What are your top 3 favorite things about your career?
How many pets do you have?
Currently I only have 1 dog. Her name is Kairi. She first came to the Vet clinic as a neglected dog brought in by the police. She only weighed 7 lbs! She was skin and bone. I fell in love with her loving attitude. She was at the clinic for 1 night so I brought my family to meet and it didn’t take long for her to be loved by all. She has to go to the HSOTC for a little bit, but not for long. We are not sure what exact breed she is, some kind of terrier mix. She is now 13 lbs and at a perfect weight! I can’t imagine a day without her.
Tell us a little about yourself that you don’t think our clients know.
It was a warm evening in May in 1995 when Cosette came into my life. Her life has just been turned upside down. Her family home was on fire!
All the fire trucks caught my eye and the friend I was with knew the family that lived there. We pulled the car over due to being concerned about their welfare. As we approached the scene we saw a few fireman crowded around her. Wrapping her in a blanket and trying to provide comfort. Another was holding an oxygen mask on her face. My heart broke into pieces seeing a little one in such bad shape.
Cosette was only 5 years old at the time. There were not a lot of firemen on the scene and I could tell they wanted to go help try to save her house. I offered to sit with her and try to help calm her. She had soot covering her face and her eyes were huge. Some of the neighbors came over and offered to let me bring her into their house.
Once inside the house I started to help calm her down. Then the unforgettable happened – SHE stopped breathing!! I immediately started CPR. After what seemed like an eternity she came back to us. I was so relieved.
Just a little bit later she was taken to get a check-up by a doctor. She ended up being okay, just a little shock. I saw her the next day and she curled up in my lap and started purring. Cosette was a 5 yr old Domestic Shorthair Cat!
In this profession people often don’t think that we get grossed out. What makes your stomach churn a little?
Honestly, not much grosses me out. The two things that do turn my stomach are when we have a few come in with a broken leg and you can feel the bones all broken up. I feel so bad for them it just tears me up. The only other thing that gets to me is when a pet has eaten something that has to be removed surgically and it has been in the stomach for a long time. It smells so bad when we remove it, sometimes I come close to vomiting – especially when it was in intact rotting deer leg!
What is something that your pets have taught with you that you feel sharing with others would help them in their struggles?
Patience! They have struggles just like people and every pet is different just like people.