Dog Fair Vet: My Hero
Some dogs never get a chance to strut their stuff. She decided to organize a community dog fair. There dogs of all breeds and conditions could compete and be adored. It worked, dogs of every variety attended. At one event there was a blind malamute, a deaf chocolate Labrador and a three legged poodle. The categories ranged from “meat head”, to “most like owner”. to “most impervious to human commands”. to “Most like a movie mutt” and “vet's favorite”.
All she needed was a vet. She contacted John the local vet. He was pleased to volunteer. Many dogs showed up, kids sold cold drinks to raise funds for the local prevention to cruelty animals society. Strangers met and chatted about their loved furry friends. There were breeds few recognized, Saluki’s, and a breed that was Italian something or the other, tall ones, fat ones, large ones, tiny ones, some in costume, pure bred dogs, and mixed or confused breeds and Scooter the Border Collie who was totally impervious to human commands.
John explained the little known breeds, letting all know their best traits. He brought his family and the prizes. He made sure that every dog won at least one gift, he kept tally in his head. There was one prizeless dog left. Although handsome she was a non recognizable breed, a mix of shepherd and daschund I think. He knew the story of the dog, he knew that the owners loved this dog dearly. When a grown child left home she and her mother shared custody of this dog, week about. Yup that was the most time they could stand to be away from her, a week at a time. He made up his own category on the spot. He announced that this dog had been left till last. And he announced that his dog met the ‘Most Loved’ category. And he was right. Weeks later the mother spoke to me, thrilled that her dog was recognized as the most loved. He not only made her day he made her fall and winter.
He announced the ‘Goldie March’ where all the golden retrievers, and in that area they were the favorite, did a once around the grassed area parade. The breeze showed off their coats to full advantage. He gave out his 'Vet's favorite' award and he freely stated that he would not explain his choice as it was his alone to make. He was a great entertainer. John was not paid for this. No one reimbursed him for the separately wrapped gifts, or his time. His family joining him was the frosting on the cake. He may have gotten a new patient or two, he certainly consolidated our loyalty to him, but his goal was to freely volunteer his time and knowledge just to bring the community together.
A bird got too close to a bus. My son and I took the dazed winged creature to him. He cared for it. He allowed my son to visit through recovery until the Ranger collected it and released it back to the wild. No one paid him. He often took in hurt, unclaimed animals. I have moved, I am now out of the area, and the event I miss most is our annual Dog Fair. Thank you John and family, you brought a lot of joy to many, you are my citizen heroes.