Monday, March 11, 2013

Finally Coming to a Screeching Halt

Skid Marks in Snow via DreamsTime

Whew, okay, we're back!

Well, you may have noticed that it has been waaay too long since I have written a witty post, or given an update.

Let me come up with a really good excuse 'splain...

Between the holidays, work, vet visits and moving—yep, moving!—things have been ever-so-slightly hectic for myself and Leonidas.

I know, LAME-O! But, there it is.

So, I find myself in a new apartment. Technically I've had it since the end of February, but this weekend marks the first time Leo and I have stayed there full time.

Let's back up a little bit.

Leo's first vet visit! I was a little nervous about the visit. Oh, not the visit itself, but more-so the whole car ride over there. Little Leo had only been in the car once before—when he was on his way to his fur-ever home. Needless to say, that was many moons ago! I borrowed a carrier, and brought it out the day before so he could investigate it, play in it and see it was NOT the enemy.

He did just that.

The next day I said, "Okay, Leo, time to go buh-byes!"

Naturally, he stared at me inquisitively.

"Buh-byes???" He asked wearily.

But, he scooted his cute, little derriere into the carrier with no problem. I hefted him into the back seat, cooed at him and off we went.

I don't know what it was, but the poor Duder was pretty darn nervous on the ride to the vet. He cried, and mewed and panted. I murmured at him reassuringly, and before we knew it I was hefting him out of the backseat and into the office.

We were able to be seen almost right away, which was awesome. The tech and I got Leo out of his carrier, and let him make a beeline for an open cabinet door. According to the tech, that is what all of the kitties do. So, he hid in there until he was forcibly removed by the tech again.

He let her pick him up. He let her weigh him on the scale. He let her take his *ahem* temperature. He let her give him two shots. He even let her take a stool sample for testing. He let her do all of this without a single peep. No protesting, no wriggling.

When the vet himself came in for a final evaluation, Leo was still cordial. Doc gave him a clean bill of health, minus that he wants him to lose a little bit of weight... whoops! Too much love. ::smiles::

Overall, Leo did awesome at the vet!

Leo got back into his carrier, I paid the bill and received a great welcome bag with goodies inside—what a nice touch!

Back into the car we went. This time, not a peep from the Dude. I had to head over to the apartment office to hand in some final documents, which meant leaving Leo in the car briefly. When I got back he was almost asleep! He stayed that way the entire drive back home. I chalked it up to the shots at the time, but when I put Leo back into that carrier to bring he and I to our new home, he took it like a champ! No crying, no mewing, no panting. He just curled up and relaxed. What a good traveler!

Oh yeah, I think Leo's going to be just fine in the new place.
So, the new apartment...

When I got there with Leo, I set the carrier down and opened its door.

And waited.

He was slow to come out at first, but once he did he was juuust fine. Poking his nose around and getting into everything.

After a little while he came over to me and asked, "Mama, what is this place?"

"It's home, buddy," I responded.

And after all of the unpacking, organizing and setting up—and having my Duder there through it all—it really is home now.

So, as you can see, we may have been a little absent, but it sure hasn't been boring.

More updates in the near future!

— E & L

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