I've been doing this job for 10 years. I've seen a lot and few things actually shock me anymore. But occasionally something happens that makes me stare straight ahead for a few minutes, trying to get my brain around what just came out of the mouth of another being that is supposedly a part of my own species.
I wish I could say it's the usual complaint we all hear, when someone pleads ignorance about giving their dog or cat their rabies vaccine. They either don't know it's the law or they don't know that they or their pet could die from it or that it's a really, really dangerous disease. I get that kind of stupidity.
But today... today we got a call that has me scratching my head in both absolute confusion and absolute.... what's the word? Oh yeah... disbelief at how utterly stupid another human can be.
So little Johnny is an 8 month old Yorkie. His owner scheduled him this week to be neutered, because he was starting to mark her house (read: piss all over everything she owns because he's now a macho little fucker). We happily obliged and I neutered him yesterday.
This owner called my staff this morning and screamed at them. SCREAMED at them. She had a complaint about the procedure and wanted to make sure we knew she had gotten the worst service EVER from us.
From a simple neuter? Okay, I'll bite...
She went on to explain that WE TOOK HIS TESTICLES!!! Her dog went INTO my clinic yesterday with two normal balls and went home WITHOUT HIS BALLS. She was APPALLED.
Imagine the silence she got on the phone as my super intelligent tech tried to process what was being said to her.
She informed us that 20 years ago when she had her other dog neutered, he kept his testicles. Never in her life has she had a dog have his testicles removed!
Except.... her other dog was my patient, and guess what? He was a.... neutered male. His testicles had been removed, too.
So it made me - for a brief moment - think, "Oh great, the VMB is gonna ding me for not explaining that a neuter means taking the balls out." I worried about that for a brief moment.
Then I thought... SCREW THAT. If my job now entails explaining things like THIS to an owner who has owned dogs previously, who CALLED US and scheduled the neuter surgery - then I'm done with this job. I cannot be responsible for the complete education of the entire public while they hold no responsibility for their own ignorance and stupidity.
There is no hope for the human race.