Thursday, August 22, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Vet is dog’s best friend
When we moved to the wilds of Mississippi from the city streets of Memphis, Tenn., we naturally brought our dog with us.
Nock, so named because the blaze on her head looked exactly like the nock (feathery tuft on end) of an arrow, was our daughter’s best friend. A beautiful beagle, she was the epitome of beagles. At that point in time, beagles were about the only breed of dog we’d ever owned.
We hadn’t lived here very long at all until Nock made the acquaintance of a wild raccoon. She was gone for several days before staggering home on a Sunday afternoon with several vicious gashes on her shoulder and some kind of white stuff embedded all in the wounds.
That’s the day we met Dr. David Childers at Willow Bend Animal Clinic.
We called in a panic and he met us at the clinic and we knew in that instant that we’d found our dog’s new best friend.
The white seed-looking things turned out to be maggots, which Dr. Childers said was a good thing — gross but good.
Dr. Childers has met us many a time on a weekend or weeknight since — sick cats, sick dogs, sick horses, etc. He’s dispensed pills and good advice the entire 28 years we’ve known him. He’s even made house calls!
Last Tuesday, Willow Bend Animal Clinic held an open house for Dr. Childers, spearheaded by Dr. Mike Thompson, fellow veterinarian at Willow Bend. (Dr. Thompson is also a best friend to our animal family.)
By the time I got out there Tuesday, the place was packed! From what I understand it was packed all afternoon. There’s not much more important to animal lovers than someone who takes care of our furry friends for us.
During the few minutes I was able to talk to Dr. Childers last Tuesday, we talked about ice cream — for dogs.
Seems like the ice cream truck there for the party had brought “Frosty Paws,” an ice cream treat for dogs.
David said it was a big hit for some of the four-legged friends that visited that afternoon!
Thank you, David, for all you’ve done for those we love so dearly!
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