but I've finally decided that it's okay if not everyone likes me. In fact, I'm okay if a few people really dislike me! This week, the people in the second category are 1) the entire office staff of the vet I've recently "fired" and 2) the gentleman who left his Chihuahua in his car while he was shopping in Costco yesterday.
First, the vet. I LOVE this vet. He's incredible. Unfortunately, his clinic is a circus and his office staff are the clowns. Aside from my Beagle-mix's knee surgery a couple of years ago, I've only used this vet for my rescue work (which is a LOT more than I use my regular vet) because you have to wait forever to be seen. But like I said, the vet himself is worth it.
I'm VERY involved in my dogs' (my own and my fosters) vet care. I want to know exactly what's wrong, exactly what will be done to repair/prevent it and exactly how much it will cost. Getting that basic information from said vet's office staff is next to impossible. The final straw was being yanked around about my current foster's heartworm treatment. It's over. I'm done. And I've told the vet as much in a letter sent to his attention. Which I suspect was never given to him...by (you guessed it) the office staff. More to come on that later as I'll be making a special trip by there this week. Anyone have connections with the Bessemer police department? Just asking...
Now, the idiot who thought it would be a good idea to leave his dog in the car while shopping in Costco. Not only did I call the police, but I made it a point to flag them down and point out the car just in case they missed it. Poor little dog was in there for at least 25 minutes yesterday afternoon when it was at least 90 degrees. Yeah, the windows were down about 2" but that's the equivalent of turning your oven on 325 and opening the door a bit. Brandon and I were watching the dog carefully to make sure he was okay and trying to convince each other that breaking the window in the name of saving a dog is a forgivable offense.
Luckily, the man came out of Costco just in time to see the policeman reaching into his car. The officer explained to the man that leaving an animal in a car when it's hot is not only dangerous, but can be considered animal cruelty. I didn't hear the man's excuse (nor did I care to - there is NO excuse for that) but I'm hoping he pissed his pants when all was said and done.
**I'd also like to add that right up there with people who leave their dogs in the car are the people who feel entitled to take their dogs everywhere simply because they're small. If I can't march my 50lb dog into WalMart, you shouldn't be shoving your's in a bag to go in. I buy FOOD there and that's gross. A lot of the kids I see in WalMart are pretty damn gross too, but that's another topic for another post.**
So, now it's Monday and I have a whole new week to piss people off. I'm starting to like this!