Paws for Thought

I’d like to tell you about a rather strange day I had. It was when we were living in Spain, it was just a few days after we arrived there to be accurate.

It was late on a Sunday evening when my paw suddenly swelled up. It was so large that my bipeds could see it was swollen as soon as I waved it at them to tell them I had a problem. They decided I should see the vet first thing in the morning, but we didn’t yet have a vet. Most of the vets listed were a long way away, but they found one listed in a small town about twenty minutes away and agreed that’s where we would go.

They then set about writing down everything about me and my paw. This was because their ears hadn’t yet adjusted to the local accent where we were and they were finding it a bit of a strain to hold a conversation. It also meant they could look up the difficult words in their trusty English to Spanish dictionary!

They sat down with an A4 pad of paper. They put down the basics – my name, age, weight, breed. Then they listed the details of my latest vaccinations. The next thing they wrote down was that my paw was swollen. Talk about stating the obvious – it was twice its normal size, so the vet should be able to see that! Then they began on the events leading up to my paw swelling up. I grazed my paw while we were travelling in France, but I’d had a problem with a sharp seed getting stuck in my paw a few months before we left England and I’d needed antibiotics.

The bipeds thought the vet should know all about this. They listed everything in date order – the medication, the doses, the dates the vet had seen me. Then they put down when I’d grazed my paw and how they’d cleaned it and bandaged it. They noted when it had healed up. By the time they’d finished they had covered three sheets of A4 paper. It’s a good thing I’m healthy, or they’d have written a book. A book about me – now that’s an idea!

Boltaña, a town in the Spanish Pyrenees

Boltaña, the town we went to
Attribution: By Bsm15 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We set off the next morning and found the address. My bipeds looked puzzled and checked the address against the one in the booklet they had of local services a few times. We seemed to have the correct address, but we had arrived at a shop that sold office supplies! My bipeds were talking about what to do next when a man stopped and asked if we were lost. My bipeds showed him the address we were looking for and asked if we had the correct place. He said that the address was correct.

They told him it was listed as a veterinary clinic and that’s what they were looking for. He said it had been office supplies for a few years now. He also said it had never been a veterinary clinic as far as he could remember and he had lived in the town his whole life. My bipeds thanked him and said we had a long drive ahead of us to find a vet.

The man then said, “No. I know where you need to go.”

He directed us to a street not far away and told us it was the door right on the corner and gave us a man’s name. We found it without any trouble. The front door was wide open, but we couldn’t see a sign. We went in and along a corridor till we came to the first door. It had the name on it that we had been given, so my bipeds knocked.

A man’s voice called, “Come in!”

My bipeds opened the door and in we went. There was a man in a suit sitting behind a desk. His eyes widened when he saw me and my bipeds seemed as surprised as he was. After a few moments the man asked how he could help. My bipeds explained that we were looking for a local vet and had been sent here.

The man smiled and said, “I do know a very good vet not too far away!”

He asked if we could get to a village about fifteen minutes away and my bipeds said we could. He then took some details about me and made a phone call. When he put the phone down, he said the vet could see us. He drew a small map for my bipeds and wrote down the name and telephone number of the vet.

My bipeds thanked him and we left his office. On the way out, we saw that there was a small sign on the front door. We had been in the local office of the Spanish equivalent of the Ministry of Agriculture!

We got back into the car and set off on the next stage of our adventures, but I’ll tell you about that another time.

See you next Wednesday!


  1. At least it got the job done, and you got to visit the local towns! I’m glad it all turned out OK.
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    • It was quite an eventful day, that’s for sure!

    • I’m so glad Clowie is better!!! Speaking of paws can any one suggest any thing I can do to make trimming my Jeep’s toe nails less traumatic! He cannot stand it and they grow so quickly!!! Help!!!!

      • All I can suggest is little and often. Get the clippers close to him without doing anything and give him a treat and praise. Then trim one or two nails each day, and if none need trimming just get the clippers close to the claws. Give him his favourite treats, and lots and lots of praise. Playing his favourite game with him for a few minutes afterwards will probably help. It gives him something to look forward to when he knows he’s going to have fun. I hope this helps.

  2. Curiouser and curiouser! What a funny tail 😉
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  3. My goodness, C! By the time you find a vet, your paw will be as big as your head! This is an exciting story. I’m looking forward to a happy ending….

    Love and licks,
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  4. Sounds like a good adventure and what a cool looking town!
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  5. Thanks heavens we know it is a happy ending… right?
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  6. Wow what an adventure! I bet you made that man in the suits day!!
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  7. Quite the adventure. Beautiful town.
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    • We had no idea what to expect next! It is a pretty town. There are quite a few old towns and villages in that area, all built from local stone.

  8. Please tell us the rest of the story next week; I’m not good with stories that aren’t complete. I don’t know if it is just me or typical of all us Shepherd/Mastiffs. My biped had a Pyrenees once that bot bit on the paw by a diamond back rattle snake. Talk about swelling….. He got over it though and in due time was his old Pyrenees self. Getting him into the truck and to the vet was not easy since he outweighed his biped and it was his front foot. Waiting for the ending; have a good day. Me and Wickett

    • I’ll see what I can do!
      A snake bite sounds painful! I’m glad he recovered. The male biped can lift me, but he only does it if he really needs to!
      Enjoy the rest of the week!

  9. Your story made me laugh out loud.

    The happy news is that your people got the help they needed. Since you’re telling the story I guess the vet was able to help your paw.
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    • Thank you, I enjoy making people laugh.
      I don’t think I’m giving too much away if I say I have four healthy paws, but the day brought us a few more surprises!

  10. hahaha jeez!!! Quite the adventure just to try and get to a vet!! Hope the paw was ok!
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  11. What an adventure! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of so much drama when trying to get to the vets.
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  12. Wow Clowie, that sounds like quite the adventure. The man at the Ministry of Agriculture undoubtedly was astounded by how gorgeous you are, I’m sure. I am glad he could steer you and the bipeds in the right direction.
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    • Yes, it was quite an adventure. The man was definitely astounded! I’m sure he doesn’t get such interesting visitors every day! He was very helpful to us.

  13. Yeah, life in a foreign country isn’t always so easy. We know that first paw!
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    • It can be tricky! And there’s the stuff that no one tells you when you ask questions – because it’s so natural to them that they don’t even think to mention it!

  14. Hi Clowie! I’m settling in for a good long visit 😀 since I’ve been saving so many of your posts. I probably shouldn’t read backwards thru them tough. Your bi-beds were clever to do their homework first, they are very organized. I bet the Minister was surprised to see big fluffy you coming into his office, LOL. Probably the best part of his day. It’s peculiar about the directory listing an address where there’s never been a vet before but a fun way to meet new people. You must’ve been rolling your eye’s though, since hard to walk on a sore paw. As always, your story telling made me snicker xB
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    • It’s lovely to se you, I always enjoy your visits. 🙂
      I don’t think he’d ever had a visitor like me in his office before! The directory listing seemed very odd to us as well – a real mystery. The bipeds kept parking as close as they could to where we were going, but getting in and out of the car was harder than usual.
      I’m glad I made you giggle!

  15. Wow, what a story! Since you’re still here on all paws we know the story turned out okay in the end, but certainly intrigued to know what happened next!
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    • Yes, I have four healthy paws, thankfully. It was a strange day – we didn’t know what was going to happen next!

  16. You have such a gift for enlivening people’s days Clowie!
    It was good of you to spread that gift across Europe!
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  17. Omigoodness, Clowie! That’s hilarious! I can’t wait to read the rest of your story!
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  18. That is quite the round about way to find a vet, Clowie. I have never heard of such an official vet finding adventure. 🙂 I hope none of that vet searching worsened the condition of your poor paw! I have only once had a rather bizarre vet seeking adventure but I was able to carry 10lb Wilhelm the entire time.

    • The bipeds did their best to keep the walking to a minimum, so I managed fairly well. There’s no way my bipeds could carry me far – it was getting a struggle by the time I was thirteen weeks old, when I was allowed to start walking in public places!

  19. Well, that sure sounds like quite the adventure! We can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.
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  20. This sounds like it could have been a Monty Python skit! I’m glad to already know that everything worked out, but I’m looking forward to hearing about the rest of the day’s adventures!
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  21. Aurora Jean Alexander

    Okay… this was quite an adventure. I hope we’ll get to hear the rest of it soon! And I hope you’re fine, Clowie.

  22. Nearly as much fun as accessing your site on the phone, tracking down my w.p password to sign in with…its long and complicated and I cant remember it lol….then finding I cant comment without it!!I am getting updates now though:) but seems i must wait till back on laptop to visit you! Your paw must have been enormous 😉 Chasing too many chickens!!
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    • That all sounds very complicated, but I’m glad you’re getting the notifications!
      The paw was rather large – it looked quite scary! How are the Martian chickens?

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