The Cartoons
by Franko
(Yes, I am a veterinarian)

Registrar's Reflections

Registrar's Reflections (p.1)

Young vets are like tadpoles. If you click on the cartoon you can read what the Registrar means.


Like two dogs squabbling over a bone

Costs! Charges! Fees! Estimates! Quotes! (p.3)

The business of science. Grr!

Breed recognition
Bitey critters AVA Response

Dangerous Dogs - Breeds and Regulations (p.7)

Three related cartoons.

Recognising the genetics that determine appearance is a magical art that many believe veterinarians possess. How many times is the Labrador Cross puppy amended to a Corgi Cross 6 months later? The top cartoon depicts the savvy owner who is aware of the vet's power to officially recognise, thus alter, a dog's recorded breed.

Most bite wounds, in my clinical experience, are not from the so called "dangerous dog" breeds. My worst injuries working as a vet were inflicted by a rabbit.

Three wise vets, my view of the profession's response, so far, on the dangerous pet issue.


German Shepherd

The Difference a Word Makes (p.12)

' German' breed dogs. I have learnt a few things about them over the years, mostly to do with names and pronunciation.

It was pointed out to me that Dachshunds don't "dash" they tend to "duck", hence Ducks Hoond is more correct than Dash Hound.

While, Rottweilers don't have "wheels". Finally there is a significant difference between a German Shepherd and a German Shepherd Dog. That was the stimulus for the obtuse cartoon. The related article follows:

A German Shepherd went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof Woof."

The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, "There are only nine words here. You could send another "Woof" for the same price."

"But," the dog replied, "That would make no sense at all."


Cannon chicken

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist (p.12)

The 'cannon chicken' faces an uncertain future...

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch [dead] chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all travelling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields...


First timer

First time dog owners (p.13)

Dogs of first-time owners were more likely to be excitable and nervous and to have problem behaviours...


Repair and Release

Wildlife release (p.13)

I once released a repaired dove out the back of a vet clinic to see it reappear a few minutes later in the mouth of a neighbourhood cat.



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