He had his checkup this morning. I'll begin the post about vet visits as I always do: The Car Ride
Seamus, like Flynn, is a dream rider. Eager to get in, he settles in the back of the PaddyWagon and just lies there, head up, tail swishing. Such a happy boy in the car! I should take him for rides more often, he enjoys it so much.
In the clinic he was the epitome of the lab good will ambassador (as Flynn was). Gently, gently greeting and niffing on the smaller dogs waiting to be seen, happily but softly greeting the peeps coming in. Shea has never been a "jump on people" guy, but a couple of times he couldn't resist a small (VERY small) upper body *bounce bounce* to say hello to a human. He contained that movement all on his own. I was pleased with him.
After a routine examination (for which Seamus was the ultimate in gentle compliance) Dr. Wendy pronounced him to be in excellent health. "Teeth are gorgeous, his coat is wonderful, ticker is perfect. A little bit of arthritis in his right back leg, but nothing serious. He can have a coated aspirin once a day for that." (I already knew about the arthritis from when I began hearing that back paw slightly drag for a step or two and that is only occasionally.) Wendy is checking thyroid, will call with that report this afternoon.
Keeping in mind that Shea is a very big boy (I'll check his height in inches at dinner tonight) he weighed in at 109 pounds. Don't anyone *GASP*... given his height, length and build it's the weight I expected. (Actually, I had estimated 107 so I guess my assessment in that regard is pretty accurate.)
So! I'm relieved, I'm very happy with this report on my 10 year old boy.
P.S. Lying in the doorway of the exam room, he was mesmerized by the caged parakeet in the room across the hall.
Seamus and Flynn
Good boy Seamus! I'm glad he got a good report.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Great news!!! Such a gentle old soul.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Wow!! I never knew he was so big!! He must be very tall since he doesn't look at all overweight.
He sounds like the perfect gentle giant.
Wonderful checkup! I would not have guessed his weight to be that high either, definitely doesn't appear overweight. My Ozzy was a byb 1/2 bench and 1/2 field and weighed 113 at his heaviest. He never looked overweight, just tall and long like Seamus. His vet never once complained about his weight. He had a big, blocky head like a bench lab but closet to the body of a field lab. He was actually quite handsome and his vet called hum "a magnificent beast", lol! Sounds like they were brothers from different mothers!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Ha. Mine do that "bounce bounce" too but I feel secure that they won't jump on anyone. (Tony is another story.)
Stay healthy Seamus.
So happy to get the good report. Hope the thyroid test is negative! Big hugs to a Grand Boy, way to go Seamus.
Great news. He sounds like such a gentle boy.
Isn't it great to have a sister