Petersen Pet Hospital - February 2020

Monthly Pets First

February 2020

Must Love Dogs (AND CATS AND BIRDS AND FISH)

If you’ve lived in Cedar Rapids for over a decade, you’ll remember the Cedar River flood. In June 2008, the river crested to the highest point in the town’s history, spilling over the banks and flooding 10 square miles of the city. Over 10,000 people were displaced and animal control found themselves overwhelmed with pets who were also forced out of their homes. Fortunately, Kirkwood Community College set up a temporary shelter in their equine facilities. Hundreds of dogs and cats were brought into the barn during the crisis. Officials asked local veterinarians to come in and examine the pets to make sure they were healthy and free from contagious diseases. I didn’t hesitate to volunteer my services. When I arrived at the barn, I almost immediately ran into another volunteer, a woman I had never met before. I asked her what was going on and how I could help. She showed me what I could do and eventually, we went our separate ways. During the rest of the day, I found myself thinking about her. Later on, I looked her up on Facebook and sent her a friend request. That’s how I met my fiancée, Stacey. What attracted me to Stacey most wasn’t her looks — though I still remember how stunning she was that day. I wanted to see her again because she had volunteered her time to help animals. Stacey obviously shared my own love for animals. I knew she was the kind of person I wanted to have in my life. We started a friendship and began dating soon after that. It’s been almost 12 years since I met Stacey, and she’s still the most amazing woman I know. She’s so giving, almost to a fault. Sometimes she goes so much out of her way to please others, she forgets to take care

of herself. But she’s the kind of person who aims to make other people happy. Having her support has been invaluable. When I need help or advice on making a decision, Stacey is there. She’s always willing to give her time and energy to any worthy project or cause. I could not be luckier to have Stacey in my life, and I’m so excited that I’ll soon be able to call her my wife. kind of person I wanted to have in my life.” “Stacey obviously shared my own love for animals. I knew she was the

Stacey and I are getting married this month, and I can hardly believe it! I’m 49 years old and have never been married. I’ve often said that I’m slow when it comes to relationships, but I want to make sure I’m with the right person. There’s no doubt in my mind that Stacey is the right person for me. We’ve grown so much together and our relationship has gotten stronger every step of the way. I can’t wait to keep building experiences with her for the rest of our lives.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Stacey. I can’t wait until we finally say I do!

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