What? We’re taking a trip? Where…..where…..where??? The VET!!! I think I’ll go hide in the closet. Waving that treat in my face is not going to do it….it would have to be a whole ham….and I’m not even sure I’d come out for that. Girl says I must go because it’s good for me to stay healthy. She says I must set a good example for Kitty when it’s her turn. I can’t argue with that too much so let’s make the best of it. I hop in the back of the car and Owner takes off.
Thru the little town, Owner navigates the streets expertly until we pull in the drive. Girl takes me for a walk over to a bright red fire hydrant that says “Pee Post” on it….Really? how cliché. I don’t think so. In the waiting room there are 2 other dogs with me. There’s a pug called “Princess” and a chocolate lab puppy named “Bear” Princess is aloof and won’t even look in my direction. Bear, could not be more opposite. Play with me….. Play with me….. Play with me…..come on……you know you want to…. Play with me….. Play with me. One swish of my tail and he’s on his back whimpering like the little puppy he is. Girl apologizes to Bear’s owner who in turn has scolded Bear sufficiently. “She doesn’t want to play right now, Bear. Maybe she’s a little nervous to see the doctor”…darn right I’m nervous!. It’s finally our turn and we go in.
The doctor is very nice indeed. He takes his time to check my teeth and ears and fur. There seems to be something wrong with my ears and the doctor gives Owner some drops for them. Twice a day for 10 days. I can deal with drops. Afterwards Owner says I was so good and the whole family goes out for ice cream. Boy and Little Girl are exceedingly glad to have the ice cream and I overhear them ask Owner when I will have to go again so more ice cream can be had. Owner says not until next year. NEXT YEAR? You mean I have to go EVERY YEAR? ……I need a hug…..Peace out Pups!
Meow….Meow….Meow….Why Kitty insists on sleeping with me I’ll never know. I’ve told her many times that the dog bed beside Little Girls bed is for ME ONLY. Still she manages to snuggle in beside me whenever she feels like it. I’ve been told that I’ll get used to it and that I must not make a fuss because she is part of the family too, but I still don’t care for it.
There is a slight breeze coming from the closet. I must investigate at once. I get up ever so slowly as not to wake Kitty. I silently slink past the frilly dresses, past the shiny black mary janes, and BAM! I find myself Rio de Janeiro in the middle of Carnival! I can hardly see what’s going on, but everyone is having a great time. The performers are so beautifully dressed with the most elaborate costumes I’ve ever seen. I started talking to a local Bulldog names Luis. He told me that that this carnival is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets.
The first festivals in Rio date back to 1823. The carnival is supposed to last for 3 weeks, but it often runs overtime. I started to get a little hungry and I asked Luis if there was any good food here. Ah Muchacho! Try the Espetinhos. This is Brazil's version of shish kabob, espetinhos are tasty morsels of barbequed meat on a stick. The most common are sausage and chicken, and many Brazilians add ketchup or hot sauce and throw some farinha de mandioca, a type of crunchy flour, on top. There is also Milho verde. This is salad greens, or any food that isn't deep fried and over salted. Lots of boiled corn-on-the-cob, served with butter. This is so great! I could stay here for quite some time.
What’s that I hear in the distance?…….”Jax, time for supper”. I trot out of Little Girl’s closet and down the stairs for supper. What a day! I’m exhausted. Those trips thru the closet really take it out of me……..Peace out, Pups!