Pet Portrait Entries Ages 9 to 11

Here are some of the entries for our pet portrait contest! Voting will begin soon; we’ll keep you posted on when you can choose your favorite!

It’s not too late for your child to enter and win tickets for four to Alamance Children’s Museum and ice cream! Read the details here.

Click on the pictures below for a closer look!

Pet Portrait Entries Ages 5 and Under

Here are some of the entries for our pet portrait contest! Voting will begin soon; we’ll keep you posted on when you can choose your favorite!

It’s not too late for your child to enter and win tickets for four to Alamance Children’s Museum and ice cream! Read the details here.

Click on the pictures below for a closer look!

Pet Portraits Entries Ages 6 to 8

Here are some of the entries for our pet portrait contest! Voting will begin soon; we’ll keep you posted on when you can choose your favorite!

It’s not too late for your child to enter and win tickets for four to Alamance Children’s Museum and ice cream! Read the details here.

Kenzie – the Lost and Found Story of a Rescue Dog

Kenzie's storyMy Kenzie was a rescue pup and I got her 8/24/2010. We think she’s part dachshund and part Italian greyhound. We think she’s about 3 years old now. She weighs about 25 lbs. On a December Saturday, we were visiting, for the first time, new friends who live an hour away and we all went for a walk in the woods. It started to snow and the dogs wanted to run.

Thinking Kenzie would stay with the other dog, I let her off her leash. She ran away and came back twice with the biggest grin on her face. The third time they ran away they did not come back.

We went back to the house and the other dog had returned but Kenzie had not. We walked and drove and yelled but did not see any sign of her, and the temperature dropped to 19 degrees that night. I was heartbroken and panicky.

The next day I went home and started researching how to find a missing pet. I hired a tracker (he and his dog did their thing on Monday but did not find her), I contracted with a company to make robo-calls to local households, we made signs and hung them and I even consulted a pet psychic.

No immediate results. On Thursday, 5 days later, I got a call from a man telling me he had seen the signs and he had seen her that morning. I left work and made the hour drive, heart in my throat.

Once I got there I spent a very chaotic hour and a half looking, calling, answering several more calls from people who had seen her, running back and forth across this busy 2-lane highway, lugging a bag with leash, food and water. Finally, I got a call from a man saying he was looking at her right then…back across that highway.

A woman who had stopped her car to help me drove me to the spot and within 5 minutes Kenzie was in my arms, licking my face. She was in remarkably good shape, Dr. Bolynn told me later that afternoon when she examined Kenzie. My boss and a good friend brought toys, treats and a bottle of wine to my house that night!

If it weren’t for the kindness of strangers, who all also know the love of a good dog, I don’t think Kenzie and I would have celebrated our first year together like we did a few weeks ago. And, shhhh, she’s one of Dr. Bolynn’s favorites…or maybe she says that to all the dog moms!

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Reunited: A Dog’s Tale with a Happy Ending

microchipping petBella’s family loved to spend winter months in Florida and summer months in North Carolina. One sunny day in Florida, Bella and her papa were walking along when a particularly feisty Floridian squirrel stole Bella’s attention.

Although Bella was usually a level-headed Golden Retriever, she temporarily lost her head and bolted while a stunned papa frantically shouted her name. The squirrel turned left, then right and three streets later, Bella was out of earshot and away from anything that smelled familiar.

After their best efforts to find Bella proved unfruitful, her parents returned home emptyhanded and heartsick. Unfortunately, Bella was hit by a car within a few hours. Fortunately, a “good Samaritan” found her and rushed her to the local emergency vet hospital.

As doctors cared for her, they discovered the identification microchip that her parents arranged at Town N Country Animal Hospital when she was a puppy. Although she had never been officially registered in Florida, staff members traced the number to Town N Country and Bella’s parents within 24 hours.

Bella had a successful surgery and was very, very happy to see her parents again.

Is Your Pet Microchipped? In an imperfect world of distracting squirrels, unsavory characters and pets appropriately named “Houdini,” microchipping remains the safest, most dependable method of identifying a pet that’s lost its way from his owner.

How is it Done? A topical local anesthethic is applied between the pet’s shoulder blades. The needle is about the size of what’s used on humans when they donate blood, and a spoonful of peanut butter or other preferred treat serves well as a distraction.

When is it Done? Many breeders have puppies microchipped with their first set of shots while some pet owners elect to do this when their pet is spayed or neutered.

What’s the Result? This is how you write your own happy ending should your pet get separated from you. Microchipping protects your pet and gives you peace of mind.

To schedule an appointment to microchip your pet, call us today.

Image courtesy of Daquella Manera and Flickr.

Introducing: Our Favorite Pets

Dog PictureThis month we have a terrific new space on the blog to share with you. It’s called “Our Favorite Pets” – and we need you to help us fill it up.

Here’s what you do. Write us a short (or long – we don’t care) story about your pet and email it to us. Attach a picture, and we’ll post it on the site and on our Facebook page. It’s a great way to show off your pet – and to share with your friends, too. We’ll post as many pets as you send us. Just email them to us at admin AT .

You might also notice that “Ask The Vet” is now displayed on every page of our website. If you have questions for the vet, email them to us. We’ll post that answer, too!

*By sending us your pet’s picture and story, you give us permission to post it on our website and Facebook page. We do reserve the right to edit posts for appropriateness, spelling, grammar and clarity. For the sake of privacy, we will not post your last name. Note, however, that if you comment on Facebook, your Facebook privacy settings may allow the display of your complete name on the Facebook page.

Our Dog Cana

canaWe got our dog Cana from a rescue kennel, referred by Dr. Bolynn – before she was Dr. Bolynn – as she was still in vet school. When we first saw the puppy’s picture, to be honest she was a bit – let’s say unattractive – but we trusted the recommendation that she would be a good fit for us. Not too big, so we could afford to feed her. Not too small, so our four boys wouldn’t trample her to death. Gentle and sweet, loving and somewhat tolerant…

So we brought her home. And she was the sweetest dog – loving and gentle – and just tolerant enough. But she never made a sound. She never barked once. She didn’t play with toys, either. She just laid her head on a chair or a knee and waited to be talked to or petted.

Our boys fell in love with her. Everybody did.
We named her Cana, a nod to the Lebanese town we had visited not long before, and a nod to Jesus’ first miracle. After all, the boys said. It was a miracle that we got her.

She was about a year old when she came to us, and only chewed a tiny bit, although when she did, she made sure it was something really expensive. Once it was Nicolas’ glasses, once it was a higher end remote control. She had only a couple of potty training accidents.

And did I mention she didn’t bark at all?

The interesting thing to me is that within six months, she had lost the aforementioned “unattractiveness”. I thought maybe it was because we brushed off a very bushy winter coat. Or maybe she had just come to us with doggy-adolescent gawkiness. But our son Asher set me straight. “She’s prettier because we love her.”

She didn’t bark for about a year. But one day, she saw something that made her go ‘woof!’ Nicolas saw her, and said it scared her to death! Now she’s a great watchdog – unless you actually come into the house. If we’re home, she’ll roll over for you to scratch her belly. If we’re not home, she runs upstairs and hides. We don’t much mind, though. That’s why doors have locks – right?

Seriously, Cana is just a great dog. I could go on and on about her receptive vocabulary, her understanding (and avoidance) of visitors who are afraid of dogs, her hysterical teasing of visitors who aren’t afraid of dogs but really don’t like them, her continued disdain for toys, her audible grumble when we make her do something she doesn’t want to. But the thing she does that sparks the most conversation happens at dinnertime.

Nicolas does not allow Cana into the kitchen while we eat. Any other time is fine, but if we’re at the table, she can’t come in. She obeys – sort of. She sits at the threshold, crosses her paws like a lady, and puts just the paws into the kitchen. Obeying on her terms.

When you have young kids, you often get them a dog to teach them responsibility. But our Cana has taught all of us so much more. She’s taught us that happiness comes from simple companionship – you don’t need stuff to have fun. She’s shown that approaching strangers with caution is okay – as long as you’re friendly once you meet. She’s made us take a look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we’re really obeying – or just gaming the system. She’s shown us that miracles still happen.

But most of all, she’s shown us how love creates beauty.

Cana, here’s to you girl. And here’s to Dr. Bolynn for bringing you into our lives, and taking great care of you so you’ll be with us for a long time.

Miracle Lives up to Her Name

miracleMiracle is a ginger-colored cat that purrs easily. When she was diagnosed with GI lymphoma, she was given a very poor prognosis of 3-6 months.

Her owners made the decision to treat her with radiation and chemotherapy, and Miracle responded very well. It’s been 3 years since she was initially diagnosed, and she’s living proof that a name matters! Her owners continue to bring her in to Town N Country for her routine abdominal ultrasounds.

Whenever Miracle comes in, she’s doted on and congratulated for living up to her marvelous, miraculous name.

She’s just one example of the cancer patients treated at Town N Country Animal Hospital. For each case, the vets and staff spend a lot of time with the family and discuss treatment options, prognosis and quality of life issues. Both Dr. King and Dr. Bolynn have supported clients by a range of treatment plans, from the most conservative to holistic to even aggressive therapy.

For most owners, the best plan is probably a customized combination of several types of therapy. Years of care for cancer patients have supplied us with a combination of happy and sad stories. Employees have held a lot of hands (and paws) and worked hard to assure as much comfort as possible.

When you make decisions regarding chemo, surgery or palliative care, you need support – which may be as complex as reviewing the most recent research on your pet’s health issue or as simple as providing a quiet place to cry.

Our Town N Country staff can also put you in touch with the local hospice for its recovery support center or a grief support group. It’s our sincere wish that you never need these particular services; however, you have a good resource should you need it.

If you have any questions regarding your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact the vets at Town N Country. And don’t forget to set up your pet’s routine yearly exam and shots! Scheduled routine check-ups are a great way to monitor your pet’s health.