Friday, July 04, 2008

My Gummy Babe and a Story

Dear sweet Harvey has had a big week, On Saturday he went to the vet, the first time THE VET was to touch him, and was vaccinated among other things, boy was THAT an experience.
I planned carefully, put some catnip in his carrier, took Archer with us and arranged to go in just before usual hours so he could avoid crowds.
Oh the best laid plans of mice and men...
My lovely vet gave him a sedative to make checking his ears and teeth easier, and said, 'I will be back in ten minutes, he will be out to it then'.
Ten minutes later the vet walks in,
I scoop Harvey out and hold him loosely,
The door opens...
Out the door...through the now crowded waiting room...past reception...through the cages and kennels, then the operating theater... back through the waiting room....up the stairs....through the staff room...and the store room...into the office. All the while I am saying, 'please don't chase him' and " I am SOOOO sorry' about 50 times each. Eventually he jumps onto Jim's chair and sits waiting for me to scoop him up and take him back down the stairs.
We treated his ears on Saturday and he has been Mr Smoochy all week. His reward, I took him back today to have all but a handful of his teeth out. And again, the vet visit has made him really appreciate home and his Mum, it should, do you see that sludge in the background? Chicken breast, poached and blended with organic rolled oats and little sea salt.
It's hard to describe how much I love this little fellow, and the journey he has taken me on. I have grown as a person because I have him, because I have had to earn his trust.


Janine said...

Oh Julie... I can sympathise.... Corky use to be petrified of the vets! We literally had to carry her in (border collie x) and hold her down so the vet could look at her. Luckily I have found a wonderful vet down here and both Baillie and Harley love him! They scratch at the door to get in! And I have so much trouble getting them out the door again! xo

Dawnie said...

how lucky dear harvey is to have you as his mum dear Julie.this might be a great turning point for him I hope.
Hugs to all
dawnie xxx

Danielle D said...

Oh, that's lovely - I know what it's like to do everything you can for a cat, and I know Harvey's very lucky to be loved like that. Also, I'm going to remember that recipe for our dear old lady cat, her teeth are starting to go.

Steph said...

ooh poor Harvey! But he's lucky to have a mum like you!

Jen Crossley said...

poor Harvey I hope he is feeling a bit better

Sue Smith said...

I'm glad Harvey is living in just the perfect place for him! Enjoy the smooches! And the holidays!

Dot said...

Oh poor Harvey! He must have been so scared. Thank goodness he had his beautiful mama with him to comfort him.

I can ' hear' the love you have for him in your words. And I know he adores you as much as you adore him. I think if he and Essie could chat they would have stories to tell about their lives before ' us'.

Much love to you and your furry little man. He must do lots of internal smiles every day he is in your life.

Dotee xoxo

Mykhonsa said...

Wow! I like cat too! please feel free to see my cats

Jacky said...

Poor Harvey, thank goodness he has a mama who loves and protects him... by the way, he looks very handsome in his photo!

One Crabapple said...

Poor Gummy BOY ! laughing. No kidding ! OUWCH

Oh he is going to really be a lovey cat after all this treatment to help him feel better. And just look at him ( I have not seen him in awhile ) - he is so pretty. His hair is soft and beautiful now , isn't it? And I see he is EATING wELL ! He has some weight on and looks snuggly. What a nice vet you have. All this help to get him the help he needs without too much stress.

GO Harvey !

His life gets better and better and he never knew it could be this good.

He is so lucky that You Picked Him.

Or really....they pick us somehow , don't they ?