Diesel the Wonder Dog went to the vet this week. No dog actually likes going to the vet, much like no woman enjoys going to the gynecologist, but Diesel bore it well, was charming and polite and calm (even when they took his temperature you know where). Diesel is practically perfect in every way, as I think I’ve mentioned more than once.
The vet, his hands around D’s mouth to better see his long sharp teeth, could not get over how white and clean his teeth were. In fact, I’m pretty sure he actually said, “My, what big, white teeth you have!” But this is not Little Red Riding Hood, or even Once Upon A Time, so nothing remarkable happened after that. The vet did ask how D’s teeth stayed so white and I said that I gave him rawhide chews.
Diesel loves to chase sticks. When he is not chasing sticks, he loves to carry them around, looking very braw and manly. When he is not carrying them around, he lies on the ground and chews the stick to pieces. And when I say stick, I mean log. Diesel gets his ‘sticks’ off of the log pile next to the house.
No, no! Bad dog!
He does it anyway. He likes something hefty to lug around, proving how manly and buff he is. You know how men are.
Anyway, I’ve been so worried that Diesel was damaging his teeth, wearing them down. I mean, teeth, unless you are a beaver, aren’t designed to chew wood. I could see the future so clearly; Diesel, his teeth worn to blackened nubs, like something out of Dickens, eating dog food mush, a shadow of his former, buff self.
How wrong can one woman be? Turns out, chewing huge hunks of wood to splinters is like getting his teeth cleaned.
Stay with me. I’m about to get to the point of the whole thing. I never know what to get Diesel for Christmas. He’d like a toy, but I give him toys throughout the year all the time. I don’t think he’d get the Christmas significance. This year, post vet visit, I think I’m going to escort him to the wood pile and let him pick out the biggest log he can find.
Merry Christmas, Diesel!
What odd gift are you getting for that difficult to shop for person in your life?