Beau Visits E.R.
The meeting was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at a location in another city about forty miles from our home. I wanted to leave in plenty of time, so I let the dogs out around noon so they would have a restroom break before being left in the house for a few hours.
As it turned out, the restroom break was not what I expected for the usually exuberant Beau laid down on the porch and would not go down the steps. When I urged him down the steps, he laid at the bottom and whined. I got him to go another ten feet into the yard and he laid down again and whined again. I had to decide what to do.
I decided to put Sadie, who seemed fine, back in the house and Beau into my car. I drove away with him and wondered if I could make the meeting on time if I took him first to the veterinarian on the way. I decided that he is more important than this important meeting with the C.E.O. of a new hospital, but maybe I could still make the meeting. I called the vet clinic, arranged to drop Beau off on my way, and did so. Of course, I could not merely drop him off. We had some paperwork to take care of. They weighed Beau. He weighs 90 lbs. Then he laid on the floor in passive resistance mode. We coaxed him into an exam room. Still it went pretty fast and I got away in time to make the 1:30 meeting with the C.E.O.
I called my wife and told her Beau was at the vet’s. Sugar called to see how he was doing. She authorized x-rays in order to determine the reason for his gastric distress. We both went to get him at 5:00 p.m. Thankfully, he seemed to be feeling better. The x-rays did not reveal any tumors or even pantyhose or 3 lbs of three bean salad, which have been discovered in other Yellow Labs we know, but I digress. See https://cowboylawyer.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/deadly-dangers-at-cross-creek-ranch/.
Without going into a complicated medical explanation, I will simply report that Beau seems better after the treatment by which he was treated.
The veterinarian included in the diagnosis that Beau is a funny character. (We knew that already). We were told that he would not walk on what he had determined to be “the carpet of death.” I do not fully understand, but apparently Beau refused to walk on a certain carpet and they could not make him do so, being 90 lbs of dead weight when he passively resists, like protesters of yesteryear. See also, https://cowboylawyer.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/a-canine-follower-of-gandhi-2/.
Sadie was glad to see us all come home. All is well that ends well.