Summer Days Are Here Again!

Hello Friends!

Happy Summer to you all – I’ve been pretty busy playing in the sun with my BIG sister Destiny .. my owner has tasked me with making sure that Destiny gets her walk in every morning – It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.  Check out our new Yakima Valley Wine Doggies Instagram account. Louie the terrier has joined the Wine Doggie family, and he will be posting photos of wine doggies / pet friendly attractions here in the Valley.. you might even see some pictures of the two of us together! – We’re friends!Keep an eye on out on our blog site – Bung the Wonder Dog has some exciting news and updates. I’ve also got some really fun pet friendly events that are coming up – you won’t want to miss!

Today, we have a guest Blogger – Kelly Wright.   She explores and celebrates the magical and mysterious bond between pets and people for’s Animal Heroes section. If you have an amazing story about how an animal has brought joy and wonder to your life, please email her at


RoverPictureVets Share Their Stories with About Working with Animals — as Kids!

At, we admire the vets who keep our pets healthy. During interviews for our new feature, Veterinarians Share the Amazing Stories that Inspired Their Careers, we learned that many discovered their love of caring for animals as children.

Here are a few unique stories about vets who got an early start in training.

They had all kinds of pets — often, quite a few!

Dr. Tyler Carmack of Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice in Virginia Beach said her variety of pets helped her appreciate all animals:  “I had a cat, a bird, multiple rats and hamsters, fish, and even three ducks at one point,” she said. “I loved taking care of different animals and getting to learn about each species and their different characteristics and personalities.”  Dr. Jessica Waldman devoted herself to nursing animals in need.

“I had many sleepless nights feeding baby birds and baby mice I found,” she revealed. Now a veterinarian at California Animal Rehabilitation in Los Angeles, Dr. Waldman said she also volunteered at a local animal clinic.  For Dr. Rebecca McComas of MN Pets in Minnesota, caring for animals was an everyday part of growing up and valuable experience for her career.“My family had tons of pets while I was growing up — dogs, hamsters, rats, fish and hermit crabs — and they were my first experience with having the responsibility to care for another living thing,” she said.  “I remember taking care of my pets as a child and coming to the realization that their health and well-being was my responsibility,” she explained. “They did well and thrived, or they struggled and suffered illness based on my care and husbandry.”

Many vets worked on farms

Some veterinarians learned in a rural setting.  “I spent countless hours on a dairy farm from the age of 4 on feeding calves, milking cows, and quietly watching the veterinarian who came to examine sick cows or perform surgery,” shared Dr. Elizabeth Carney of Peaceful Pet Passage in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Monica Dijanic — a vet at Beaver Brook Animal Hospital in Connecticut — also spent time on the farm, but it wasn’t until she switched to a clinic that she realized her life’s passion.“I loved science and animals, so when I was in high school I decided to volunteer at an animal hospital to see if it would be something I was interested in,” she said.

Some raised not-so-typical pets

“When I visited my grandpa in Milwaukee as a little girl, I chased butterflies into his neighbor’s yard,” recalled Dr. Laura Ziegler of DoveLewis in Portland. “His neighbor was a naturalist, and she got me started raising butterflies, which I did for years. Not all of the butterflies made it, but when they did, it was really fun to watch!”

Dr. Ziegler said the experience also sparked her interest in educating others:  “Teaching the neighborhood kids how to raise butterflies inspired a love of science, and I’d always had a love for animals. That’s what drove me to the veterinary field.”

Whether or not vet school is in your future, if you’re looking for a fun way to work with animals, try dog walking with!

Kelly Wright


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