They Got Me! (And It Was Good!)

3 babies

Aren’t they cute!? Baby sphynx boys. All neutered and keeping warm after surgery!

So today was my last day at work until after Christmas, and I’d known since Friday that it was going to be really booked… all the clients that wanted to get in to see me rather than my wonderfully competent relief veterinarian. I had several surgeries and dental procedures to do, then a morning and afternoon line-up of appointments. I also had to pay last-minute bills, get the Christmas bonuses out, and clean up my Christmas-Chaos of an office. One of the dentals had a slab fractured molar, which translates into horrendous, hellish extraction which took about 45 minutes and caused me no end of frustration.

And to top it off, the 11:30am appointment, the last one before lunch, sounded like a real winner. It was a new client, had been on the schedule since the beginning of last week, and sounded like something that should have been SEEN last week, rather than postponed until today. “15yo dog, vomiting and diarrhea, not eating or drinking, may have gotten into the cat litter, financial constraints” was what it said on the schedule. Now I won’t go into all the ways this didn’t delight me, but suffice it to say that it’s tough to bring one back when it’s been this sick for this long… especially if it’s elderly, without some pretty intensive diagnostic work-up and probable hospitalization and IV fluids, none of which works well when the client has financial constraints. Of course it would also have to be a new client, with whom we have no relationship or basis of trust in order to work out a payment plan. Sigh.

I was a bit behind schedule due to the extraction from hell, and starting to get really hungry. One of my receptionists is pregnant, and at about 11:15, I noticed that there was a wonderful aroma coming from the front office. Unfortunately it looked like I was going to be late to lunch, myself, but I figured that being pregnant and entitled to cravings, she’d just heated up her lunch early while she was still on the clock. Having been pregnant twice myself, I completely understood. I just wished it didn’t smell so good. The office manager came in at 11:35 and said the new client was in Exam Room 1, and she whispered, “He’s weird!”

“How?” I whispered back.

“Just weird! He’s super short but really burly and he’s dressed in some kind of medieval outfit. He doesn’t smile. He just stares daggers at you and hardly says one word!”

This was just getting better and better. “How does the dog look?”

“He’s got it hidden in his big furry coat! I can’t tell!”

Even better. She handed me the chart and retreated to the front. I looked at the client information. Francis Richards. The dog was an intact female named “Lucky” (never a good sign… name them “Lucky” and they will be the un-luckiest poor animal in the neighborhood.) My technician handed me the fecal loop. It was time to meet Francis Richards of the medieval clothing and the dagger eyes. We both sighed, then headed into the room.

And that’s when….

Surprise!

The weird guy was none other than…. Thorin Oakenshield!

Surprise!!! 

Well played, ladies! Here I was dreading the 11:30 appointment for all kinds of reasons… the last thing I expected was a going away early birthday surprise party!

They’d smuggled in the whole staff, a potluck lunch, Thorin himself (bearing 3 balloons for me!) and…. cake!

Veterinary Humor

It’s delicious! Honestly!

To be more specific… it was the oh-so-unappetizing Kitty Litter Cake! Something I’ve long wanted to try! (Veterinary humor. We’re the worst!) I know it looks just awful, but our office manager assured us she’d disinfected the litter box and pooper-scooper really carefully before assembling the cake. (I told you… we’re the worst!)

 

 

Doubled Over

Here I am, shrieking and doubling over in laughter! =)

Oh, how surprised I was! I doubled over laughing and I’m pretty sure I shrieked with excitement when I saw Francis Richards standing there, a little shorter than the rest!

It was awesome!

My crew is the best!!! And they must love me! We had a lovely time enjoying our hot lunch and our kitty litter cake with ice cream for dessert.

“May have gotten into cat litter” indeed!

What a send-off! #FeelingBlessed

 

 

 

 

Office Eye CandyAnd look who’s waiting for me in my office when I come home! It’s Mr. Critics’ Choice Awards Nominee, Himself!

And he’s holding balloons.

Life doesn’t get much better than this!

And now… It’s Disney Time! =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36 comments

  1. Buffy Brinkley · December 15, 2015

    Awww! How sweet of them! Congrats on having such a wonderful, thoughtful staff. And, Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great vacation with your family. 😊

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    • Perry · December 15, 2015

      Francis Richards? Love it! . Great surprise/practical joke. Have a great time.

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      • jholland · December 15, 2015

        In retrospect, I don’t know how I didn’t suspect a thing! LOL

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      I know! It was completely unexpected, and I was so touched! Laughter was a big part of it, too. I was heading toward a really stressed out state of mind, and it just turned my whole day around. =) We’re in Orlando, and the kids are on Cloud Nine just from the hotel swimming pool… but the real fun starts tomorrow. =)

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      • Servetus · December 15, 2015

        I’m laughing because everyone around here is complaining that it seems like it’s not getting any colder … but it is perfect swimming weather!

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        • jholland · December 15, 2015

          It’s balmy and nice, at least so far! Tomorrow we get to pet the dolphins- something on my bucket list! Stupidly excited!

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      • Buffy Brinkley · December 16, 2015

        Have a fantastic time! ☺️☺️

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  2. Chrissy · December 15, 2015

    Wow – you are so special and obviously deserved this!! Love it! Happy Birthday and a Merry Christmas!!!!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Thanks, Chrissy!! Right back at you! I need to get back in and hit my limerick stride again. =) In a couple more days….

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  3. Guylty · December 15, 2015

    OH MY GOD – that is just fantastic. What a fantastic crew you have, they listen to you and know you. What a brilliant surprise. Francis Richards *wipes tears from her eyes* and “dog hidden in fur coat” *still laughing*. You must have some really colourful clients if that didn’t really make you suspicious.
    And so – Happy Birthday to you, m’dear. May you have another year of preoccupation and happiness! Looking forward to September 2016! x

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      It just seemed to be right in line with the way the day was going for me. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a difficult, long extraction. It seemed only natural that a burly weirdo with a dog hidden in his furry coat would come next. LOL! And they do know me, a little too well! LOL! And I’m SOOO looking forward to all the goodness to come in the new year! =)

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  4. Cath. · December 15, 2015

    That’s so good. It looks like Lots of fun.
    Happy birthday.

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Thank you, and welcome, Cath! It was awesome. It would have been awesome just for the surprise party and the cake… but oh, the life-sized Dwarf King! Bliss!!

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  5. Sue · December 15, 2015

    What a fantastic surprise!! “Francis Richards”!! Brilliant!
    Have a spectacular birthday and holiday!!
    Happy Christmas
    Xxx

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Thanks, Sue! (I miss you!) It was truly heartwarming, and anything that makes me shriek with excitement goes down as one for the memory books! =) Merry Christmas to you as well. Celebrate!

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  6. linnetmoss · December 15, 2015

    This warmed my heart and made me laugh! Your staff are the best 🙂 Also love the baby boy sphynxes. So sweet.

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      I hoped it would… had to share it because it did exactly that for me! I couldn’t ask for a better staff. We have a lot of fun. And baby sphynxes are just adorable. When they woke up they were so playful. We offered them a squeaky mouse toy and they went bananas! =)

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      • linnetmoss · December 16, 2015

        They look like little E.T.’s. I bet they need extra warmth for those little bare bodies.

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  7. Glady (@GladyRoland) · December 15, 2015

    Happy Birthday! Such a warm account, you definitely spread good vibes and cheer everywhere! Have a wonderful Christmas time with your lovely family!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Oh, thank you! And I haven’t forgotten I have a picture to send you! Look for it in the New Year… =)

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  8. Esther · December 15, 2015

    Oh, this is so beautiful and warms my heart!! I am grinning here from ear to ear reading this! I can exactly imagine how you feel, some coworkers once surprised me similarly and although it’s already 4 years ago, the memory still warms my heart. This is a memory to cherish forever and I just know you will do just that. I totally love all of it, from the baby sphinxes to the description of Franics Richards to the kitty litter cake! Just priceless!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      I don’t know what I’d do without them… they’re not only competent and beloved by the clients, but they’re such a fun group and so full of mischief and positivity! It was quite a send-off! And then there was Thorin!!

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  9. zan, O1C · December 15, 2015

    Happy birthday, J! What a wonderful surprise! Your staff are deliciously devious. 😉
    Have a wonderful trip — give Mickey a hug from me — and play until you drop!
    Merry Christmas!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Thanks, Zan! I will definitely give Mickey a hug from you! And deliciously devious perfectly describes this gang! Merry Christmas!

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  10. suzy · December 15, 2015

    Happy birthday!!! What a wonderful team, so nice! I really envy you 🙂
    And – Merry Christmas ❤

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Thanks, Suzy! Merry Christmas! I am so fortunate to have “inherited” them when I purchased the practice. It was “meant to be”, for sure. =)

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  11. SHeRA · December 15, 2015

    Hilarious! Sounds like your staff enjoyed hitting all your “hot buttons”! 🙂 How sweet of them ❤ Enjoy the Mouse!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      It was totally hilarious! They do know me, so well… they knew just which buttons to push, even down to naming the dog “Lucky” which they know I’m superstitious about… =)

      (And then there was Thorin… an entirely different kind of “hot” button….)

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  12. obscura · December 15, 2015

    What a great surprise – flawlessly executed!! Happy Birthday and have a fantastic time in FLA!!!

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Yep, I was unable to do anything but shriek (kind of like Geraldine after HK proposed, I think!) LOL. Hope the recital went well?

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  13. Servetus · December 15, 2015

    Happy, happy! Great staff. And I can tell you that having Thorin in your office will improve your life meaningfully and ceaselessly.

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    • jholland · December 15, 2015

      Oh, for sure! I never knew how much I wanted a Thorin Oakenshield in my office until he magically appeared there! He stares so intensely! AND I’ve been informed that he scared the #^$% out of my relief vet when she opened the office door this morning and there he was, looming… =) *snickers*

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  14. Gratiana Lovelace · December 19, 2015

    Priceless! Thanks for sharing this warm hearted story!

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  15. Hariclea · December 20, 2015

    Heartfelt happy birthday wishes!!! So sorry for the lateness!!! I’ve actually had this open in a tab for days but didn’t get round to read until now when i’m at the other end of the yearly xmas journey.
    Looks and sounds like the most perfect celebration!!! You’ll have 4 more things to look forward to in the office not just your lovely colleagues 🙂 The 3 naked little things and the other furry overdressed one … something has gone wrong there, no? :-p I have to say i guessed it when you said burly and furry and that he was hiding the dog LOL But they are clever clever!

    All the best wishes for a great year and a very Merry Christmas, hope you enjoyed experiencing the dolphins close up! xx

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