A post that Tart linked too earlier today about condescending animal advice (which I replied to but probably missed the point because that’s what I do well) made me think of a client I saw many moons ago when I was in practice (like back in ‘95 or ‘96 I think). This older couple’s son (they were in their 60’s) got them a dog without asking them. It was a lab mix puppy so it was full of energy and puppy naughtiness. She brought it in when it was about 4 or 5 months old and told us he ate a dish cloth. We induced vomiting and out came the dish cloth (whole). Two weeks later, she brought the puppy in again and said he had eaten one of her bras. We told her we could induce vomiting but it was no guarantee and we may have to do surgery. Inducing worked and up came the bra. He had swallowed it whole. I don’t know how he did it. She didn’t want the bra back…

(fyi - you only tell dog foreign body stories with happy endings)

(the dog had no more foreign body problems after that)

  1. sasstacular said: what a naughty puppy!
  2. hikergirl posted this
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

- Henri Nouwen

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