So what does it take to transport nine wiggly puppies safely in the car to a veterinary office?
- One full-size passenger van
- Three puppy crates
- One large child's wagon with sides removed
- Three humans: one to pull the wagon; one to stabilize the crates and take pictures; one to handle the mommy dog. :)
1. Load 'em up in the van:
2. Try to comfort whimpering puppies (without making yourself carsick while turning around in the seat to speak soothingly). Then try to comfort crying, howling puppies, still trying not to make yourself carsick.
3. Arrive at vet's, unload the crates, and stack them on the wagon. Try to calm quiet-but-scared puppies. Pull said wagon from car to vet's office. Make sure mommy dog is on lead, too (this is the second time we've taken Kenya to the vet's without her collar... ooops). Oh, and try to calm increasingly-more-nervous puppies.
4. Sit in waiting room away from other canines, and keep human-types from touching the pups (ack!). Keep trying to sooth nervous, whimpering pups (DH is behind wagon with crates; DTS is holding Kenya's lead and soothing puppies; Kenya is just calmly and happily taking it all in).
5. When called, wheel pups from waiting room to tiny exam room and squeeze nine puppies, three puppy-related humans, and one veterinarian human (plus a veterinary-assistant human) in around exam table so that door can be closed. Then, while continuing to speak soothingly, watch puppies grow hot and sleepy. Then watch puppies pant. Then sweat.
6. Watch vet tech come in and weigh puppies (Miss Sky).
7. Put puppies back in crates to wait for the doctor to come in (Miss Sky):
8. Open second door in exam room to get cool air in stuffy room.
9. Comfort puppies.
10. Greet amazing vet (we love our vet). Watch puppies have their whole bodies checked (eyes, ears, palettes, occlusions, joints, and ranges of motion are all fine) and hearts listened to to check for murmurs (this is Miss Sky; all are fine):
11. Watch puppies have their, ahhh...., privates examined (the boys have all their parts -- one has a testicle yet to descend but it's well on its way---; a couple of the girls have very mildly recessed vulvas -- so mild they're almost not worth noting and shouldn't present future problems) (Miss White, in photo, is just fine):
12. Watch puppies get shots, and try not to wince (Mr. Green):
13. Watch puppies get their micro-chip (IDs) inserted, and really try not to wince (Miss White gets hers below) (only one of the pups bled; Miss Orange, I think):
14. Watch puppies get their inserted micro-chips wanded to make sure they work (Miss Yellow):
15. Watch puppies get their routine de-worming "treat" -- yum! (Miss Pink):
16. Comfort puppies after their trauma! (Miss Pink with DTS Aunt Jeanie):
17. Reload pups in crates and onto wagon, haul out of office, reload in car, pay bill, and head home! Oh.. and enjoy quiet, sleeping pups for the car ride home (no howling!).
18. Expect pups to show some kind of lethargy or other reaction to their vaccine. But, yay, none came! All of the pups were ready-to-romp when the woke up from the car ride, like nothing ever happened. :)
19. Protect the pups and try not to worry for the next two weeks (when they're most susceptible to viruses).
20. Pray the pups stay healthy for the days, weeks, months, and years to come. :)
FYI, here's the summary of their weight checks (smallest to largest):
- Miss White: 10.3 pounds
- Miss Yellow: 10.7 pounds
- Miss Pink: 12.1 pounds
- Mr. Blue: 12.2 pounds
- Miss Lime: 12.3 pounds
- Miss Sky: 12.6 pounds
- Miss Orange: 12.7 pounds
- Mr. Green: 14.2 pounds
- Mr. Red: 15.0 pounds
That's it; we all survived. And now we're focusing on learning some manners! :)
Still more to come!
'Til next time,