12 November 2010
Yesterday was the scheduled day for Tanya's stitches to be removed.
As soon as Tanya was placed in the cage and strapped down with the safety belt to prevent the cage from sliding, Tanya started to howl.
During the journey, she showed signs of stress, started panting and drooling. Her two long drools stretched unbroken from her mouth to her feet and she was sitting up.
Rain started in mid-journey and soon became a torrential storm. Tanya continued yowling.
With decreased visibility and that home-made onboard sign up, EJ drove slowly.
There were stretches on the road where even motorbikes overtook EJ but EJ was not concerned as safety on a wet road is more important than showing off. EJ just kept at that tortoise pace on the slow lane.
On reaching the clinic, EJ was delighted that the heavy rain became a light drizzle and right in front of the clinic was an empty parking lot. It was good timing.
After Tanya had the stitches removed, heavy rain started again.
While waiting for the rain to ease, EJ had biscuits and a hot drink with compliments from the friendly vets and staff in the clinic.
Miraculously, Tanya slept quietly during the long drive home though traffic was a little heavy as it was still drizzling.
Last night Tanya still had her 'bonnet' on to prevent her from licking the antiseptics sprayed on the stitches' wounds.
The 'bonnet' came off this morning. Tanya is now sleeping on EJ's Mickey Mouse shorts, obviously tired from yesterday's ordeal.
And she snored too.