One of our readers asked a very good question. They wanted to know what are some of the shining lights in this profession - what is it that we still enjoy?
So I'm challenging the authors - including myself - to pull up our bootstraps and try to come up with some positive thinking for a few posts.
I'll never get sick of puppies. Even when they are naughty. I love their breath, their fat little puppy feet (like those of dachshunds), their clean, perfect little ears (like baby hound dogs), the way they smell (except their butts - those don't smell good) and the way they are just these fresh, new perfect little beings.
I love how dog feet smell like Fritos. They just do.
I'll never get sick of kittens. Even when they are naughty. Their complexity that is perfection in a tiny little killing machine. Even when they wouldn't hurt a fly. The way they will stalk and hunt and jump straight up in the air at seemingly nothing.
I'll never get sick of my senior pets. Especially the ones I've known for their whole lives. There's just a special place in my heart, even when they are old and grumpy and want to bite me. In fact, I get more worried when my old grumpy patients quit being grumpy with me, because I know they are trying to tell me something. I know those signs well.
I love some of my really good clients, who never refer to me as "just another vet" but rather call me their friend, hug me, tell me to take a day off, and show genuine concern about MY life. Like I do theirs. I am honored when I see their pets as puppies, spay or neuter them, nurse them through illnesses, and then get to ease them with their passing to the other side. There honestly is no greater honor than that.
True, there is a lot of negativity with this job. Many of us more seasoned vets are jaded - dealing with the public with the level of emotion that we do, it wears us down. And sometimes we feel really tired.
But yeah, there are some really cool things about it. Like those darned Doxie feet. I'll never get sick of those. :)