My thanks as well!
I do love Tommy’s exclamation point as he realizes why he was brought to this strange place.
Thank you for the strategically placed leg.
Yes, definitely a smirk. The other cats occasionally use one-fang-smile/smirk.
Comic strip Rose is Rose.
Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper.
I love the different techniques people have mentioned: wiggling your toes, making a fist with the opposite hand, other distractions. Here is a technique taught to me by a wonderful acupuncturist: breathe out in a long exhale as you receive the shot. Breathing in tenses you (think, frightened gasp) while breathing out relaxes you (think, whew).
Glad you are doing better. Welcome back! Have you caught up with the strips, if not the comments?
As a child in the 50’s, I had allergy shots every week for months. That was back when the needles were huge because they had to autoclave them, and they didn’t necessarily file the points every time. Today’s needles are a breeze. When I had my first covid shot, the needle missed all the nerve endings in my skin. No pain at all.