Every now and then a patient will do something touching and unexpected, and today was one of those days. Last week a patient had missed an appointment, and was really embarrassed when I called her to see how she was doing. Everybody does that a one time or another, and I was more amused than anything when she told me she’d gone out of town to visit some friends instead of coming in for her appointment while she must have felt like she’d been caught skipping school. We laughed about it when she came in today, but as she was paying her bill she said she wanted to give me a little extra for taking up my time like that. I’d already told her several times she didn’t have to do that, but she said I should take it anyway as it would make her feel better. So I did and that will take care of a part of the vet bills I’ve been paying these days.