Twist in the Tale.

14/04/2009 at 16:12 3 comments

If only I'd had one of these...

If only I'd had one of these...

Well, that’s a turn up for the books. We got to the vets today, all grim faced and worry-lined, expecting to see Phoenix swallowed up into the Hospital complex like something from a James Bond film or Man from U.N.C.L.E. (except this would be dog from Beaford, but you get the general idea), while we wailed and gnashed, EXCEPT that the vet opened Phoenix’s mouth had a look in and one of the problem teeth was gone, it must’ve fallen out yesterday. So, she had a look at the other one, put her finger on it and it WOBBLED! “It’ll fall out later today or tomorrow” she said, handing Phoenix back to us after a bit of dog-vet cuddling had been completed.

So we we went over to the Common instead for a 2 hour walk all over the place, then home for extra crunchy chicken wings, well for Phoenix anyway. In between we had a strange encounter with an “eccentric” character in the high street who kept insisting that Phoenix was a Rhodesian Ridgeback , and would therefore need to be trained to kill lions. Later, he then got stroppy and spittle-flecked, when we told him that animals had been used and killed by the armed forces in war. Not even mentioning The Animals in War Memorial in London could shift his position. He ended the conversation by suddenly saying “There’s no point in talking to you”, which in truth he hadn’t been: he’d actually been incoherently monologuing at us while Phoenix tried to steal boxes of fudge from him that he had in a bag, used for swinging around him as some kind of conversation punctuation device. We cheerily waved him goodbye as he stomped off into the distance… Gotta love ’em.

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A Tooth for a Tooth. Megalithic Pointer.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ed.  |  15/04/2009 at 13:41

    I think this is my favorite post of yours.

    And I’m glad the tooth thing turned out to be nothing! What a relief!

  • 2. Netty Louise  |  24/04/2009 at 10:55

    I was shocked to learn from a programme last year, that the ridgeback is actually a mild form of spina bifida and the pups that don’t have the ridge are put down!

    • 3. Phoenix  |  16/05/2009 at 19:20

      hmmm…Ridgebacks aren’t exactly high on our list of favourite dog breeds so it’s always a teeth-grating moment when someone mistakes our floppy-eared pup for a South-African, black-nosed, Lion-baiting hound. Hopefully once her beard and wiry coat come in more fully then that misidentification will be knocked on the head once and for all.


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