Maybe some of you pet owners have experienced this, but it was a new one for me.
The veterinarian needed a fecal sample to test our Golden Retriever, Molly, for intestinal parasites.
Hey, no problem, I figured. I’ve got a whole backyard full of dog crap! Come on by, Doc, and take your pick among the variety of colors and textures. You can find the pungent piles right next to the spots of dying grass where my little princess empties her bladder every five minutes.
If only it was that easy. You see, the vet needed a fresh fecal sample that was less than four hours old.
So now I can add monitoring my dog’s bowel movements to my resume. As soon as I see her contributing her morning glory, I need to run out to the back yard and scoop up a dollop of doody.
But wait: Is there is a special kind of container in which I must place this cargo of crap? Maybe some sort of non-corrosive moon metal? The vet tells me that any container will be fine, even a baggie. OK, glad I got some clarification on that one. Saved me a trip to Petco.
For some reason, I felt ridiculous as I drove to the vet with a baggie full of dog shit on the seat next to me. (Maybe it was the seat belt. At least I could use the carpool lane.)
And then I felt doubly ridiculous when I approached the attractive young vet assistant at the counter, because then I had to explain exactly why I was there.
Assistant: Can I help you?
Me: Um, yeah. I have a fecal sample. It’s my dog’s.
(I added that last part just so there was no confusion, though now that I think about it, I wonder what my own sample would have shown. Food for thought.)
Me: Uh, do you want it?
Her beautiful azure eyes oozed with erotic ecstasy as I reached up and handed her a Ziploc bag brimming with crap.
Assistant: That will be forty-two dollars today.
I felt like I was in some weird porno movie, because in what other scenario would excrement and money be in such close proximity? Aside from my wedding night, that is.
Next time, maybe I will smear some chocolate pudding on my cash beforehand just to see her expression when I fork over the fee. Oh well, that gives me something to look forward to.