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Bureaucracy and names

Why can't the names of government offices be short? Especially if I have to write a check to them?

Specifically, why does a reasonable name like "DeKalb Animal Control" change to "DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement" , which won't fit on the Pay to line of my checks? Must be because the tag fee (for altered dogs and cats) was increased from $3 to $5--they need the extra presence to handle the increased income.

Agatha has been pronounced free of parasites (duh--she's never outside and we don't have fleas), stable of weight, and has had her rabies and distemper shots for the year. She's hiding under the bed at the moment, just in case I try to put her back in the carrier. She'll forgive me by supper time, I'm sure. I actually let her out of the despised carrier for the 3 minute ride home from the vet, but she found the view of the strange landscape outside the car windows so distressing that she began open-mouth panting in stress. Poor fraidy-cat....



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Aug. 19th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Noone on the acceptance side of checks pays much if any attention to who the check is written to. I certainly didn't when I did the payments for the answering service, being far more interested in the account number being on the check or the check being attached to the statement.

So if you wrote the check to "County Kitty Place" it would be very unlikely to be a problem. DASE or, for that matter, DeKalb Animal Control or DAC would be entirely acceptable.
Aug. 19th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
What they got was "DeKalb Animal Control etc", as my small registration of protest to the name change. But you're right--no one will ever read it, not at the county place nor at the bank.
Aug. 19th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I can leave the cat carrier door open all the way to the vet's and back, and neither one of my cats will even try to get out. It's a big scary car out there, apparently. But having the door open so that I can reach in and pet seems to help, so that's what we do.
Aug. 19th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Agatha so hates the carrier that she will come out (except at the vet's, of course). So she gets the 'reach in and pet' through the grid on the way there, then I open the door in the waiting room for better petting. Once in the car on the way home, she comes out.

You can imagine the fun we had when I moved from Jackson, MS to Atlanta--7-1/2 hours in the car. Drugs were of minimal help...

I think Agatha's better if she either gets on the floor of the car or stays low in my lap, so she doesn't see outside the car. Today for some reason she started staring out and got herself all panicked.
Aug. 20th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
I used to have a cat who would climb up on the shelf behind the backseat and curl up and go to sleep. Of course, Sam was a Siamese, so she had to spend the first fifteen minutes of every trip yowling hard enough to break your eardrums *before* she gave up and did this...

She was a well-traveled cat. We took her on vacation with us every year, and we moved cross-country with her at least three times.

The one time we had to put her on a plane, my mother said when she went to the airport to pick her up, she didn't have to ask anyone where Sam was -- she just followed the yowls.

I still regret not having acclimatized my current cats to the car. I've had them since they were six weeks old, so it's no one's fault but mine.
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