Just a note for those microchipping that may help out with the pain. We microchip all our pups before they go to their new homes, so they are wide awake for that BIG needle. To help out (both them and us, because either Kris or I are there for the chipping!), we have the vet put a little topical anesthetic at the injection site. We still have some that cry, but there are a lot now that just wimper a little or make no sound at all. And like Cathryn said, they don't cry very long.