All My Patients Kick and Bite
More Favorite Stories From A Vet's PracticeLarge Print - 2011
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“Many X-rays later it was determined in the emergency room that I had cracked portions of three vertebrae. The radiologist advised me to take off the next six weeks and rest, but he did not understand veterinary practice. The next day, I was back at work, but even removing porcupine quills from a dog nearly put me on my knees. / At home, Ivan watched me from his confines as if he felt bad. He would even whinny at me occasionally, seeming to want attention. Over the next several weeks, my back healed and I was able to turn my body without passing out. As I improved, I was able to at least limp down to rub his nose and give him the occasional carrot. Before long, it was time to give Ivan another try.” (p. 77)
“”Are you sure you want to do this? No one will think less of you if you don’t. We can hire a trainer, you know.” Women don’t realize that these are the absolute last words they should ever use to convince a man not to do something. / When we hear “No one will think less of you,” we receive a rush of testosterone that overcomes any rational fear, causing us to proceed with whatever idiotic feat we should not be doing. So with that, I placed my left foot in the stirrup, threw myself into the saddle, and faced death head-on.” (p. 76)
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