07 September 2010
This Old Man
The 'handicapped pets' onboard sign went up yesterday.
It was time to visit the vet. This time it was Tommy's turn for his check-up.
Tommy howled on top of his voice non-stop going there and on the return trip. He howled a little softer when EJ put the fingers through the cage to stroke or poke him.
He shed fur all over the car.
Traffic was unusually heavy as EJ believed many were doing last minute shopping or travelling to their hometown for this long weekend festival celebration of Aidilfitri – popularly known as Hari Raya Puasa.
During those traffic jams on certain parts of the journey, EJ howled in unison with Tommy. In one of those jams, EJ heard loud mewing though all windows were wound up with the air-conditioning on. On realising that the loud mewing came from a young Indian man driving a huge lorry, EJ laughed and was glad that Tommy at least provided a little entertainment in that patience-testing jam.
Everything was fine with Tommy. When EJ commented that Tommy has bad teeth, his vet replied, 'this old man's teeth is better than many cats!' So Tommy received a new nickname – this old man. EJ estimated Tommy's age to be 12 or 13 as Tommy used to visit EJ when younger.
The only problem with Tommy is he is not good in cleaning his face. Dirt collects on those old facial scars acquired before Tommy adopted EJ. His vet advised EJ help him clean. Though Tommy was good with the vaccination shot, deworm and check-up, he fought when his temperature was taken.
The vet then treated the bleeding wound of the next patient, EJ, with antiseptic and band-aid. No charge for the human. One advantage of being a vegetarian is wounds heal fast!
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