Dickens had his first vet visit yesterday. Dr. Ed O'Donnell, who has taken care of all my dogs ever since I moved to Oregon, pronounced Dickens "a fine, healthy specimen." Even more encouraging was that Dickens allowed two total strangers, the doc and his assistant, to handle him without so much as a squirm. This bodes well for his future career as a pet visitor to care facilities.
It could also be that Dickens' affinity for Dr. Ed had something to do with Dr. Ed's recommendation to increase Dickens' daily food intake by a couple of cups. I'd like my doctor, too, if he told me that.