To The Editor:
This letter leaves me heartsick, but my heart tells me it needs to be written. Over the weekend of August 1st, 2014, we lost a beloved member of our family. Our Springer Spaniel named Chloe. Chloe was 11 years old, she grew up with my daughter who is 12. My reasoning for telling you this is simple, so you understand my writing this letter.
On Friday evening, Chloe was not acting right. Anyone who has a pet can tell you when something is wrong. As luck would have it, it was past office hours at Clare Animal Hospital, who had doctored our pet since she was six months old. As one would do, we called the emergency phone number and got a run around from the office on call for pet emergencies. Already upset, we started pulling thoughts together, as to what options we had. It just happens that one of the vets at Clare, her husband is a friend and we contacted him. Dr. Schepperley called almost immediately. It was almost 7:30 in the evening and she stated she was still at the clinic if we could get Chloe there. After much poking and prodding, and 2 different meds, she was able to quite our beloved pet down and she seemed to be on a road to recovery. At this point, she said she was not on call for the weekend but if we had to bring Chloe back in the morning we were to inform the clerk that she was to call her immediately and she would come in.
As the night progressed, the dog took a turn for the worst. By 7:00 a.m it was obvious we were on our way back. On the way, we let the office know of our arrival and Dr. Schepperley called back immediately stating that she would meet us there. After ex-rays and more of the same from 12 hours before the diagnosis was not good.
While it seems like I am rambling, and I may be, it is well worth the read.
Dr. Schepperley was amazing comforting us and Chloe making all of this seem like just another day at home…if that is possible. Her bedside manner for the dog was wonderful!! People like this don’t come around every day in this world of “what will you do for me now” society. Leaving Clare Animal Hospital, with one less passenger, I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach but Gail made it seem ok. Death of a loved one is never easy, but she made if as easy as possible.
The Betts Family (Jamie, Kim and Jenna)