Maggie turned ten last month. Buck took her to the veterinarian yesterday for annual vaccinations. I needed to stay home to meet the AT&T high-speed internet repairman, and so gave Buck a handwritten note for Dr. Cher.
- Re-check lipoma on Maggie's neck.
- Clip nails.
- Look at two small growths on her face and a larger, irritated-looking one on her back.
Getting old is hell. Why is it that skin tags, age spots, moles, no hair in the right places and too much hair in the wrong places are part of the process? Buck was a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach back in the day. Great summer job for a handsome young stud. But skin has a long memory . It can turn surly in life's winter and become the enemy.
Maggie was a youthful athlete, too, winning a wall full of ribbons as a Field Trial champion. But she is not immune from the gray hairs and skin growths that come with longevity.