My work as a GP has gone to the dogs, so to speak

My wife’s friend told me recently that she’d started up a business using dogs as medical treatments for humans.

An awkward pause ensued as I considered my response. Which doggy parts would she be grinding into these remedies?

Unlike dairy cows and merinos, dogs don’t have much useful stuff to spare.

Cartoon dogs

Maybe she meant dead body parts? But she adored her puppies, so I couldn’t imagine her handing out organ donation cards at pet funerals... mind you, she is a passionate recycler.

I decided to ask if it was ear cartilage; some of those breeds with huge floppy ears surely have some redundancy?

She rescued the moment by using the phrase ‘animal-assisted therapy’, and I