Today Hotter and I took Poppy and Chigger to the vet. Poppy got her Lyme Disease booster, Chigs got rabies and distemper shots, and in the waiting room we met a dog-whisperer. Poppy is generally very fearful of strangers, even if they stoop down and offer treats, and refuses to walk on the floor at the vet's office (I have to carry all sixty pounds of her cowardly arse), but there was a woman there with her injured Yorkie who Poppy was very interested in getting to know. To our amazement, she WALKED of her own volition over to the lady's side and accepted some petting and love (much to the Yorkie's chagrin). The lady said she had never met a dog that considered her a stranger, and it was the damnedest thing!
The vet and her assistant were both quite taken with how friendly Chigger is (he mooched right up to both of them for petting), and how well he and Poppy get along (we let Chigger out of the cat carrier in the exam room and let Poppy off her leash while we waited to be seen--apparently most pet owners bringing a cat and a dog in together don't do that!). I asked the vet her opinion on FLV shots for Sphynx cats (our breeder claims the FLV shot will make a Sphynx cat drop dead, a vet friend of mine scoffs at that, and Googling produces mixed results), and she said she tends to think breed-specific issues surrounding certain vaccines and medications are urban myths, but she wouldn't recommend the FLV vaccines for Skeeter or Chigger anyway since they are indoor-only cats who only associate with each other.
Figure One: The vet keeps her trashcan in a cabinet with a cut-out door, and says most kitties jump in there. Skeeter never has, but Chigger did today! The trashcan itself was back a little ways, so Chigs was actually just standing inside the cabinet itself, which is why I took a picture instead of snatching him out of there.
It's nice to be able to afford routine veterinary care without it being a big hairy deal, although while our vet is very affordable when it comes to vaccines and medical treatment, their fees for spays and neuters mean that I'll be looking for a spay/neuter clinic to take the LBCs to ASAP! We've named them, by the way: the girl is Flea and the boy is The Tick, in keeping with our pestilence theme for cats' names :)