F: What’s a stool sample?
At four months, Cinder is now as tall as Boston and Quincy, although…
…they still have the pounds on him. Not for long. He is slated to add about 10 per month, edging toward full weight (of 90 to 100 pounds) at 9 or 10 months old. That rapid growth makes the months between then and two years, when the chewing and puppy energy start to subside, challenging.
D: A stool sample is some poop.
C: What!? Some poop? Why does the vet need some of Cinder’s poop?
D: He has to look at it. One of the best ways to see if a puppy is healthy is to look at its poop.
F: That’s kind of gross. (Pause.) But, I could help you get a er, uh, eh stool sample, Daddy!
D: Thanks, Fisher, but I’ll take care of that.
C: Do all vets have to look at dogs’ poop?
Daddy takes the kids to school, one of them considering veterinarian as a future profession, the other ruling it out. Back at home, Daddy puts Cinder in the back seat for his second car ride (and first without a cage).
D (out loud, to himself, in the car halfway to the vet): Dang it, Cinder! We forgot. We needed a stool sample.
Cinder just shakes. Well, he appears to just shake. At weigh-in, Cinder comes in between 38 and 39 pounds. He just might have hit the four-months 40-pound mark had he not conveniently deposited the not-so-little present in the backseat.
Drive and ye shall receive.