to be an irresponsible dog owner but nor do I want to push Little Abe nearer to another anaphylactic shock. The compromise is that we will pay for a blood test to see how much resistance Abe has got and immunise accordingly. The vet did admit that every 15 months is probably fine for most dogs and with a fairly large window around that. The vet wasn't sure where he would find somewhere that will do this blood test and the cost - if he can't I will.
And four packs of advantage anti-flea stuff purchased, we'll be minging like a daleks armpit for a few days.