Yesterday afternoon while most of my work friends were having christmas dinner at a restaurant in the village where I work (our employer paid for us all if we wanted to go) I and Albin went to the vet so he could neuter Albin. To be honest I had already said I wouldn’t come because I stop working so early on Fridays that when I have come home after work and walked with the dogs I have no wish what so ever to go back to that village again. What I didn’t know was that the vet would give me the appointment that day. So I actually passed the restaurant while they all were there eating.
I did however eat a pizza for the first time in over three years 🙂 The surgery only took 45 minutes so I had just enough time so I wouldn’t have to rush down the hot pizza, it tasted so good, I wonder why I don’t order one more often. It is rather costly to neuter a dog here, yesterday I paid 2760 Swedish kronor (slightly less than $300 US) but that included painkillers, a recipe for another kind of painkillers and a cone of shame. This vet is rather cheap so it wouldn’t surprise me if it costs twice in a bigger vet clinic. The night wasn’t especially fun but not because Albin was complaining because he did very little of that but he did need to go outside several times during the night.
This morning I had a problem to solve. I had to go to the pharmacy to get the other kind of painkillers since he is supposed to take both every day. I couldn’t put him in the dog house since he wouldn’t be able to get out into the yard or in to the garage where he likes to be. I couldn’t leave him in the cottage since he’s never been alone before and he isn’t the kind of dog that would sit down feeling miserable 🙂 I couldn’t leave him with the other dogs either since they are very interested in the bandage he will have for three days. So the best thing I could do was to bring them with me.
Then I had the problem of chosing what pharmacy to go to. The one in Falköping always has what I need for my dogs but the parking spaces are a bit too far away and would most likely be filled since it is the week before Christmas. The pharmacy in Skara has no parking spaces close at all but they too usually have what I need for my dogs. Both towns are reasonable close so I would have liked to go to one of them. The only alternative I actually had was the pharmacy in Vara, moe than twice the distance to drive to but it is outside the town center so very little people would be there and they also have lots of parking spaces. I don’t think they ever have been without the medicine I need for my dogs or me as a matter of fact.
The roads were awful to drive on because it was just below 0C (32F), foggy and some rain fell aswell, so I drove very slowly all the way. No problems with that really because I was almost alone on the roads 🙂 The pharmacy was very sorry that they didn’t have the normal pill as it stood in the recipe, only pills that had to be chewed. I told them that it wasn’t a problem at all since Albin chews on everything, even the most disgusting tasting pills there is and then he swallows it 🙂 Good when it comes to pills, bad when it comes to anything else nasty he finds when we’re out walking 🙂
We stopped on our way home in my old neighborhood, looks much like how it does here but with less spruces and the area is totally flat. All dogs behaves like crazy and it was almost impossible to walk with them leashed. I could watch them the entire time when I was in the pharmacy and Albin had stressed them up with him guarding the car against invisible things in the neighborhood 🙂 So I gave up rather fast and drove home. It was a totally different thing when we went out for a walk here, instead it was Bertil the cat that alarmed all the time. I think there was wild hogs close to us and he just couldn’t relax until we had come home again.
Neither the Swedish nor the Norwegian weather site says we have fog right now but we do so I hope that we’ll get fog again tomorrow morning because neither says we will 🙂 I’ll be at home next week because of this surgery so I can always hope for more fog during the week. I have most of what I need here at home but I’ll need to go to the grocery store some time next week and I will have to bring the dogs then too, I’m already looking forward to it 🙂
Have a great day!