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“In the meadow we can build a snowman… and pretend that he is…Dr. Cullen… what are you doing?” Sue asked entering the treatment area.
She was barely audible over the vibrating shears. Using my left hand to hold down the small poodle, while I worked his black, curly fur with the other I explained, “I just thought I’d give Jake here, an extra special trim.”
“Okay, but Dr. Cullen you know we have a groomer on staff for that and actually, it’s the practice’s policy to ask the owner if they prefer their dog groomed before surgery.”
“Oh, well now he has the dignity of looking sharp for his life altering snip. And honestly Sue, I’m bored.”
“You’re in luck then, we just got our first after hours holiday call. There’s a problem with the foal out at the Swan ranch,” she explained handing me a thick manila chart.
“Uhm… yes, that’s Charlie’s daughter,” Sue settled back against an exam counter preparing herself for the arduous task of dealing small town gossip. She continued, “Pretty little thing, sweet too. Just moved back into town a few months ago; lonely enough to live with her folks again. Cute, young woman like that should be off married and making babies. Rumor has it some big city boy broke her heart right after college.” She leaned in, whispering, “You know, old Mrs. Varner at the church said she heard he was a real cosmopolitan type. I betcha he was one of those metrosexuals.” She gestured quotations with her holiday manicured nails. “Anyway… lovely family. And that Charlie Swan, oh my, is he ever a tall, handsome drink of water…”
“So what’s wrong with the foal?” I knew, despite the ex cosmo boyfriend, there was nothing wrong with Bella Swan.
“It was actually Bella that called. She’s out there alone for the holidays; her folks left for the Florida Keys, a second honeymoon, I hear. Anyway, the foal won’t eat. The mare’s trying to wean, but the baby won’t do solids and it’s been a few days. Bella’s been trying a bottle, a syringe, the whole kit and caboodle, poor thing. Now it’s probably got nipple confusion. She sounded real worried.”
Nipple confusion and Bella Swan…