Senor Doggus & the Vet

Frankie had his physical Monday night.

Old dog survived the traumatic two mile car trip to the Vet’s office, interactions with other jumpy, barky types, and being poked, prodded, and touched.

Here’s how it went down:

“Oh Frankie, you’re such a gentleman, if only all of our patients were as good as you,” said the Vet to our Rooney-eye-browed dog.

Andy Rooney: a striking similarity, eyebrows-wise; google


As expected, Frank took it all in stride.

In fact, his reactions to the Veterinary Inquiry are shown in italics below:

“He looks so good for his age, I can’t believe he will be 12 this year!”  Thank you; I’ve been doing downward-facing dog a lot lately. 😉

“He’s even lost weight!”  I’ve been walking with Mom every day. It’s nearly the best part of my day, ‘cept when the kid gets home from school. And lunch with Dad. I love lunch. Who doesn’t love lunch?

me and my boy; I can't believe he's about to Graduate!

“His ticker sounds so strong!”  Duh!! Walks with Mom every day. And if you visited my house you’d notice that the squirrels and I have an agreement; they stay on the fence or behind it. Grrr. 

“How does he do getting up and down all the stairs in your house?” Sometimes getting up onto my boy’s bed hurts a little, and, truth be told, I moan an awful lot.  But, more often than not, it’s a sigh.  It’s the the happy kind you make when your belly is full and your boy is near and the sun is streaming through the window. Sometimes I ache but I’ll never, ever complain.  Mom bought me a new bed recently, and it’s so big and fluffy, they call it the “Condo” because I can disappear in it. And I do.

Frankie's condo; it's the least an old dog deserves

“Let’s get him on some glucosamine, it will really help his joints feel better. And they’re liver flavored; dogs love them!”  Clearly we’ve just met; I’m not a typical dog: I don’t eat anything shaped like that without Peanut Butter or a little cheese.  Skippy and Sharp cheddar, that’s where it’s at.

“Flea and tick season is here; we’ll need to start him on that plus heartworm medicine, right?”   Great, more liver flavored stuff.   That’s OK, Mom will hide them in a peanut butter sandwich and I’ll play along. (It’s our secret.)  And when she puts that oily stuff on my shoulders, I’ll strut and channel Billy Idol.

Nice day for a White Wedding yeah! (

“His coat looks great! What are you feeding him?”  Pedigree.  You know … the food for dogs born without one?  Don’t forget chicken broth and a little pizza crust.  I’m pretty diversified, now that I think of it. Hey, is that a grill I smell?

“Have you ever thought of having his teeth cleaned?  We can do that, but you need to know it does involve anesthesia and such.”  My mom’s a farm girl. She loves me but I’m not seeing doggie dentures in my future.  Besides, that’s what Milk Bones are for. Speaking of, when’s lunch?

At least I don't have an overbite!

And there you have it. A day in the life of old dog.  Traumatic two mile car ride and all.

I hope we have many, many more.

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” — Unknown

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25 thoughts on “Senor Doggus & the Vet

  1. Aww, what a cutie! And obviously lots of love all around. 🙂

    • Yes he is definitely well-loved. He has his own fan club in our friends & family = everyone loves Frank! He’s well mannered, dignified and patient. MJ

  2. a great post MJ. glad to hear that your “boy” is still going strong. This post and photos made me smile.

    • Thank you, Rich. We were very happy to get such good news on his health – he has a few “fatty deposits” (don’t we all?) that I was concerned about, his eyes aren’t as good as they once were and he moans a lot. She said he moans b/c he can … 🙂 MJ

  3. What a good boy your Frank is! You know I’m a sucker for my pets as well. Yours is a real charmer.

    • He is simply a great dog – sweet, patient, quiet and well-mannered. I tell him this all the time and he looks at me like, “Yes, I know.” I picture him with a British accent, because he’s so dignified. Do you think yours have dialects? Aren’t dog “owners” a little crazy? Yeah I probably am .. oh well 😉 MJ

  4. This was sweet. Our dog is old, too. Funny how their aches and pains reflect our own. I should probably be taking glucosamine!

    • I thought the same thing but so far, Carlson’s Fish Oil (1 tsp/day) has eliminated most of the creakiness in my knees and the aches in my joints! 🙂 MJ

  5. The post made me laugh and cry… Frankie sounds like an amazing dog, I love how you’re able to channel him 🙂
    The one downside to living abroad and moving about and traveling to lots of places (yes… there IS a downside)…. dog ownership is put on hold… can’t wait to get home and grow old with a dog!
    **Give Frankie a gentle hug from me 🙂

  6. Yes, pets do grow with us and when we take them to the vet, we hope for a well visit. You and Frankie, Frankie and your boy, have grown up together. How special is that?

    • It’s pretty wonderful — going through our youngest photos, Frank is in most of them :). He’ll have a place of honor at the graduation party in June!


  7. Sweet post – I was smiling throughout. I absolutely love that quote at the end. Our pets mean so very much to us. I hope Frank has many more wonderful, happy, healthy years with your family!

    • I’m glad; he’s a good boy and yes, he is loved, just like your Sundae-girl is :). He’s currently snoring up in his condo, but I’ll be sure to pass along your good wishes. Cheers! MJ

  8. Too damn funny! Our Ralph will be 9 this year. Sounds like he and Frankie have a lot in common!

    • I think Ralph and Frank are the names of the sheepdog & backup dog on Looney Tunes, aren’t they? Pretty sure. Sounds like a good combo; I’d bet they’d be friends if they met up.
      Cheers! MJ

  9. Frankie is a well-adjusted, well-loved dog, and rightfully so. He’s got a good life and wonderful family. Glad to hear that all is well with him. What a handsome guy!

    • I have been perusing photos of our youngest since he graduates this year; Frankie is in nearly every photo … :). I hope for many more years with him but, if he left us tomorrow, our hearts would break but we’d be happy knowing he has had the very best life!

  10. Old Dog is a sweetheart…

  11. From one dog lover to another, I am happy to hear Frankie is doing well for his age. I do hope he has many more years with you.

  12. A day in the life of a dog. We should all be so blessed!

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