This month's Erin Ridge Pet
We are so proud of our patients at Erin Ridge Veterinary Centre that we just can’t help showing off a little. Here are some of our valued clients.Who knows – maybe your furry family member might make a great candidate too! Feel free to submit a picture!
Made of Two Hearts Desdemona aka Fluff Nut, Des Beanie or just Desi is a Eurasier and has been part of our family for 9 years. We picked her up from the airport when she was only 9 weeks old, having flown all the way from Quebec.
Her favourite pastimes are sleeping, barking at the dogs across the street, spending time with the family, and waiting for the family to leave the room so she can eat "the left overs."
Desi has a bossy younger sister Greymalkin who thinks that just because she is a cat the dog must do what ever she wants, mostly Desi just ignores her.
When she was 5 years old, Desi's right eye developed glaucoma and it had to be removed, but the loss of her eye has not slowed her down in the least.
The Mighty Hercules
Hercules is a love-able silky terrier who loves playing catch and going camping. He likes being on the paddles boat and going kayaking. his favourite snack is cheese crisps which he gets every night before bedtime.
Charlie, Chester and Turtle - the rescued crew
Lou, the Gentle Giant
Lou, the gentle giant weighs in at 167 lbs. He still hasn't grown into his paws.
Lou likes to be his mom's shadow, and is always by her side, not matter what she's doing, or where she's going. He isn't overly comfortable with anyone else. He dislikes boys about 12-16 years old.
He like treats (which due to a medical condition he can't have), more thank dog food.
He doesn't like to go out in the rain, or get his feet wet, though he loves going in the lake.
He hoards his toys from other dogs. He likes to kill the remote control truck, and chases is endlessly.
This big boy is full of personality, and has stolen all of our hearts. It is always a pleasure to see him and his family at the clinic!
The real Monty Python
March's pet of the month is a very sweet ball python named Monty. He is a very co-operative patient, and is a pleasure for all snake lovers to meet.
Hello my name is Monty the Ball Python! I am about one year old weighing about 85 grams, and just over a foot long! I am still a baby! I love my mom and dad they love me too. I love to climb and explore my enclosure, when i come out to play with mom and dad i like to curl up around there arms, and hold on to their bracelets with my tail as I am very afraid of falling!
Monty is a very friendly and calm snake, he has never shown any signs of aggression, and helps people overcome their fear of snakes and they learn to love him. Monty will grow to be 4-5 feet long and we are so excited to share his journey of life with Erin Ridge Veterinary Centre!
The Loveable Leroy
Here's a bit of information about our February pet of the month:
"Well first of all he comes to work with me everyday. He is the door greeter at my hair salon. And everyone loves him. I think he gets more presents and treats than I do. He doesn't bark at clients unless he hasn't met them before, so I know he is very protective of us girls. He also has his favourite clients which he recognizes even before they come to the door. He's a tail wagger and a story teller to those select few.
Marvelous Miss Molly
Molly is a 14 year old spayed female golden retriever. She has stolen a piece of all of our hearts, and we are truly grateful to have her and her family as members of the Erin Ridge Veterinary family!
Molly, or "Miss Molly" as we often call her, joined our family November 21, 2002. Neither of us had had a dog for several years, although we both grew up with various animals in our homes. Molly was only six weeks old when we adopted her, possibly too young to be leaving her "Mom", however, we didn't know anything different. Molly was so tiny, and was overwhelmed by the prospect of climbing up and over the threshold at the back door of our home, however, once she crossed the threshold, our lives have NEVER been the same.
'Miss Molly" is now 14+ years old, and although from day one she has been anything but a typical Golden Retriever, she is greatly loved and is a very special member of our family. From a very young age Molly had serious behavioural issues, apparently two of the puppies in the litter were a handful, Molly was one of those puppies. Many hours were spent working with Molly and training her. Molly likes to eat everything and anything, nothing is off limits. One night when Molly and I were out for a run, she found a dead squirrel and decided to swallow it whole from head to toe.
I was only able to watch, as the end of the squirrel's tail slithered into her mouth and down her throat. It was gross, but Molly was "... in seventh heaven". Through the years Molly has chased after many "bunnies", stared down coyotes, tried to make friends with ducklings, a porcupine, a beaver, (which was frightening), and has delighted in rolling in mounds of poop and the remains of dead fish.
Oh, what a joy!! She has had no interest in other dogs throughout the years, however, one of her new best "friends" is a sweet little dog named Finnegan and his feline buddy Fiona. Note: I may have forgotten to mention that Molly absolutely loves people. She has been on countless runs and walks with us, who knows how many miles she has run and swam, however, as she has aged, there is no question that she is slowing down. There are fewer walks, it's harder getting up and down stairs or getting up off the floor, she sleeps a lot,(and snores), and has finicky eating habits, but she still loves to cuddle, is greatly loved and she will always be our "Miss Molly".
As a photographer one of my favourite subjects to photograph are animals. When we first interacted with the 3 day old litter, the pictures began. Having taken literally thousands of pictures of Molly, 14 years later they have not stopped. Molly has given me the opportunity to take some of the best pictures of my 30 year plus journalist career. She has not always been co-operative, but treats have usually won her over, one way or another. I have included some of my favourite photos of Molly.
From opening my dads Christmas gift, to swimming at the lake, and tolerating me put goofy items on her, Molly has been my favourite four legged subject, to photograph.
Through the years we have been very fortunate to have had "exceptional" Veterinary care for Molly, and without a doubt, Doc Cox and her colleagues have been an absolute blessing.
Darling Douglas Fur
December's pet of the month is Douglas Fur, a 2 year old female Guinea Pig. She is a very sweet girl, and a wonderful patient. We are so happy she is part of the Erin Ridge Veterinary family!
She is a wonderful pet! Very social, always loves to be held. Douglas is very vocal, especially when the fridge opens. Always begs for something fresh to eat. She especially loves spinach, parsley, cilantro,and cucumbers. She gets very excited when it's time to change her bedding- lots of jumping and dancing.
She also likes a nice warm bath:) We are still getting used to Douglas being a girl! All our family and friends think it is hilarious that all this time we thought she was a he. We don't plan on changing her name though.
Peanut and Marley the "twins"
Meet Peanut and Marley, our November pet(s) of the month. These two cats are quite a pair; you may think they are twins, or at least littermates, but they actually aren't even related, and are 4 years apart in age!
Marley's first home didn't work out so well, but lucky for her, she was adopted by her dad when she was 1 year old.
Peanut was found under a grain silo on a small farm in rural Alberta. She was adopted by her mom as a 4 week old kitten in 2004. Peanut was the runt of the litter, and because she was so small, she had to be bottle fed kitten milk for about 2 weeks.
When their Mom and Dad first started dating a few years later, they soon discovered they had what appeared to be practically twin kitties! The cats did not get along at first, but have grown to like one another....sort of.
Marley is a quiet, old girl who enjoys long naps and staying inside. She is quite timid when it comes to meeting new people, and can often be found in a closet or under the bed. Thunderstorms are also extremely terrifying for her, as are baths, and going outside. Food is her favorite thing in the whole wide world, and despite her arthritis, Marley will attempt to sit on her haunches like a meerkat to get a little snack. Marley barks like a dog, and will not hesitate to bark at you if you say her name the "wrong way."
Peanut is young in spirit, and enjoys chattering at the birds, attempting to break out of the house, and long stretchy naps in front of the fire place or sunny window. Peanut enjoys being outside and will often bolt out of the door and race towards the bird bath, but fortunately has had no success in catching anything as she is not a huge fan of being near water. She does spend (leashed) time enjoying the outdoors, usually near the garden or under the cherry tree with her mom. She is very docile and while she doesn't quite enjoy toddler hugs, she is a great sport for them. She especially likes when the toddler of the family pushes her around the house in the laundry basket
They are two wonderful cats, and we are so happy they are a part of the Erin Ridge family.
Bors and Luna
They really are bonded and hate to be more than a few feet apart. Bors is named after one of King Arthur's knights (he gets "Boris" a lot), and he's a little more trusting. Luna is still a little reserved and shy, but she's also a little bit more the ringleader as far as getting into mischief. Bors is the loving, fuzzy teddy bear type, and Luna is fascinated by water - pretty much any water bowl will quickly be emptied by her splashing it around with her paws and even submerging her entire head, and she absolutely loved her first encounter with the river recently - but it is a challenge keeping them hydrated and the floors dry at the same time. All they really want to do is play together all day (with a few brief periods to sleep and regenerate before starting all over again). They are very happy chasing magpies out of the yard, which is a more or less endless activity. And they love playing with their cat cousin Cyril, although we have to watch them constantly, as they do tend to get carried away and get a bit rough with him.
Pawchi, the perfect Family Dog
Our September pet of the month is a 4 year old spayed female mixed breed dog. Pawchi was found as a stray in mid January at 6 weeks old! After a stint at the City of Edmonton's Animal Control Centre, she was adopted by a wonderful forever family, and has settled right into her home.
Her favorite spot in the house is laying on the back of the couch, looking out the window.
She loves food of any kind (whether she is supposed to have it or not), and is often getting in trouble for "counter surfing"!
Pawchi is a wonderful Dog, and a very beloved member of her family.