Aby-a-Day – 10 September: There ain’t no party like a South Boston party, ‘cos a Southie party don’t stop! (Medical Monday)

Last week, we went to the South Boston Animal Hospital’s grand opening party at their new 9 West Broadway location…the building I used to live in.

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After Jacoby and I toured the medical facilities, we went to check out the new exam rooms. At the old location, there were only two rooms…I don’t remember how many are at the new place, but it’s at least double that.

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One room was set up as a photo room, with decorations and props, and guests were invited to use them and take photos. As you can see, there was a luau theme. So we started with the lei, and shot a few poses…

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…before adding the grass skirt.

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Jake wasn’t sure about that bit.

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Okay, Jake, we’ll take it off and move on.

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In the new location, there were exam rooms specifically for cats! No dogs allowed.

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In one exam room, there was a rocking cardboard scratcher.

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I didn’t think Jake would go for it at all, but he surprised me. He ROCKED that thing!

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Then he noticed the mechanical mouse-in-the-cheese toy.

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The yellow plastic mouse would pop out of the white plastic cheese wedge at random.

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Apparently not randomly enough for our Jake.

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“When the bloody hell is this sodding thing going to pop out?”

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And then, finally…

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“Well, that wasn’t worth all the excitement, now was it?” No, Jake…and welcome to about half the TV shows I watch.

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Next we encountered a good, old-fashioned scratching post.

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Finally, a toy I can relate to! Thought Jake.

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“Oh, scratching post…you understand me.”

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In another exam room, there was a catch-the-string machine.

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Despite having a similar toy at home that has, the entire length of its career, been completely and utterly ignored.

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Oh, but downstairs, it’s the Best. Toy. Ever.

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And you know when we went back upstairs the toy we have? Totally ignored.

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But no playtesting session of the exam rooms would be complete without a bit of a schmooze with the vet.

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Jake and Dr. Natalie really did have a connection.

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I know I miss her…I wonder if Jake does, too?

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At the snacks table, there was, of course, ham…and Jake did get a bit.

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He handled it extremely awkwardly, but he got some ham.

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Finally, I just have to share this lovely painting of a white cat and a martini. It reminded me of Kylie.