Public Examination

I left you in suspense last week, I’ll continue the tale from where we left it. We had just climbed back in the car to go and find the vet, using the information from the man in the office of the Ministry of Agriculture.

It only took us about fifteen minutes to drive to the village we’d been told to go to. On the way, the bipeds agreed that if they were not happy with the vet then he would not be allowed to touch me and they would drive to the city to find a different vet for me.

We arrived in the village. It was quite pretty, with a central square. We parked and my bipeds quickly spotted the bar they were looking for. They had been instructed to ask for David (pronounced Dah-BEED) in the bar. The female biped seemed a bit dubious about dragging someone out of a bar, so she stayed with me while the male biped went in to find David.

Plaza Mayor, Labuerda, Aragon

The village square

He soon returned, saying that the person tending the bar had said David would be out soon. We were parked in the shade and so we waited in the car, until we saw a young man carrying a medical bag walking across the square towards us. My bipeds helped me out of the car, so that we were ready to greet him.

He introduced himself and asked how he could help. My bipeds said I had a swollen paw and the female biped handed him three sheets of A4 paper neatly clipped together, telling him that the details were all written down.

He asked, “Do I need to read all this?”

She replied, “Yes, it’s everything we think could be relevant.”

He said, “Okay.”

He began to read. There was silence. After a while, he put his finger near the bottom of the first sheet and began to ask a question. Then he looked up and saw the expressions of intense concentration on the faces of my bipeds!

He said, “Don’t worry! I’ll keep reading – the answer is probably in here.”

He finished reading and said that he just had a few simple questions. He wanted my bipeds to confirm I was not taking any medication. He also asked whether I was eating okay, which I was. And then he wanted to know if my bodily functions were normal.

He handed the papers back to my biped and said he’d take a look at me now. He quickly checked me over and turned his attention to my paw. He trimmed away lots of white fur so that he could see clearly. At this point, some of the dogs that had been gathering around the edges of the square decided they needed a better view and moved closer.

David stopped trimming and looked very closely at my paw and leg. My bipeds were both watching him intently. I stayed quite still even though I was on quite a loose lead. About half a dozen of the dogs moved in even closer. We were probably the best entertainment they’d had in days!

David now felt my paw and leg thoroughly and started to flex each joint. This became too interesting for one of the dogs to resist and he moved in to try to sniff my paw. Luckily, the female biped had noticed and thought that was a step too far – she moved in front of the dog and he retreated slightly. Another dog moved in closer on the other side, but the male biped noticed and moved to block his path.

I think I’d have found it amusing to see my bipeds dancing back and forth, if I hadn’t been balancing on three paws! I was grateful my bipeds were making the dogs keep their distance. I think my bipeds were as pleased as I was when David put my paw down and stood up to tell us what was needed.

David said that I needed some antibiotics and my paw should quickly return to its normal size. My bipeds’ faces broke into beaming smiles on hearing this news. However, it wasn’t long before they discovered that getting the antibiotics wasn’t going to be quite as straightforward as they expected – I’ll tell you about that another time!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Nothing is ever simple in a new country!
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  2. I hear ya… it can be a challenge to be the stranger in a country… and it sometimes feels like Bonnie Tylers Lost in France even when you are in Spain. It’s interesting that you had to ask for David ain a bar, but hey at least it worked :o)
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  3. Those rude village square doggies were not showing very good manners. Didn’t they ever learn it’s not polite to stare?

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    • I don’t think they were concerned about things like manners, Cupcake! There were always lots of loose dogs in that village.

  4. When you’re away from home sometimes things aren’t as EASY to take care of as they are at home! A paw injury when you need medicine is sadly one of those things……anxious to hear how this turned our Clowie!

    Love, Sammy
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    • It’s surprising how tricky it can be to get something basic sorted out! You know I have four healthy paws, Sammy, but the bipeds’ stress levels soared that day!

  5. I’m not sure how Jeep( my boy baby) would act in another country much less out of my back yard! Clowie you are such a good girl!

  6. I am just happy that David was able to find the problem… whew. I find it very interesting how interested(nosey)the other dogs were about what was going on. But, I would have been curious had I been there… maybe they thought there were treats being handed out. It is hard enough to get the medicine we need in the states frequently so I will be looking to see how you got your antibiotics! Sorry I didn’t holler at your bipeds yesterday for the Teaser… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • My bipeds were very peased that David knew what the problem was and how to make my paw better. We’ve been to that village a number of times since and the dogs always want to know everything! It’s a small place, so anything different is fascinating to them.
      I forgive you for not waking me up. ๐Ÿ˜€ Any week now, I’m going to get that first commenter badge!

  7. Since you’re here telling the story, we’re assuming you came through this okay. But oh dog what a cliff hanger in the meantime. So glad you’re with grrrrrrrreat bipeds. wag wag Max & Bella
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    • You’re right, I soon recovered. But my bipeds were feeling a bit stressed till it was sorted out!
      Enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. What a tale – tough to be sick in a strange place.
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  9. I’m not hearing anything about treats being handed out to you in all this mayhem and waiting. Can it possibly be that there weren’t any? Oh my, I just can’t believe it!

  10. Sounds like quite the time!! Except now i’m wondering what the heck happened next!!!!
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  11. Well, it was certainly a strange way to go about it, outside being surrounded by other dogs, but at least you got a diagnosis, and David seemed very capable. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the story about the antibiotics though. If the vet was in a bar, I wonder where the drugs might come from? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Did your bipeds stay calm throughout all of this? I think I’d be freaking out. That must be why I stick close to home most of the time!
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    • My bipeds said they didn’t think a nervous dog would cope with an audience like that. David became our regular vet while we were living in that area.
      My bipeds maintained the appearance of calm and kept their focus on what they needed to do, but they admitted later that they were feeling quite stressed.

  12. Bet that was the STRANGEST exam you have EVER had! Question, did he charge you? (after all, you were OUTSIDE! lol)
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    • It was the strangest exam! I don’t think any of us could quite believe it!
      For now, I’ll just tell you that my bipeds said it’s the most reasonable bill they ever had from a vet.

  13. Oh man, I guess this will be a long story and we keep having to wait! Vets in foreign countries are so different!
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  14. Sometimes the best solutions come out of bars. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. The vet didn’t keep the correct antibiotics in his bag? ๐Ÿ™‚ Brychwyn had a swollen paw that had to lose some fur to be examined and his fur is not as furry as yours! You are a very patient dog, Clowie. I also don’t think either of my three dogs would have been so patient with all those curious town dogs around. Maybe those dogs sniffed out your antibiotics? Obviously I am ready for more of this story!

    • There was quite a bit of white fur flying about the square! I’m happy that my bipeds kept the dogs back a little. I don’t think I’d have like them getting close enough for a good sniff while I had one paw up in the air.
      All will be revealed about the antibiotics in the next part of my tale!

  16. That’s what you get for chasing Martian chickens all day and night!! Swollen paw!! Of course you’ll need special antibiotics to deal with Martian bourne infections lol so I look forward to the tale of how you achieved that one!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • That would be why there was a problem getting the antibiotics! I hadn’t thought of that! I’m glad we got them and it cleared up the problem.

  17. I’m glad the village vet worked out ok. I’ll be looking forward to hearing the antibiotic adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter , and for voting on the BoTB offering — I’m glad you found me. As a fellow dog lover I’ll be a frequent visitor. I also have a dog blog if you’re interested, Life in Dogs , though I haven’t updated it in — well, too long. But I mean to. Soon ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • My bipeds were very relieved to find a vet locally. The whole day was quite unusual!

      Thank you for returning my visit, it’s always lovely to make a new friend. I will pop in and visit your dog blog soon.

  18. Oh no. The anticipation is killing me Clowie. I would want to sniff your paw too. Good thing your female biped was there to keep your curious dog friend at bay. Looking forward to hearing more. – Jade
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    • I don’t suppose the dogs see that happening in the village square very often, so it’s natural to want a better view. I’m glad you want to hear the rest of the tale!

  19. This certainly is an interesting saga, Clowie. ๐Ÿ™‚ So unusual to be examined right in the middle of the village square. Love the photo – typically European. Looking forward to the next installment!
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    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it! We were all a bit surprised about being examined in the village square – I’m not surprised the dogs found it fascinating.

  20. Hope the antibiotics weren’t horrible to take!
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  21. Oh Clowie, I’m enjoying this story so much I’m thinking it should be a little movie–maybe like the Peter Mayle stories about living in Provence?
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  22. I wonder what those dogs normally do for entertainment! What an adventuresome life you’ve had, Clowie! You and your bipeds really need to think about expanding your writings. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • We’ve been to that village a few times since and the dogs follow and watch anyone who is outside.
      I’m telling my bipeds I’d look good on a book cover.

  23. Aurora Jean Alexander

    Oh no!! I really keep my fingers crossed for you, your paw and your antibiotics!! I wish you could have written about it right now.

  24. Wow, finding the Vet at the bar and then having an exam in the street ! They’re very casual there aren’t they? Looks like a pretty ancient little town too. I love dogs and so worry about they ones watching that day. Why were they all on their own? Does everyone just let their dog out in the morning to roam or maybe they were strays? Very
    paw-culiar ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • We later discovered that the vet’s family own the bar, so maybe it wasn’t as strange as it at first seemed.
      My bipeds were concerned about the dogs as well, but we’ve been to that town many times since and they’re always wandering about. The dogs do have homes, but they’re allowed to roam freely – it’s very common in rural Spain.

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