26 January 2000 ... Last Times
Ah, Freedom. Today was my last day of
Lots of "lasts" today, going
through my head. I didn't have any baths today, so
yesterday was my last bath.
It was my last time to take care of dogs and cats. Last time to clean
surgical instruments and pack the surgical packs. Last time
to put surgery drapes in the washing machine. Last time to work the
Last time to hold a dog or cat to get it's yearly check-up.
Last time to clean up after the pissers. :) Last time to wash doggie
dishes. Last time I will have to worry about getting ringworm or sarcoptic
mange from an animal. Thank goodness. Last time I will have to deal
with painfully dry hands from all the washings.
Last time to comfort
a crying puppy who just got her shots. Last time to take a dog out for
a walk. Last time I have to see stingy owners who don't want to do anything
for their animal until it's on the brink of death. Last time I have to
witness those borderline abuse cases. Last time I will lay a hand on an
animal as the doc gives it a shot of the pink juice.
Last time to give
lifegiving fluids to a sick one. Last time to deal with a parvo puppy
because the owners didn't bring him in for the puppy series of booster shots.
Last time to clean the cages. Last time to give a boarding dog a quick
clean up on his way out the door to go home. Last time to see an emergency
surgery. Last time to watch the doc neuter a cat and think, Man, I could
do that. Last time to have my feet hurt from standing around on concrete
Last time to lean over the tub to pet a soapy dog. Last time
to make fun of animals coming out of anesthesia. Last time to see puppies
grow as they come in every three weeks for shots. Last time to wake up
at 7am on sundays just to go in and take care of the animals.
A last nail trim and a final clean up, and that's all there is to it.
Now it's all over, two years of my life in my rear-view mirror.
I am very tired, but a little bit of rest will cure that. And then, on
to the next adventure...