A Veterinarian’s Holiday Wish

It’s the holidays, and that means lots of things: peace on Earth, goodwill to men!

Was Brody this teeny on his first Christmas? Time sure flies.

Was Brody this teeny on his first Christmas? Time sure flies.

Just kidding, it means cranky people fighting in the parking lot, someone getting shanked over the last PlayStation, and passive aggressive fruitcake gifts.

I wasn’t always this cynical. I, too, was once a merry-eyed elf with stars in my eyes and garland round my neck, until I worked long enough in veterinary medicine. Then I began to dread the month of December. It is a month of ill portents:

  • Too many people who blew their budget on Black Friday, cannot afford to work up their cat’s pancreatitis, and then blame it all on you in a waiting room explosion worthy of the Fourth of July;
  • The strange but consistent uptick in euthanasias the week before Christmas. Always.
  • Wondering where your card is from your favorite client then remembering with a pang of pain that they lost their dog to cancer in October. Yes, we feel sorrow for your pets. We love them too.
  • Hearing the two most dreaded utterances in veterinary medicine:

1. Fifteen minutes of telling us how every vet before us has wronged them, but we are awesome.

We’re not flattered. We’re terrified. We know it’s only a matter of time before we’re next on the naughty list.

2. The four words you must never say: “Money is no object.”

Translation: That’s because we have no intention of paying the bill. Been there, done that, many times.


So please forgive your vet if they seem a little more harried than usual, if their eyes are open a little wider than normal or their smile seems a little strained. It isn’t you. It’s December and they are bracing themselves is all. Should you wish to improve their month, aside from being the lovely clients I know you are (and appreciate more than you know!) I propose the following ways to make some vet’s day a little merrier:

  1. Food, of course, always lovedMake sure to include the staff in the note. Usually they work as hard or harder than the vet and get none of the glory.
  2. Did I mention food?
  3. Cards. We read every one, especially on the bad days. I still have some from 2003!
  4. Pictures of your pets. They make me smile and I love them.

And should you be stuck for ideas, I’ve made you some ecards:

Feel free to send one to your favorite vet. Trust me, it’s as good as cookies.


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The Abominable Snowman Walks a Dog and Becomes a Star

When most people have to walk their dog in bitterly cold weather, they throw on a coat, hunker down, and head out into the world. One woman in Wisconsin has decided to go a little further than that and turn dog-walking into cosplay. The unknown woman, who identified herself to local television station WLUK as “Bumble,” has been seen walking her Poodle, “Blizzard,” while fully outfitted as the Abominable Snowman.

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The Abominable Snowman of the North, as originally seen in the 1964 television special of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

When approached by the station's news crew, the woman stayed in character, giving her name as "Bumble." The crew asked Bumble why she was visiting Allouez, and in a rough, gravelly voice, she replied, "Bring joy. Happiness."

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She certainly seems to have done that. Since the word started to spread about Bumble, she's become a kind of mini-celebrity among local residents. Some people have even cruised the neighborhood hoping to spot her and take pictures, much like people do with Sasquatch, Nessie, or flying saucers. The difference is, of course, that you're much more likely to go home with pictures of Bumble.

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"I drove down Libal, and she is walking down the street, and I thought, yes, they found her,” said Pam Laabs, a local crossing guard, to the news crew. "When she turned the corner, I said 'Thank you, you gave me a smile on my face for two days.' I said, 'I just thought it was funny.'"

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Bumble told the crew from WLUK that she had one complaint about Allouez: "Too warm," she said. On the surface, that might be a comparison to the weather near the North Pole, but maybe not; full-body costumes like the one she's wearing have a reputation for heating up very quickly. Even in someplace as bitterly cold as Wisconsin, it's a good way to keep warm.

The Poodle had no comment, but seemed to take all the attention in stride.


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Tuesday Dec 9th. 2-4PM. VMSG. 31896 Plaza Dr. San Juan Capistrano.  
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