My Gatsby, My Little Man

Today was a big day for Gatsby, my 7 month old dachshund.   He was neutered or as I call it, “got the snip”.  We were the first ones at the vet’s at 7:30 AM so that he would be one of the first taken and would have plenty of time to wake up and come home this evening.

At about 11:15 AM the vet’s office called and told me Gatsby did well and was ready to come home.  Ready to come home????  Evidently he was awake, doing well but was unhappy and crying (and if all truth be told, was annoying the doctors and staff). 

This was not a new concept to me with this little soul dog who is now Gatsby and was Riley in his last life.  Riley was always known to be “quite loud” as it was kindly put to me at the vet’s office near where we lived in Ventura County, CA.  One time he had a dental and was to be picked up at 5 PM or 6 PM that night.   However, I got a call from them about 2 in the afternoon.  The receptionist was quite perky in saying, “Riley’s ready to go home now”.  I was surprised by this early response.  When I replied, “Oh, I’m in meetings all afternoon and can’t pick him up until close to 6 PM” there was a silent pause from the other end of the phone and a little, what sounded somewhat tired and sad, “Oh……” from the receptionist.  And, in the background I thought I could hear my Riley making his “yelp, yelp, yelp” bark……

Today the first thing that I heard when entering the vet’s to pick up Gatsby was his “yelp, yelp, yelp” coming from somewhere in the back of the office.  I guess some things remain close to the same when animals come back……at least for my little buddy, Gatsby.

He is now curled up sleeping like a little lamb….no noise at all……

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