Leonard Animal Clinic - November 2018



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Something to Be Thankful For

Stella Celebrates Thanksgiving

Hello there!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — not because of the food, but because it’s all about being thankful. And boy, do I have a lot to be thankful for today! You see, before I came to live with Brea and Mike, I spent all my time chained up outside. I wasn’t allowed inside my old house, and I didn’t get fed regularly. At 2 years old, I only weighed around 30 pounds. I tried to run away several times, which I know is pretty dangerous, but I didn’t know what else to do! Mike found me and brought me back the first time, but after I ran away again and he saw how sad I was, Mike let me come home with him. Brea and Mike already had five other dogs and a cat living with them, but everyone welcomed me with open arms and wagging tails. Brea knew what I needed to be healthy again, and now I feel like a brand-new dog. Apparently, I’m not the first sad animal Mike has brought home. He often said he had to marry a vet. Who else would take care of all the animals he brings home? It’s so nice to live in a place where everyone has so many things they are thankful for. Brea says she’s thankful for all the people who surround her and that her family, friends, and pets are all happy and healthy. My big sister Kalika says she’s thankful for long swims. My brother Jaxon is thankful for balls and Frisbees. And as for me, I am thankful for regular meals, soft sofas to sleep on, and that I found the right human to take me home! This Thanksgiving, I hope you all get to spend time enjoying great food and good times with your loved ones. Have a happy Thanksgiving! –Stella

I’m Stella, a boxer who lives with Dr. Brea Smith and her husband, Mike. I joined the family about six months ago, and as the newest addition, I am really excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with everyone for the first time. I hear this is a holiday full of food, which is awesome because Brea loves to cook. With her busy schedule, she usually doesn’t get to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so she’s really looking forward to cooking up a storm. Rumor has it she’ll even be making broccoli rice casserole and green bean casserole — family recipes passed down from her grandmother.

“It’s so nice to live in a place where everyone has so many things they are thankful for.”

All this food sounds wonderful, but I know dogs aren’t supposed to have table scraps, especially around the holidays. When everyone sneaks the dog just a little bit of human food, it adds up quickly, and dogs can get really sick. A lot of dogs come into the clinic after the holiday weekend with pancreatitis because they ate too many treats from the Thanksgiving table. Even though I won’t be enjoying the feast myself, I know my bowl will be full of healthy dog food, which I am really grateful for.


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