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!


Super Snoopy

Snoopy is the true king of the household and will let you know when he requires anything  by giving a helpful bark or whine. He is the only four legged member in the house and is very happy keeping it that way. He welcomes all visitors, but can be anti-social at times. 
 
You will never find him far away anytime food is involved. This crazy little beagle will do almost anything for a treat or a cookie. He loves showing off all his tricks all at once for a tasty reward. 
 
Snoopy's true happy place is the family acreage out by Mundare. He loves having free space to track, dig and be in his true element.  He loves to try to catch gophers or anything that moves on four legs.

                                                       


Joyful Jasper

Jasper is our 14 month old spazbucket  aka labradoodle.
 
He is a very sweet boy who loves nothing more than to snuggle with the other four legged creature in our home, Pashmena. The two of them are great friends who often times can be found grooming one another.
 
He LOVES his vegetables and will do anything in the world for a green bean or a piece of romaine lettuce.
 
He really dislikes the rain and will not go out without his raincoat on (Princess much?) but snow is his favourite thing in the world. He HATES baths at home and prefers to be pampered by groomers.
 
He has the unusual (though I am finding out it is a very usual doodle trait) of sleeping in incredibly awkward positions.  
 
Jasper is training to become a therapy dog (even though he doesn’t know it) and loves “going to work”.  
 
Jasper is a wonderful dog full of personality, who makes an impact on everyone who meets him!

                                         


Magnificent Magnum, the cuddle bug

 

Magnum is a 9 month old male boxer, who is a giant love bug.  He has grown so fast, he does not realize how big he actually is, and continues to imagine himself as a tiny cuddly lap dog.

 

Magnum loves to cuddle and he is not shy about it! He will crawl up on anyone for a good snuggle.

 

He loves his naps - all the better if he has someone to nap with.

 

He is a very happy playful puppy who loves everyone and anything. Life really is just a big party for this fun loving fellow.

 

Magnum has had his share of concerns as he has grown, but he has come through them all with a big tail wag and smile on his face.  He has truly stolen all of our hearts, and it is always a pleasure to see him and his family come into the clinic. 

 

                      


The Wonderful Mr. Lops

August's pet of the month is Mr. Lops, a wonderful rabbit who has touched the hearts of everyone who has had the good fortune of meeting him. 

Mr. Lops was quite simply the best bunny any person could hope for, and certainly the most handsome! 

He enjoys cuddling, frequent naps on his owner's lap, and most of all he loves his dinner time salad!

Much like a dog, Mr. Lops is able to read the moods of his owner, and always the first to offer a supportive nudge with his wet little nose when he senses that someone's day hadn't gone well.

He is loved by every person that he meets, and will continue to be loved and remembered by all.  He will certainly always be in his owner's heart. 

                                                                          


​Darling Desdemona

 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.

 

 

Hercules has a little teacup Yorkie friend named Lexi.  Lexi is not able to walk very well.  When she comes over, Hercules will grab a mouthful of food and bring it over to Lexi and drop a few pebbles for her.  He also has a little dog sled that he pulls Lexi in when we go for a walk in the winter.

                                                                                    

 
He's my little snuggle bug, and most of all he's my best friend.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                
 

Charlie, Chester and Turtle - the rescued crew

This trio are very lucky to have found the furever home they have!  All three have very distinct personalities, and we are so fortunate to have them as members of our Erin Ridge family! 
 
Turtle, Chester and Charlie are all rescues and they were adopted from three different military postings. 
 
 
Turtle: Rescued in Nova Scotia. She was little stray cat I found out in the cold and she kept coming to our door. I let her in and named her Turtle (being a Tortoise shell cat). She is now our senior of the family and is Queen Bee! 
 
 
 
Chester: Rescued in Newfoundland. Hit by a car, back broken leg for three weeks. SPCA was called in to rescue him from the home and determined his leg had
 to be amputated. We went to the SPCA to donate for his surgery, took one look at him and adopted him and got his surgery done the next day. That was over 6 years ago. Chester is a gentle soul and gets along great with all dogs, and the cats. He loves the beach, but is definitely a dog from Newfoundland, he could roll in the snow all day!
 
 
 
 
Charlie: Rescued in British Columbia. Charle is also a tripawd (missing a rear leg). Same story as Chester. He was hit by a car and confiscated from the owners as they were not doing anything. Someone adopted him but was going to return him the SPCA so we stepped in and took him in. What can we say about Charlie…he is very curious, loves people, needs to be lying near you and hates to be alone. He is a pretty clever fellow, having taught himself to open doors, you can’t keep him closed in for very long! He and Chester are truly brothers and love to play together.
 
 
 
So now we are in another province but apparently I have been told that I am not allowed to rescue another one….hmmm…you never know. 
 
These are our “kids” and we wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.

                                                                                                                        

 

                                     


​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

Leroy is a 6.5 year old neutered male havanese.  He is a wonderful little dog, and brings lots of joy to his family and everyone who has the pleasure of meeting him. 
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.
 
He loves kids except maybe little ones that are too quick to tug at his tail. 
 
He loves other dogs especially big ones twice his size. He best buddy is a lab x great dane.
 
Leroy loves to sit and look out the window, he loves belly rubs, and to sleep under the covers.
 
He's a pretty easy going guy, but he hates to get his ears cleaned.
 
He loves to sit and look out the window.
 
He wears boots and sweaters in the winter and doesn't even mind. 
 
Although he has had some health issues he has been quite a trooper through it all.
 
ps he's an Oilers Fan!!!! :)"

                                                 


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

Bors and Luna are 4 month old German Shepherd dogs.  These two adorable babies are definitely a handful, but they are so much fun!  They have found themselves a wonderful forever family, and we just love seeing them and their people come into the clinic.  We look forward to seeing these two grow up, and helping in their care for years to come.

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. 

She truly loves the two young boys of the house, and never tires of playing fetch and spending time with them.  Her best friend is the resident cat "Dime"; the two of them can often be found chasing each other around the house.

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.