Pingy-Dingy Wednesday – Therapy Dogs International

Yesterday I went for my first COVID jab (aren’t the Britts so twisted? way to make shots even more scary than they already are!). From the young fellow greeting me at the door to the sweet young woman checking me in, to ol’ Marcia, the nurse who did the deed, everyone was unfailingly lovely. Loveliest of all, however, was Zest, the therapy dog who was working the observation room. A beautiful golden retriever, she leaned cozily against my legs as I waited out my 15 minutes. Then she sat on my feet as I gave her a good butt-scratching. “She’s helping everyone lower their blood pressure,” said Patti, her handler, when I told her how nervous I’d been. Agreed!

Therapy Dogs International, you get one pingy-dingy! I don’t know much about you, but it looks like you’re doing beautiful work getting the word out on therapy dogs and creating community and accountability. Thank you for making sure these precious therapy dogs are cared for and appreciated!

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter, love, and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday, and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life and pandemic prevent posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”) And…as I go through graduate school, I will post as I am able, Mabel.

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