The Chiropractor


When mom said I was going to see the chiropractor I had no idea what she was talking about. I asked Tess and she didn’t have a clue. So I looked it up in the dictionary.

It says chiropractors figure out mechanical problems with your spine and fix you up by moving your bones around. Dad says that sounds like getting an alignment on the car. Anyway, I really didn’t know what I was in for.

We got to the vet around noon. Dr. Hannah is married to our everyday vet Dr. Brad. She’s the vet for horses and does chiropractic and acupuncture too. Mom forgot to tell me how really nice Dr. Hannah is. I liked her right away even though I knew she was gonna do some funny stuff with me.

Mom told Dr. Hannah that I twitch my head up and down when I’m nervous or out of breath. Mom’s worried that I have a kink in my neck because of all my acrobatics. I can do a mean flying dog imitation if I do say so myself.

I was embarrassed and wouldn’t do my twitch stuff at first while Dr. Hannah was watching. So she started feeling around my neck and said my head was rotated crooked on my spine. She gently pushed and pulled, twisting my head from side to side. I heard a couple of things go pop.

Mom said my blue eyes got real big and I looked scared. Next thing Dr. Hannah pushed a rib back in place. Oh that felt good. She went over my whole body, feeling for spots where things were crooked. She even worked on my toes. I was just getting into this whole chiropractor thing when it was over.

Dr. Hannah said I was real good, but she forgot to give me a treat. Then she told mom I had to be quiet the rest of the weekend. Mom asked her if that meant no ball. When I heard “no ball” my ears perked up, my eyes got big and I twisted my head to the side. It was pretty clear I didn’t like what I had just heard.

Dr. Hannah looked right at me and said, “No ball for two days, Asher.” Nuts. That was gonna make for a lost weekend. But I liked Dr. Hannah anyway and I didn’t mind when she told mom I should come back for another treatment in a few weeks. Maybe next time she’ll remember to give me my treat. Thanks Dr. Hannah.

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