Dreams, Plans and Reality

Last October, I wrote a post entitled  ‘When Things don’t Plan Out.’
Every so often, I go back and re-read previous writings, and it amazes me how many things didn’t work out the way we had intended. Nothing changes there then.

house huntingOur plans for house hunting and buying a new home didn’t come off, and even our original intentions for the boat have been modified.
Not that I’m complaining. We have a home, we’re making friends, we’re fit and well.

Having sorted ourselves out in respect of dental and medical care, we have been intending to register with a vet for Maggie. Following her cough, although we didn’t need one, we started looking.
It’s important to us that we have confidence in whoever is responsible for her medical care.
Yesterday, I ventured into several establishments and asked a variety of standard questions.
I discovered that they all charge for a consultation, varying in price from £28 to £35.
Annual booster jabs ranged from £30 to £35, but a consultation fee did not apply.
Emergency cover was provided by a linked but unrelated veterinary practice some 30 miles away.
Only one was open 7 days a week (inside a Pet Shop).
All were by appointment only, none had an ‘open clinic’, but they assured me they would fit me in for any emergency.
All had Pet Care Programmes, monthly payments started at £6 (for a guinea pig or hamster), but for Maggie being a medium dog (10 -20kg) her monthly fee would have been £12 to £18. This covered her annual jabs, 2 checks up plus worming and flea medication.
The receptionists were all very efficient, but something was lacking.

The last but one we went into was actually a dog grooming parlour (my fault, didn’t read the small print outside) but they had a cat clinic every Thursday afternoon.
The lady I saw was smashing, and gave me the phone number of the vet plus directions to their main practice, which was only a short distance away.
Off we went, and it was easy to find.
vetThe receptionist (Louise) was great, though her colleague was very quiet having lost her voice, but there were a lot of ‘hand signals’ and grins going on.
The atmosphere was professional but relaxed.
Their fees were £28 for a consultation, £30 for a booster (10% discount if you go on a weekday between 1 and 3pm) , and again out of hours emergency cover from a practice several miles away.
However, we were offered a FREE consultation should we decide to register.
I love that word.
FREE is one of my most favourite words in the universe.
As we had Maggie with us, this was arranged immediately with a very pleasant lady vet.
Maggie has put on a kilo since her last weigh in but this is still well within the set parameters (13 to 18 kg) for her breed. She has never been a heavy dog, usually around the 14.8 kg mark, and as winter is coming, we’re not surprised, especially as her appetite has been very good lately.
She has a slow, steady and strong heart beat.
Her ears, eyes and teeth are good.
Her nose is cold and shiny.
Her coat is healthy and her chest clear.
Although we didn’t mention it initially, the vet found a little stiffness in her leg muscles (this from an injury last year when she was x-rayed and we had to reduce her exercise until she recovered), and we also mentioned her teeth being descaled and polished a couple of years ago.
She has thus passed her MOT and we shall be going there for her booster jabs when they become due in March.
They are contacting our previous vet for her medical history.

Everyone says she does not look her age. Well no-one’s told her she’s an old lady!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Dreams, Plans and Reality

  1. scifihammy says:

    Maggie is looking good 🙂 How old is she? Glad she passed her MOT 🙂 Vets are about 2 to 3 times more expensive in UK than here (SA) – for a consultation. Even so, I have been putting off taking my 2 dogs for their annual boosters. They also need lots of chronic meds – Expensive!

    • Thanks. She’s spoilt rotten (all my fault of course) but we’re really pleased with the way she’s turned out. All the work Hubby put in at the beginning has certainly paid off. Hard to believe she’ll be 10 in January and we’ve had her since a pup at 7 weeks.

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