Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
Copyright © 2009-2013
2013 marks Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital's 17th anniversary. We still have a patient or two that first came to us in 1996, but of course their numbers have dwindled over the years. Zoe, our blind clinic cat was found injured on the side of the road in Giles County in the autumn of 1995, presumably struck by a car. We were building the hospital then and I was working with Dr. Angela Aymett at her hospital in Pulaski. We guessed Zoe to be about 12 weeks old when the Good Samaritan brought her to us; both her eyes were damaged, one beyond salvaging and the other intact, but blind. Her jaw had also been fractured, but she was spunky and healed fast after surgery to repair her injuries. It was an easy decision to make her the first ACAH clinic cat when we moved into the new hospital in February of '96.
She was joined by Genevieve several years later: a lovely tabby mother cat managing to raise a healthy litter of kittens, despite a ruined and awkward rear leg that interfered significantly with her mobility. We found homes for all of her kittens, (including sending one to my mother in Colorado, where he lives in great comfort to this day) and amputated the useless
Wendy J. Rosenbek, D.V.M.
We'd love to hear your stories about some of our oldest patients. If you have one you'd like to share with us, you can write it up and drop it by the clinic, or to transfer electronically call the office for our email address. Be sure to tell us if you mind having your story shared on our website.
leg. For years she hid from the public at the hospital, though she couldn't resist the lap of any child who sat on the floor. Years later, about 2008, she began to invite more affection from all of us on the staff, and eventually from our clients too, prompting many comments about the "new" 3-legged clinic cat. It was with great sadness that we bid her good-bye at Christmastime in 2011 after a long illness.
Most of our clients have by now met Buckshot, the current 3-legged clinic cat. He came to us while Genevieve was still alive but with failing health and it seemed appropriate to let him gradually take her place. Buckshot arrived in a cardboard box, gently carried by another kindhearted Good Samaritan. She had found him alongside the road, and judging from the horrific injuries to one hind leg and his tail, we guessed he'd just narrowly missed being killed by a bush-hog or
other mower. When we x-rayed him to further assess his injuries we discovered he was full of small metal pellets from being shot, too. He healed beautifully after his leg and tail amputations and has become the friendliest clinic cat we've had.
I hope the year is turning out well for all of you; we certainly are happy to be in the service of our clients another year here. Please call us if we can be of any help to you and stop in and pet Buckshot anytime. He loves the attention.