Teeth Cleaning Time for Romeo!

I took Romeo for a teeth cleaning at Lantana-Atlantis Animal Hospital.  He has had a cleaning before, but never a non-anesthetic one.  Took a chance-it’s 20% discounted for February-So I brought him there in his carrier.  We waited about 20 minutes or so, and Melissa came out to say she was ready for him.  I expressed my concerns because I …was afraid he wouldn’t be a good candidate for a teeth cleaning without putting him to sleep.  She took him in to the room, and I was left in the waiting room, almost pacing the floor, like a Mom worrying about her child.  Time went by and I was wondering what was going on. Lo and behold!  Out comes Melissa, carrying the carrier with a smile on her face. Romeo did fantastic, she said.  No problem!  He was very good. He has a healthy and nice-smelling mouth now (it wasn’t bad smelling before). I was thrilled.  Such good news!!  What a good boy!

“I’m Not a Cat Person”

Have you read my previous blogs about Rusty?  I mention the bond between Rusty and my husband, Bob.  The photo above shows Rusty in his most favorite place in the world:  snuggled in Bob’s hand for a nap.

Several years ago, after we had our cats, we had company, and in the course of conversation, we were talking about our cats, of course.  Bob made a remark, “I’m not a cat person.”  I really believe that the comfort of Rusty helped Bob in his recovery from heart surgery.  That little guy, Rusty, was and is, Bob’s constant companion.  He has conversations with Bob, and really talks to him and answers him.  That face is a one in a million face, and when he talks, he closes his eyes momentarily to emphasize his thought.  One of the things Rusty does is, when he sees you’re not watching him, he very gently raises his arm and touches you – on the leg or the arm – whatever part of you is easiest for him to reach.  Sometimes, I don’t realize he’s touching:  his soft touch is like a fleeting whisper of a breeze that passed before you realized it was there.  He is the most gentle creature I have ever had contact with, and when he touches Bob, the expression on Bob’s face is priceless.  Complete joy.