Like anyone would we want to do the best by the puppies yet there seemed to be the opposite of a consensus on what that even means.
So....back to the day out.
A short, yet noisy, drive later we got parked up at the vets and after popping inside to ask Yolanda a few final questions to reassure us we hauled the crate into the Animalfysio practice. By now 5 of the puppies had nodded off, waking to join in the howling intermittently only when the remaining howler (Rose) stepped on their face. In the end I took Leela for a stroll while they settled down a bit (which mostly worked).
Then the business of the visit began. One at a time the puppies were taken out, given a health check, had their first encounter with a rectal thermometer (the new experiences were coming thick and fast) and then, finally, given their first vaccination. As we expected the gentle examination and eventual vaccination produced a wide range of responses in the 6 different puppies which are developing such different characters. On the one hand we got to listen to the "I've been shot" type response from Teddy while on the other we had Jess who barely seemed to notice. In Teddy's defence he did have to get 2 needles as the first syringe burst when the plunger went down.
Tomorrow, paragliding. (just kidding, we're actually taking them waterskiing :) )
Finally I want to add here that we are incredibly grateful to Animalfisio here in San Jose, Nijar for their support. As well as being very friendly, helpful and reassuring it's really convenient to have such a fantastic practice that offer such a range of treatments (including homeopathic) here in the natural park. They've provided great care for Leela and the pups and for us humans a great deal of support, encouragement and reassurance ever since we found out Leela was pregnant, including a home visit when Rose was ill at just a few days old. Thank you.