Mercy and Cricket had a very busy day to say the least.
I woke up around 5am to Mercy not quite being himself and I rushed him to the animal hospital thirty minutes away! But I also brought Cricket, because if it were contagious, I'd want her treated asap too.
It ended up being a weird brief episode this morning and he really bounced back in minutes, but I was not going to sit around and wait.
Turns out they won the staff over... go figure!
Checked in and both were in a down stay just doing their thing. Tech came to greet them by crouching down to their level with arms outstretched and a high pitch friendly tone. I shit you not, they glanced at her just to see what was going on and immediately turned to look at me! I didn't ask them to, but service dog work has made them give no hecks about strangers trying to entice their attention. I was so proud of my pups. Doots wasn't on a leash, we were in a rush.
Mercy weighs 53 lbs
Cricket weighs 50 lbs
Got checked out top to bottom by the vet and Mercy got his blood drawn and we were free to go home with two perfectly happy healthy pups.
I was asked if they were spayed or neutered - nope, they're both intact. Vet tried to educate me in that they are of sexual maturity. I agreed and said Cricket had her first heat in Nov/Dec. She asked if I was going to breed them to each other and I started laughing - good Lord no! "Well, you should be careful." Lol k.
I get it, there are a lot of folks that have dogs that are doing their animals real injustice, but I am not that. Better the breed or a known purpose bred mix, all sorts of testing and such. "Why don't you have them fixed?"
Because their not broken, but actually so they fully grow appropriately with their hormones that they still definitely need.
Anyway. Tired pups now after they played for hours after the vet. 💚
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