The Lasso and the Wire

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Andy, how long has this guy been sick,” I asked. Andy was an old Italian with a small acreage on which he ran a few steers to fatten every year.  He was bald as a billiard ball, short and, shall we say, a well-rounded individual. We were standing in the middleContinue reading “The Lasso and the Wire”

Blackjack and Newt

D. E. Larsen, DVM “Joleen, are you still feeding that feral tomcat out the back door?” I asked. “I don’t think he is really feral. I am going to catch him one of these days.” “Catch him. If you get ahold of him, it will be a question mark as to who has caught who,”Continue reading “Blackjack and Newt”

A Saturday Afternoon Outbreak

D. E. Larsen, DVM It was almost a perfect Saturday afternoon. Late August in the Willamette Valley provides a short stretch of weather that acts as an interlude between the summer heat and the fall’s rains. We were still getting settled into our newly purchased house. We had the kids outside, working in the garden,Continue reading “A Saturday Afternoon Outbreak”

The Dart’s Glance

D. E. Larsen, DVM Fred Briggs waited patiently while I was finishing up on my office calls. He always came at the end of the day, maybe because we were close to his home in Albany, but I liked to think because he knew he would have more time to talk with me. Fred wasContinue reading “The Dart’s Glance”

Blood Please, Fill Her Up

D. E. Larsen, DVM She came through the door in a rush, a young girl, probably in her early twenties, with a very limp, pale orange tabby cat in her arms.  She stopped at the counter. “I need to see the vet. This is an emergency,” she said, visibly trying to maintain her self control.Continue reading “Blood Please, Fill Her Up”