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Chasin’ Honey

Honey wasn’t racist. She didn’t have a racist bone in her body. She was merely the product of a sheltered upbringing, rarely exposed to unfamiliar people or places during her formative years. Like most, she had inherent fears and anxieties about the world around her that seemed to pre-date memory or reason. Circumstances beyond her […]

Who’s Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

The pager on my hip erupted in a cacophony of beeps and vibrations. I cursed under my breath. I was on call. I knew better than to plan anything. It was still frustrating. I had hoped to get a project I was working on in the garage a little closer to completion. It was 2:30 […]

What Made You Want to be a Veterinarian??

“Did you always want to be a vet?” I get that a lot. Evidently, there are people in this world who somehow know from an early age just what they want to be or do with their life. I was not that kid.  Veterinary medicine was not even on my list of possible careers when […]

The New Years Puppy

Dr. Bobby’s house was just across the lawn from the clinic.  During the winter months when the soil was soft and the grass was dormant you could make out a narrow foot path carved lightly in the earth by countless footsteps coming and going that gently curved  from the side entrance of the lobby to […]

Bonnie and Clyde

Ms. Taylor’s chin started to quiver and the corners of her mouth turned down slightly as the news I was sharing with her sunk in.  Tears welled up along her lower eyelids.  Before they spilled onto her cheek, she dabbed them away with a tissue and looked away.  Bonnie, her black lab nuzzled her hand […]

The Valentine’s Day Debacle

  For veterinarians in rural America, holidays evoke conflicting emotions.  We – like normal people – enjoy spending time visiting with family and friends.  We look forward to tables filled with more food than we can possibly eat and the occasion to have a cocktail or a glass of wine in the middle of what […]

Communication is key!

On May 10, 1997 I walked across the stage at the commencement ceremony for the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to accept my diploma from Dean Prasse.  I stepped off that stage a newly minted veterinarian and stepped into the heart of rural Georgia to begin my career in veterinary medicine. I was […]