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  1. Oh Ruth your tales have made me laugh! 🙂 The vet peeing in the sink so funny 🙂 just what I needed today as well a good cheering up. Your tales totally remind me of the books and films of James Herriot.

    The sad bit of your post about people having their pets put to sleep is just so awful especially when its clear they simply don’t want them and as for that bloke having his wife’s dog pts well all I can day is I hope she damn well haunted him for the rest of his life day and night!!

        • True. He couldn’t have loved his wife very much if the first thing he did was have her dog pts. I never get the ‘oh its his/her dog’ either surely the animal is a family member 🙁 when we speak of our three is ‘oh WE have 3 cats’ because they are part of our family.

    • Thanks Leah, glad the funny bits cheered you up a bit, sometimes we just have to laugh, or we’ll cry x

    • Well there was the time a mouse ran our of a kennel and up inside my trouser leg but thank goodness when it reached the top it did a U turn and ran back down, maybe my wild dancing about screaming made it decide or maybe it didn’t like what it saw up there lol lol
      I was glad when I was promoted to the cattery, it was much better than the kennels.
      Another funny story was when I was again promoted to helping the vets in the consulting rooms, it was my job to clean them too, so one day I opened the door and walked into one, only to see the boss vet having a pee in the sink..lol…..he said ‘Oops sorry Ruth, just testing my water’ lol lol

  2. A sad and educative article, especially to me living in a different country with different attitudes towards pets and animals.In India, stray street dogs were once routinely euthanized but the practice stopped over a decade ago. Today , stray dogs are caught and sterilized by animal welfare societies.As for cats, they are free to do as they please and have never ever been either euthanized or considered a menace.Sadly, the present trend among pet owners abandoning their pets on the streets to a miserable life or death.I wonder the reasons for people purchasing pets and later abandoning them ? Its sad but the human attitude towards animals is universal all over the World.

    • never ever been either euthanized or considered a menace

      This is a good point. Some countries and districts consider the community cat a nuisance and want them killed. Other places accept them. Israel is one such place. India is another you say. It is obvious to me what is the better attitude.

    • Thanks Caroline, is it any consolation to you that it’s said that only the most intelligent people suffer from migraine? No, it isn’t to me either lol

  3. Great article: really funny and very sad. The pigeon story is a classic. You were quite a rebel. Still are it seems.

    It is sad though. “Pets” are possessions to do as we please with. We can’t cause them pain because that would be a crime (if caught which is highly unlikely) but we can kill them if we ask the vet. Strange isn’t.

    The word “pet” still has the wrong connotation that is why I nearly always stick to “companion animal”.

    • companion animal. like that very much. i tend to say, “We cannot own a cat or any other animal. They, like us, our species, tend to have no status other than “I exist, therefore, I am.” “I am as important as you are, since you think akin to my thinking.

    • Yes once a rebel always a rebel and I still do get myself into some sticky situations lol I should know better at my age now!
      I think companion animal is a good term to use, pet sounds a bit condescending doesn’t it, yet the vets I worked for always used it ‘And what is wrong with your pet today?’
      I think any young person going into work with animals gets a shock at the reality, I know I did! I remember at my interview being told ‘It’s not all cuddling the animals you know’ even my late dad said ‘You’d be better off in an office job bonny lass’ But I wouldn’t listen lol
      Anyway someone has to do the job and it wasn’t all bad although I hadn’t been working long at the first vets and they had boarding cattery and kennels too. We had to cook the dog’s meat in the kennel block kitchen and drain the fatty water down the large drain outside, one day someone left the cover off the drain and I fell down it lol You can imagine the pong as I climbed back out and squelched across to the main building, the other staff were helpless with laughing ….

  4. A few times I actually thought about leaving that sort of work, once I even went for an interview and actually got the job but something stopped me, my conscience I suppose wouldn’t let me abandon the animals who might need me.
    But it was a very emotional and draining career, poorly paid too, hard work, no pension funds and not really the right work for a sensitive person.
    But it did feel good doing sort of ‘undercover’ stuff, like being able to tip off the local hunt sabateurs when the next hunting days were lol
    Maybe I should have called this article ‘The Confessions of a Vet’s assistant’ lol

    • Ruth, that is what stopped me, as a true catlover. ailurophile. When I adopted Michael from our local shelter (which has just opened up a huge, animal-friendly facility, btw), I was unnerved as to what to do. My spotted-bellied sphinx is called ‘Michael’ in honor of the worker who tried to “rescue” steal him in the night. I have never met this worker, but I do know that he was attached to this cat-kitten one-yr-old).

      I then, after my housemate adopted Michael, applied for a job with them. I was told right off the bat that I couldn’t do it. too sensitive, just like Michael who tried stealing “Fester {their name], the Chedday Molester[my daughter’s name for him].

      • Marc, I hope that you sleep well, our friend. You deserve that, and alot more. I am certain that Red’s and your heartfelt sense of belonging to this planet that we kneel on will go far beyond what you did for catkind this past weekend. Actually, what you have done is in a timeless fashion, and will go on forever…
        Thank you, Marc.

        • Thanks Caroline – 🙂 – I’ll do it again next year.

          Ruth thanks for sharing. That’s awfully sad that people can actually do that. The trick might be to give the animal and injection that will put it to sleep without killing it and make sure there’s alot going on so the ‘owner’ buzzes off pronto.

          Well done for freeing the birds. I would have done the same.

          There must have been some awful moments during your career – I am not sure I would have made it through something like what you described with the owner watching. I suppose if the vet refuses they will go to another one? I hate those people if they can literally watch to ‘check’ and make sure. That is beyond revolting. Far, far beyond.

          • I wish we could have saved them all Marc but I wasn’t the boss, I only worked there and the vets wouldn’t ever have daren’t con someone by a false lethal injection. Some took the body away with them anyway …………
            Yes I hated those people too and I think they had no conscience.
            I’m glad you agree about the pigeons lol such beautiful birds they are and I hate it that they are blamed for making a mess in towns when once again it’s the disgusting people throwing the remains of their fast food down and who can blame hungry birds for swooping down to eat it.

            • I know it sounds simplistic but it would seem that 9 out of 10 times it’s humans who are disgusting. I’ve found it easier to assume the humans to be the guilty party and then take it from there.

              Ironically – when it comes to nature – the rule of humans being ‘guilty until proven innocent’ – seems like the right way to go. We have lost our right to innocence so long ago it’s a myth of the past. An idealised view of prehistoric humans perhaps being innocent in the way they lived. Just a dream really.

  5. Oh Ruth I laughed and I cried over your latest article,it could have been totally depressing but you lightened it up with your naughty goings on back then lol
    It’s true what Barbara says,animals go uncounted and unmourned while even evil humans who don’t deserve to live have every right,how can that be so.
    I worked at a vets for a short spell years ago but I couldn’t hack it at all,it’s not the feel good job it’s made out to be is it.

    • it’s not the feel good job it’s made out to be is it.

      I think this is an interesting statement. Working at a vet’s does give the impression that it is a nice job, doing good and helping animals etc. but it appears it is not what we think it is like.

  6. So sad, all those lives lost, taken, unvalued, unmourned, without number and yet as I’ve said many times before every single human being has to be accounted for. Even the lowest, cruelest most twisted and evil person’s life is valued more than an innocent animal. What a world.

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