Some of the preparations we’ve made for our new veterinarians–updated signs, ads in local papers, helping them to find a house to rent–are easy to spot. Other changes are a bit more subtle. Charlie Noland, ever the kidder, left the following for Chris Banks: a pile of new latex gloves, an unused (at least I’m hoping unused) stick of Old Spice, and a relatively clean lab coat.

Charlie's Welcome Gift

Charlie’s Welcome Gift

You have to give Charlie credit as it is thoughtful. The Old Spice might keep him out of a certain level of funk, and perhaps the lab coat and gloves will avert some fluid mishaps. The only thing I’m left to ask, Charlie, is didn’t you get anything for Sasha?