She was the best vet my furry baby could have ever had. Dr. P followed all procedures by putting a muzzle on her mouth, before treating her.

But the gentle submission and total absence of resistance always surprised me. The bedside manners of a doctor influence a patient more than the medicine. It matters a lot when my heart was in the mouth, seeing the baby’s suffering.

I coined the term ‘tenderness of needles’ as I saw my baby getting vaccinated and taking it in her stride quite naturally. Today, this picture reminds me of both doctor and patient again.

Written for Friday Fictioneers


35 thoughts on “Gentleness

  1. Our cat has been unwell for several months and Friday, she’s to get dental surgery. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but her immune system has become compromised. If she survives the surgery, we’re all hoping that fixed teeth will put a spring in her step!
    The ‘gentle submission’ and ‘absence of resistance’ makes me think of our cat. She is such a gentle, passive being.


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