Cats and dogs

Code 3 for a “cat scratch. Severe bleeding.”

“What kind of shit is this?”

“Hmm… I don’t think I’ve had that before…”

“I wonder if it’s a bobcat.”

“Don’t drive all crazy.”

A man in his 50s is sitting on the lawn in a nice neighborhood. His sock is soaked through with blood. There is a trail of blood leading up the driveway to his residence, and another trail of blood leading across the street into the neighborhood park, where a bunch of neighbors and their dogs are playing. A couple of neighbors are hanging around after trying to control the bleeding.

“What happened to you?”

“My cat scratched me.”

“It’s just a regular domestic cat, right?”

“Yeah.”

“You on blood thinners?”

“Yup.”

I put some dressings on his leg with a bandage roll next to him. Suddenly, a large puppy, clearly in a very playful mood, comes running toward us, circles around the patient, picks up the bandage roll and takes off at top speed.

“Hey! I need that! Come back here.”

“That’s Buster,” says one of the neighbors.

“Well, tell Buster I want my roll back sometime today.”

“I don’t know if you can still use it.”

“I’m kidding, sir.”

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