Year after year this happens, as it has done for 22 or 23 years now. About two weeks before Tikva [and Pereg and Lexi before her] is due for her mandatory Rabies shot, I telephone Vadim, our Local Authority vet. It usually takes a few calls, mainly leaving a message on his answerphone - some times actually getting an answer from him, and it is usually "I will be there next Tuesday [or whenever". And he eventually turns up. Well, the two years prior to last year it was another vet but last year he actually turned up himself. This time I have been trying again but only getting the answerphone to leave a message. Until just over an hour ago I was telephoned by a vet who said she would be here within the hour - and she was! So Tikva has had her Rabies shot - which all the vets here are trying to get the Ministry of Agriculture to change the protocol for a shot every two years instead of every year, even though it actually lasts for three years, but no, it is still mandatory every year. And it was only 11 days late this year!