This Month's Currents Pet
We are so proud of our patients at Currents Veterinary Centre that we just can’t help showing off a little. Here are some of our valued clients.Who knows – maybe your furry family member might make a great candidate too! Feel free to submit a picture!
Beardie (aka Boudaine) is approximately 4.5 - 5 years old.
She loves climbing and will happily follow the kids and the cats in the house. The cats are not quite as happy about this game of tag though, as they are still quite unsure of what a bearded dragon is!
She spends time outside in the summer with her dog friend, but he does not prevent her from climbing trees and fences and causing trouble!
As a picky eater, she gets hand fed daily to try to increase her intake of veggies, but some days she is as difficult as a 2 year old child! She does love her superworms though! When not out with her animal and human friends, she spends hours basking on her rock under the heat and UV light.
Charlie and Luna
Charlie comes to us from a kennel near Calgary. Luna comes from north of Toronto. Luna is a week older than Charlie and about 5 pounds heavier yet his coat is so full, he looks much bigger. We have worked very hard to make sure they do not develop litter mate syndrome and we have trained them separately and walked them separately. They both have their 2nd birthday in early November.
Charlie watches our house from the den whenever we are not home. He knows all the neighbours and doesn't bark at them, but if any new people come by he barks quite enthusiastically. We have two Adirondack chairs on the deck and he has taken possession of one and he won't let anyone sit there. He has a special bond with our daughter. Charlie does not kiss anyone (not even us) except Dr. Chappell and our daughter. Charlie greets me everyday by bringing my slippers to me. I never asked him to do it, he just started on his own and he prances proudly when we praise him for bringing the slippers. I was just happy he didn't eat them but the praise has encouraged him to do it daily.
Luna loves being being outside. When we come home from work, she runs to the backyard to be let out. She enjoys eating and tries to negotiate being fed earlier and earlier everyday. Her breakfast is at 7:30 and her campaign starts around 6 with her coming to each of us and pawing, greeting, kissing, whatever it takes to get fed. She loves water and can easily immerse her whole head to get what she wants from the bottom of a lake. She is a good swimmer and we don't see her dry very much in the summer at the lake. She is a very smart and happy girl and communicates very well with us. She has a big grin and she wags her tail so enthusiastically that she hit her tail on the kitchen cabinet and split her tail open. Dr. Chappell had to put a couple of stitches into it and bandage it while it healed.
They both have very unique and different personalities. Charlie likes chasing rabbits and Luna likes running after birds. They provide us with a lot of laughs and pleasure.
We love the staff at Currents and find them so friendly, helpful and professional. Everyone there is a pleasure to work with and we are so glad we found them.
George did have a brother living with him for the first 4 months, however, something happened between them and they decided they would not live together anymore. From then on, George prefers the company of any species other than his own. He loves being pet on the head and scratched behind the ears by humans, playing peekaboo and being licked by my sister's dog, and is perfectly content to have my cats laying next to him (as long as there is a barrier of some sort!).
His favorite food of all time has to be lettuce, with carrots as a close second. He isn’t a fan of peppers and would rather sit and sulk than eat a piece of kale.
His favorite time of day is definitely in the evening when my two cats get a case of the ‘zoomies’ and dart around the house because he gets to cheer them on and occasionally tries to join them. Sadly, he has accepted the fact that his little legs are just too short and his belly is just too round.
He is quite the character and stands out from the rest! He will definitely steal your heart in a second if given the chance.
Tia and Tucker
Root’n Tia Maria Bell and Clayburn Tucker HS are English Bull Terriers. The Bull Terrier is a clown, a protector and a playmate/companion. Their bloodlines originate with the Dalmatian, the Bulldog and the White terrier (now extinct). They come in white, brindles and black & white, and also in a miniature size!! Weights average 70 lbs for male, 60 for female. Minis approx 1/2 that.
Tia is 7 and is our regal little princess although the terrier does comes out of her with that infamous “bully run”! Watch your legs!!!! Lol And then you add our Tucker (Shrek) who is 6 into the mix and its constant laughter around our house. WE LOVE OUR BULL TERRIERS!
However, they play hard and can be easily misunderstood for two main reasons.
1. They have a strong prey instinct. When around children, both should be trained... squealing, running, crying, petrified 3 year old grandchildren AND the dogs!
2. They are strong and stubborn. If in a fight, it is often the bully breeds that are blamed first. We have extra liability insurance. (By the way, we had THE PERSONAL Home Insurance and they do not cover any liability due to dogs!!! We found out when Tia was 6!! SHOCK!! Check yours!!) We do not chance going to off leash parks or have them socialize with many other dogs.
And, even though there can be skin, joint and mouth issues with this breed, we think we are the luckiest dog owners in the world. Thanks to the staff at Currents hopefully we will be for years to come!!
Nothing better than curling up on the couch with Tia n’ Tuc.
Mushu is a loveable, 10 year old, male Bearded Dragon. He spends his days entertaining children at a local preschool. We have found that he enjoys listening to children sing.
Zoey is very curious and energetic and she makes everyone she meets smile.
Zoey enjoys exploring and making daily new discoveries!
Cuddle time is her favourite time of the day.
She loves her car rides and she especially loves to visit with everyone at Currents Veterinary Centre!
This little nugget is the newest addition to the Currents staff family, clocking in at 3 months old.
Don't let her stunning features fool you, she is a pupperino with spunk and personality.
At home, she is best described as 'mania'.
Outside of her puppy and breed wildness, she is incredibly intelligent, quick-to-learn, has the smile (yes, she has a dog smile) of an angel, thinks her humans are the absolute bomb, and will do the moonwalk for a hot dog.
My name is Olivia. I am almost 6 months old and I am a Havanese mix. I love snuggles with my mommy especially when she lets me snuggle in her bed, I love playing with all my toys especially my monkey she’s my favourite toy. I am a big Oilers fan me and mommy watch all the games but sometimes she yells at the t.v lol I don’t like going on car rides, taking baths, going to the groomers or when my mommy leaves to go to work.
Lately I have been sick and my mommy gets so worried but she knows that I am in good hands with all the lovely folks at Currents Veterinary Centre. They take such good care of me and they give me lots of snuggles, I used to be scared when mommy said we have to go see the veterinarian but now I get excited because I get to see all my friends.
Indigo and Ozzy
Indigo is 4 years old, she is very playful, affectionate and LOVES attention. Her favourite toy is her fuzzy pink flamingo. She loves sun bathing, car rides, shrimp treats, and chirping at her parents for attention. Indigo has a mink coat with a nude spot on her back. Her skin feels like velvet and she has light blue eyes.
Allegra and Carino
Carino and Allegra were adopted from NASAP when they were 8 weeks old. We were volunteering at the time and made the trip out to Beaumont for a meet and greet and haven't looked back since that day in early October 2014. Dr. Chappell has been their only Vet and has seen them since they were first adopted. They are a tightly bonded brother and sister who enjoy camping, snuggling with their person, and going for walks on a leash!
Carino has the gentler soul of the two. He loves his toys, especially his YEOWW! heart shaped toy; once he is finished playing with his toys, he returns them back in the toy chest.
Allegra is a mischievous trouble maker who loves to chase furry toys (but will not return them to the toy chest) and sleep on her heated blanket. She is very confident and realizes she has her Grandma wrapped around her little paw. Each day we marvel at how our little gumdrops have grown up into beautiful adult cats. They both brighten even the worst of days and we are excited to have adopted a bonded pair.
We are so happy to have these two sweethearts as a part of the Currents family
We got Marlowe at 8-weeks-old and pretty much right away knew that she’d be more challenging than other dogs we have had! I had no idea what I was getting into with a terrier! Born happy go-lucky and confident, from day one Marlowe loved bounding through the bushes, brave as can be, running over and under logs and whatever else she could find. Our puppy class was fantastic and we followed it up with puppy agility. Where most other puppies balked at the obstacles, confident Marlowe attacked them with no problem, going through the tunnel, over the tunnel, standing on top of the tunnel- anything to get the treat! Marlowe is now almost 3- -years-old and we have continued with our agility classes and hope to start competing in the next year or so.
Our other dog, Duchess, was about 7-years-old when we got Marlowe. She is a rescue and very fearful and shy. In getting a puppy, I was so worried she would learn Duchess’ fearfulness, but we were lucky just the opposite happened. It took them a few months to start to bond but Marlowe slowly and surely brought Duchess out of her shell. She taught her how to play and now they still enjoy a good wrestle every morning. Duchess has come miles since getting Marlowe, she really feeds off of her confidence. They are such good friends and it warms my heart to see them snuggle and play together.
Marlowe’s antics compelled me to learn about dog behaviour and body language as I tried to get us both on the same page. She honestly had me so frustrated some days and I empathize with people struggling with high energy puppies. I was very fortunate that our agility instructor integrated a lot of behaviour into our classes and also offered other classes that were great for both of us (we did one on impulse control and a rally-o class). It was a long road but with lots of patience, learning and practice, Marlowe and I now have an amazing relationship (she even earned the title of Flower Girl in our wedding last year!) I learned how to harness her busy brain and I love her drive and focus. She’s a quick thinker and is always ready for the next activity. At the end of the day she absolutely loves a good cuddle, and luckily she also enjoys morning snuggles and sleeping in on weekends! Marlowe taught me the importance of understanding dog behaviour and I’m now apprenticing under our instructor- a new path that I’ll forever thank Marlowe for. Marlowe now sometimes comes along to classes as a demo dog and she has been helping reactive dogs and dogs who need to learn how to play well with others.
For as confident as she is, she is nicknamed “lil baby” as she is actually quite a big suck. She is pretty attached to me and is never far from my feet. She likes to know what is going on and will fight sleep so she doesn’t miss out on anything. She loves food and makes sure you know when it’s meal time. She hates being cold- I have to go outside with her when it’s raining or she’ll try to hold it all day. She loves running through the snow but she gets too cold so as much as she hates getting dressed up, she has quite the winter wardrobe! She’s really vocal and has quite the variety of sounds she’ll make depending on her mood!
The Darling Dachshunds
Penguin and Joker the dynamic duo
Penguin and Joker were adopted by a loving family from a rescue that they had been at for quite a few years.
They are very bonded brothers and are so friendly and sweet. Joker is a little bit shy until he gets used to his surroundings and Penguin is a purr machine who loves cuddling and pats.
They have a condition called Cerebral Hypoplasia which affects how they walk and sometimes how they move their heads. It is not painful or debilitating and they will live a normal lifespan like other cats. They can get around almost as quickly as normal cats but are a little wobbly doing so. They do require housing with appropriate levels of jumping and have to use their claws for balance and climbing.
They both like to play with toys and with other cats. They absolutely love canned food and treats.
Penguin and Joker have made amazing additions to our fur family and we are excited to have them in our lives.
Molly the lap dog
Meet Sephy, Nixie, and Ms Mona Cow-Cat!
It is always a pleasure to see any - or all of these three in at the clinic. We are so happy to have them as part of the Currents family!
Nixie is a beautiful black Labrador that will be 7 years old May 25. Her name means ‘water sprite’. One unique thing about Nixie is that she is a half-sister to my Lab, BADDOG Tezi who passed away at the age of 15. Their dad had been gone many, many years but they did a frozen implant and conceived 10 puppies! Nixie is not a morning dog! She loves to crawl under the covers in the morning and sleep in and likes to eat a leisurely breakfast around 10 am haha. Her super-power is her ability to find a ball in a field, no matter the size of the space, if she didn’t know it was there, or if it’s completely buried in snow – she seeks and finds them! Her favourite things are her daily walkies, her orange ball, and her bedtime cookie. She vigorously inspects any bag brought into the house for a new toy – so helpful (only not really haha)! Nixie likes to train in obedience, she likes agility and retriever sports, and to sun herself on the deck. She loves to run on the treadmill and barks at it because she thinks that makes it go faster! When she wants something at home, she rolls on her back, snaps her teeth together and rawr-rawrs upside down until she has your attention. She has a super soft, gentle mouth and can hold a cracker without breaking it, or a hot dog without eating it. Nixie was given excellent emergency care at Currents Vet after she was bitten in the chest by an evil beaver in an unprovoked attack! She’s all healed up now and still loves to swim. Incredibly smart, patient and kind hearted – she’s my sweet, happy, dorky dog – I love this girl.
Sephy is a lovely, young black Labrador and she will be 1 whole year old on Apr 27, but she’s much more mature than her age would suggest. An old soul, I would say. She had been planned for a long time and came into our lives exactly when we needed her sweet, gentle, happy self after having just lost our beloved Lab, Hexe to Cancer. Sephy is short for Persephone, Greek Goddess of New Beginnings and a new beginning is what we all needed at the time. Sephy had a bit of a difficult start to life but with the help of Dr. Jackson and everyone at Currents Vet, she’s grown strong and healthy – like a survivor, she is one tough pup with the best outlook on life! Sephy’s super-power is the ability to make others’ happy. She intuitively knows what she needs to be for others and delivers her unique optimism. She makes friends everywhere she goes and can entice almost anyone into playing with her, whether human, canine, feline, and even the mailman! She is a HUGE snuggle-bug lap dog, even at 60lbs! She’s smart, cuddly, loves dogs, cats, people, retrieving, obedience training, playing, car rides, swimming – everything! Sephy regularly gets to play with her sister littermate Sophie (yes, Sephy and Sophie haha) – they enjoy their time together so much. Sephy is a lovely girl to train; one of the smartest pups I’ve ever started. But most importantly, she’s my baby and a fantastic companion. She is always with me, at my feet, snuggling on the couch, coming to work, training with me, or just quietly laying at my side – the very best friend one could have – and a friend we all needed so much - I love this puppy!
Mona is a domestic short-hair, almost 4 years old (her birthday is 7-7-14), and is a rescue from Infinite Woofs. She was born in a feral litter of super-cute, tiny kittens. Mona is so fun! She loves to play and is friendly and curious but not so much a lap cat – she’d rather be doing something interesting. Her fav kitty thing is to chatter at and chase reflections on the walls – especially of the mantle clock that throws a reflection back and forth across the room when the sun shines on it. On the rare occasion she snuggles, you have to listen carefully for her very quiet purr. Mona is always so ‘helpful’ when we’re working from home: She sits on the paper, sleeps on the laptop, or perches on the desk like an ornament. She loves to hang around with the family and the dogs and is always watching the goings on. Mona liked coming to meet everyone at Currents Vet and was a super cool cat for her appointment. Mona loves to play with toys and she loves to learn new things; she has been trained like a dog – she’ll walk nicely on a leash, will Come when called, she’ll Sit, Laydown, Rollover, and High Five! I guess that happens when you’re a cat raised with the dogs! She loves to go camping and the first thing she likes to do is go out on her harness and roll in the dirt! Always a great activity for a white cat (or not so much haha)!
Nixie and Sephy are the very best buddies – they get along well with Mona, too! We couldn’t ask for a better dynamic, they’re all so special; they bring joy and happiness into our lives and they are each loved differently, but oh, so deeply.
Eddie and Merci
This adorable pair touches the hearts of all who meet them, and we are so happy to have them as part of our Currents family!
The Amazing Ainka
Poppy and Snowflake
Poppy and Snowflake are one and a half year old Siberian forest cats.
These littermates are very playful and outgoing and we love having them around.
They love to snuggle and their favourite treat is wet food.
Although they are very sweet, they cause mischief every once in a while. Snowflake loves to bat at her water and make puddles, while Poppy will find any opportunity to sneak onto forbidden countertops and pounce in to rooms in which he is not allowed.
Their favourite toys would have to be cardboard boxes. They find joy in playing hide and seek in them. These kitties also like to wrestle with each other.
We do not regret getting them for a second.
Remarkable Ellen Ripley
Ripley is a 4 year old iguana who was acquired by a reptile rescue from an unfortunate situation, then adopted by her forever family. She lives in an 8 foot long x 8 foot tall x 4 foot wide enclosure with lots of climbing and room for her to roam and live happily.
Ripley had a previous eye injury and is unable to see with that eye, but has adapted very well to having only half of her vision.
She eats veggies such as collard greens, bell peppers, parsley, dandelions, parsnips and endive, among many others! As an occasional snack, she enjoys mangos, strawberries, bananas, apples and papaya.
Ripley loves to climb onto her owners shoulders and occasionally likes to roam around the house.
She loves her morning and evening "scratches" and enjoys a nice water misting. She is very attached to her mom and dad, and they love her to pieces.
We are so happy to see Ripley has found such a wonderful forever home for her happily ever after.
Abby is a 12 year old poodle mix who was adopted by her family at the age of 2 when her previous owner could no longer take care of her. Since that time she has been loved, pampered, and even a little bit spoiled.
When she was adopted, her family was more than happy to hear that she came with two of her own little puppies who she still visits today! Abby feels very sad when her family leaves her for a weekend, but loves going over to her daughter Xena’s house for a bit of bonding time! Xena will come to visit Abby as well, which allows for a weekend packed with play fighting and cuddling!
During Abby’s spare time, she enjoys basking in the sun and playing with her many toys. If she’s not on someone’s lap, you can find Abby outside exploring the many wonders of her backyard including squirrels, bunnies, and birds. In the summertime, Abby loves heading out to the lake with her family! Between the relaxing car ride, vast wilderness, and beautiful lake she is never bored. Unlike most dogs, swimming is not one of Abby’s favorite pastimes. She does however, love floating on the lake! Out on the boat, Abby will lay in all of her favorite spots, and if she ever is feeling rebellious she’ll float across the water on her family’s surf board or tubes! When winter comes around, Abby adores the family Christmas tree and snow! As a younger dog, Abby would bound through the white, fluffy snow until she wore herself out! However, now that she has become older, she prefers admiring the snow from afar.
Abby always provides love to everyone around her and she will continue to do so for the rest of her long, happy life!
Bruno the wonder dog
Bruno is an adorable baby who is so full of personality and charm, he has absolutely won over all of our hearts.
He is a very observant, adventurous little guy who loves to meet everyone. He even gave a bunny a kiss on the nose! He loves going for convertible car rides, trail walks and playing with his stuffies. He hops his back foot when hes really happy and is a ball of love.
He also has his own instagram since people kept asking for it/taking pictures of him: sabsandbruno where I post all his cute adventures.
Bruno has had many adventures (and misadventures) to start off his life, we are so glad he is on the mend, and has a long and happy, healthy life ahead of him!
Barnum and Bailey - the dynamic duo!
Meet Tomas Araya, our May pet of the month
Tomas Araya is a 5 year old female Boa Constrictor that was adopted by her family from a difficult situation elsewhere.
The superstar team: D'Oso, Enzo and Skylar
We are so glad to have these dogs as part of our Currents Veterinary family!
March's Miss Marlow
March's pet of the month is a very sweet, gentle pitbull named Marlow. This gorgeous girl is full of personality, and it is truly a pleasure to have her and her humans as part of the Currents Veterinary Family.
Boo and Mako, the loveable leopard geckos
Matthew is a 19 year old neutered male long haired cat. He is full of personality, and we are so happy to have him as part of the Currents family!
"We were selected by Matthew when we went to the SPCA to get a cat 19 years ago.
He is a very easy traveller having many trips over the past 10 years as a snowbird heading to warmer climates. Frequently flying in cabin (he loves West Jet) quieter than a mouse and calm. He travels by vehicle just as well. The first road trip he would duck when we went under an overpass, but he soon figured out that was not necessary! Overnight hotel stays, he settled in after a lap around the room while we identified where to place the litter box and food. He once slipped into a toilet trying to navigate his way up to the sink for water. He has always been a cat that water can not be served on the floor, it must be up on a table or counter.
He has always been aware of body image keeping a slim figure while we free fed him, not a picky eater by what I hear some cats can be.
Matthew is always willing to start or end a conversation and even continue one on his own. He is great at greeting us at the door when he hears the key unlock. These days he has definitely claimed the two-seater sofa in the den as a one-seater just right for him and him alone!
He can be moody about his brushing, sometimes thoroughly enjoying and even helping, other times he simply is not in the mood but will allow me to continue.
Matthew fills our home and lets us know what's up with him with all the soft or loud squeaks and squawks that he musters up. We love him and he is easy to love, an absolute sweetheart."
Wynne and Storm
Our December pet(s) of the month are Wynne and Storm, a very bonded, very sweet pair who showcase how much personality rabbits have. We love to see them come into the clinic, and it is so nice to see they have such a wonderful home.
Storm was the first to get adopted into my home, and Wynne was the second shortly after and was adopted from the Edmonton Humane Society two years ago. Both of them bonded instantly and have been inseparable since!
Wynne is my black bun, and is the more energetic of the two. She is quick to warm up to people and is very adventurous! Her favorite game she likes to play with me is "sneak into the rooms I'm not allowed in" then binky/race around at warp speed when I try to shoo her out. Some of her favorite things to play with are discarded socks and letters pulled off of coffee tables; she likes to pick them up and hop around with them in her mouth it is hilarious to watch. She is also very fond of digging/chewing up boxes so I usually have several laying around that she can tear up. Wynne will eat anything to everything, so she gets excited about any kind of treat (if she hears the crinkle of a food package she quickly starts hopping under foot to mooch for sweets). All my guests get fair warning to use the coat/shoe racks because Wynne is very notorious for chewing jacket sleeves and eating shoes. She has an absurdly weird interest in shoes! Sniffing shoes, dragging them around, chewing them, sleeping next to them, I have to keep them out of reach to keep her from wrecking them!
The Adorable loving Vinny
The Amazing Princess Annabelle
"Annabelle was dumped off and abandoned at a farm one day. She spent 2-3 weeks on the farm before we decided to rescue her and give her a proper home.
Annabelle loves curling up in small spaces - boxes, bags, and her most recent find, our wreath from the front door; which we can no longer use for our front door. ahaha
She enjoys playing hide and go seek, as well as playing fetch with anything from her little mouse, which she ripped the tail off of and her mom and dad now call it her perogy or her newest toy…a carrot!
She is our princess and has more pictures of her in our home/office then other other family member.
Although she doesn't always show it she secretly loves her visits with Dr. Parks and the rest of the great staff at the Currents Veterinary Centre : ) "
Vader is a two and a half year old bearded dragon. His owners adopted him from a family that could no longer care for him.
His favorite things to do are run around in the basement while his family is watching tv, bask in the heat, sleep and hang out in front of the fire place on chilly days! He periodically goes outside in the summer and hangs out on the deck in his owners lap.
He does not like seeing or hearing crows, loud noise and he is pretty shy around new people.
One of the coolest things about Vader is that he hangs around with our cat Nacho. Nacho is not a very tolerant cat a lot of the time but he is gentle with Vader and they have oddly developed a friendly relationship and have even napped together.
Vader’s favorite foods are collard greens, endive and horned worms.
Waffles' family would like to say "we appreciate the excellent care of our senior doggy Waffles. Because he has been such a frequent visitor, the Currents team are becoming like part of the family. Thank you for taking such good care of our boy."
"Our grandson named our dog Waffles. Unbeknownst to us at the time this name had been used before in a Woody Allen movie. Not an original name after all".....well it is original to us - he is the only Waffles we have who comes to see us!
He has developed some chronic conditions in his later years, and so has been a frequent visitor at the clinic. He tolerates his medications and treatments given by his people, and it is wonderful to see him thriving at home! Despite his advanced age and health concerns, he is still full of energy, gets around just fine, continues to enjoy "prewashing" the dishes before they go in the dishwasher, and always enjoys the comforts of life provided by his wonderful family.
We are so glad that Waffles has become a part of the Currents family, it is always a pleasure to see him and his family come in!
Handsome Loki and Thor
These two handsome boys are quite a pair. Though they both have just enough "cattitude" that they like to let us know who they think is in charge when they come in to the clinic for a visit, it is always a pleasure to have them and their family come in to see us.
Thor and Loki are a pair of tuxedo domestic short hair cats from the same litter. They started out as feral kittens and were taken in by the Little Cats Lost Society. Later, they were adopted from Edmonton Humane Society at the age of 3 months. This June they will be 3 years old. Both cats have beautiful silky coats and muscular builds.
Since they began as feral kitties, Thor and Loki are a little wary of new people. However, in recent months they’ve gradually become more relaxed around people other than those who feed them. The two brothers get along very well. They love to chase each other and play together.
They do have different personalities. Thor will be shy and timid around new people. Loki, on the other hand, feels he can boss around any human in “his” space by swatting the person with his paw (with nails thankfully retracted)!
Thor and Loki share their home with a 10 year old Lhasa-Apso Shih Tzu named Amorita and two new kittens named Pancake and Rudolph. The three humans who inhabit Thor and Loki’s home enjoy caring for all the pets very much!
And then my soul saw you and kind of went, “oh there you are, I’ve been looking for you.”
Duchess had been a puppy-mill breeding dog. She was rescued by a family who surrendered her to the EHS because she was not social & was destructive to the point of eating their baseboards. She had allergies & a slew of issues I didn’t find out about until later. I had her DNA tested & she is full Dogue De Bordeaux, but must be stunted at only 70 pounds.
Duchess basically lived in my closet or under my desk for 6 months, too afraid to come out. I just waited for her to make that choice for herself, encouraging her when I could. My family found it hysterical as every morning I pushed and pulled her up 2 flights of stairs to get her outside.
Duchess was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia not long after I got her. She had both of her knees surgically repaired (torn cruciates) in 2015. Her hind end is just a mess. Muscle holds her together, so I make sure she stays lean & fit. Every month she receives acupuncture treatment by Dr. Jackson at Currents Vet, & she also gets monthly laser therapy, massage, & chiropractic work. She is high maintenance that way, but other wise is not trouble.
It has been so rewarding helping Duchess learn to love life. The moment I was able to throw a ball without her thinking I was throwing it at her was the best feeling. Now she goes absolutely crazy when I throw toys for her. It’s unbelievable how fast she can run! I’ve never known a dog that loves being comfy
I’ve had Duchess for just over 3 years now and it is clear we were just meant to be together. She has really needed me but more recently it was my turn to rely on her during some tough times. Her physical issues have inspired me to go back to school & specialize in canine rehabilitation. She makes me laugh every single day & has taught me to appreciate the little things in life. Duchess has a heart of gold and it’s been such a pleasure helping and watching her learn to love life!
Sweet little Scamp
Meet March's pet of the month, "Cookie". She is a wonderful, very sweet kitty, and it is always a pleasure to have her and her family come in for a visit.
Pawchi, the perfect Family Dog
Our February pet of the month is a 4 year old spayed female mixed breed dog. Pawchi was found as a stray in mid January at 6 weeks old! After a stint at the City of Edmonton's Animal Control Centre, she was adopted by a wonderful forever family, and has settled right into her home.
Her favorite spot in the house is laying on the back of the couch, looking out the window.
She loves food of any kind (whether she is supposed to have it or not), and is often getting in trouble for "counter surfing"!
Pawchi is a wonderful Dog, and a very beloved member of her family.
Fernando is a handsome and confident young gentleman who we adopted form the Humane Society 11 months ago. He is full of energy and keeps us on our toes with his various antics.
Zach and Zoe, the giant lap dogs
"Zach and Zoe seldom speak, but when they do, you listen". They are patient, gentle, curious, loyal, playful, quiet, protective presences that are great in family and social situations. These two giants like food...and lots of it! They enjoy going for walks, car rides, spending time with their family, and sleeping. They dislike rainy weather, winter, any delay in mealtimes, and not being included in all family activities. Zach loves TV, but can't figure out where the dogs on screen go when they appear to have gone behind his tv...4 years, and still wondering. ;)
Zoe is a very gentle loving girl who loves to cudle, sit on our lap, and hear how pretty she is and how good she has been. At play she holds her own with Zach and can give as good as she gets. She is a tom boy at times, but always remains a lady.
Zach is a true gentle giant. Age hasn't changed Zach. He remains a kid at heart. Full of curiosity, and playfullness with a large appetite for life, and a fear of missing our on any of it. A "boy" through and through with a nose for adventure, Zach has two speeds...one of which is asleep!
He is always alert and nosy when there are people around; the better to show off his attitude - he tends to swat and try to bite people’s feet. He stages a very vocal protest every morning until he receives his breakfast and treats. He dislikes having lots of people around, and isn’t a big fan of small children who invade his space.
Morris enjoys sleeping, and playing with little bells. He loves to sit and sleep in any bag or box he can fit into, and like any hunter, he enjoys spending time outside, catching anything that flies or hops, and hiding in the grass.
Morris is an unusual fellow for a kitty, in that he loves to play fetch with a bell. He growls when the doorbell rings, and you can always tell when he’s very comfortable by the snoring coming from his direction. He requires his humans to provide him with his own glass of water in the bathroom, and he loves to snack on fruit and cheese. Not wanting to miss out on anything, he always has to be around mom and dad to “help” when they are wrapping gifts, putting something together, packing, or doing anything new.
Morris is a very unique kitty, full of personality and attitude, and a very beloved member of his family.
Introducing Miss Emma
Emma is a typical bulldog who loves naps, short walks, eating everything in sight and cuddling with anyone willing.
Emma especially loves to spend time with the kids of the household. Emma has an agreement with our 3 year old where Emma gets food scraps when we aren't looking if our 3 year old gets to poke, prod and lay on Emma at any given time.
Emma has been a healthy bulldog aside from having her tail amputated, which lead to her using her whole butt to wag rather than a tail.
Emma is a wonderful patient, and a joy to be around!
This sweetheart is a 9 year old spayed female chocolate labrador retriever. She is a very happy girl, and loves to be around people!
Her likes include: playing at Terwillegar Park, eating peanut butter, swimming, car rides, sleeping under the covers, ear scratches, and giving kisses
Her dislikes are: being left alone, and taking baths
Unusual habits: rolling in the dirt after swimming
Kahlua is a beloved member of her family, and works her way into the hearts of everyone she meets.
Sweet Carrot Cake
A little background from her family: She was turned into the Edmonton Humane Society about 2 years ago as a stray. I'm not certain of the circumstances, but I always just picture her wandering down 97 street when a kind soul found her. From the Humane Society she was adopted by a family who had her until she started to lose her hair about a year later. Unable to take care of her, as she was obviously sick, they surrendered her back to the fine establishment where they had adopted her. The veterinarian there knew she had an ovarian cyst and immediately spayed her to remove the cyst. After some recovery time they posted her on their website where we saw her last November. Carrot Cake was hairless at this point, except for a white and orange lion's mane around her face and a long tuft on her bum. Soon after, we visited the Humane Society, filled out the paperwork needed and brought Carrot Cake home. Since then her hair has grown back with vengence and she has been strong, healthy and - I like to believe - happy.
Carrot Cake loves hiding, lettuce fresh from our garden, singing to us as we walk up the stairs to her home in our living room (especially if we are carrying her dinner). She also has a fondness for marigold apple sticks, fresh apple slices, taking baths, being combed and getting treats after having her nails clipped. ;) I think her two favourite things are getting her home laid out with fresh fleece and t-shirts, and when the little bits of hay rain down when we are filling her basket. She popcorns and kicks like a baby goat.
The Princess does not like the sound of bells (she rumbles every time she hears one), being touched when she's eating dinner, or a dirty cage.
We have discovered she is a pig of many moods and we think she is part baby goat, hair model, princess and hermit crab all stuck in a guinea pig's body.
Carrot Cake is a joy in our lives, and we hope we are one for her as well!
Meet the G-Team, our July pet(s) of the month!
These adorable puppies came to us through Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART), one of the rescue organizations we work with at Currents Veterinary Centre. We were only too happy to spay/neuter and microchip this litter to help them on their way to finding their forever homes.
HART is one of the many rescue groups in Alberta who do amazing work caring for countless animals in our communities.
HART says, "We are very proud to be a part of the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force (ASNTF). The task force provides proactive, community-based pet wellness clinics for communities that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues. The G-Team came into HART's care as a result of a clinic held in our target community.
How can you be a hero and help prevent over-population?
ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!
Your perfect pet-match may already be waiting for you. Talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be thrilled to provide you with information and direct you to resources to help you save the life of a special someone already looking for a home!
If you would like to help support HART, or are ready to add a new furry family member to your home, please visit www.humaneanimalrescueteam.ca for more information.
June is the Month for Patience
Currents Vet is excited to introduce you to June’s pet of the month – a 3½ year old male Savannah Monitor lizard who goes by the name Patience. Not to be mistaken for one of the residents of Isla Nublar from Jurassic World, Patience can be found basking in his 130°F hot spot inside his 8’x4’x4’ home, which perfectly replicates his native African climate.
When not lounging in the heat, he likes to cool off with some swims in the bathtub, of course always mindful to wait an hour after eating. Patience enjoys a healthy diet of beetles and super worms, and is especially eager whenever F/T rats and mice are on the day’s menu.
Patience is quite the clever lizard, and he is a welcome addition to the Currents Vet pet family.
Willow Brings Family Love and Laughter
Willow is an 11-year-old Bengal cat. She is a very affectionate, playful and gentle kitty. Unlike many cats, she loves water! She also loves anything that is sticky. It doesn't matter if she is sleeping or roaming another part of the house, if she hears that we have Scotch tape she comes running. (She's a big "help" while wrapping presents!)
Willow is a very loud and vocal kitty. She always greets us at the door upon returning home. When we pull into the attached garage and turn the car engine off, we can hear her meowing while we’re still sitting in the car! Willow loves when we use the dust attachment of the vacuum cleaner to “vacuum” her. She'll follow us all around on housework day – at least someone is excited about cleaning!
Willow is a busy kitty with a big personality who has enriched our lives so much. She has brought us so much joy and love we could not imagine our home without her!
Get to Know “King” Banjo
Banjo is a 10-year-old male, neutered bichon frise mix. "King Banjo" is a sweet little dog with a very big personality! Let’s hear a little more from Banjo himself:
“Wow...this is such an honor! Normally I charge for headshots and interviews but my publicist says I need to get out there more and should provide them pro bono.
“To keep my pristine figure I require fresh-made daily carrot and apple juice. At the end of a long day I’ll whine until a human carries me to bed! Despite my small stature I require most of the king-sized bed. Should there be any noises that I find to be alarming I will send one of my humans before risking my own well-being.
“I know McDonald’s ‘Golden Arches’ when we go for rides, because that is where ice cream comes from. A dog of my celebrity status also only eats the gourmet food served at home and never from anywhere else...not even water!
“When I’m around, there is no affection allowed between humans, as all attention should be directed towards me. Lastly...medicine...it’s so awful it should only be given to cats! Speaking of cats, I also have a sister Aurora who is a cat. I don’t hold this against her too much. I fight with her constantly but miss her when she isn’t around. Anytime I hear a bell I think she's come home to visit!
“My days are spent napping and securing the castle grounds from neighbouring cats, dogs and children.
By the way, I love people. Give me attention! As per your request I have attached a few shots. Please let me know if you’d like to set up a photo shoot. I’ll have my photographer, make up artist and fur-stylist on stand by. (Jk!)”
His Royal Majesty
P.S. Why aren’t keyboards designed for paws?!
Cleopatra the Beauty Queen
Cleo is a six and a half year old female spayed Akita.
She is an extremely kind, loving, gentle girl, who has an extra special bond with her family. The love and affection between this wonderful girl and her owners is obvious to anyone around them!
She has spent hours on the dock with her "Dad" overlooking the lake, and is happiest when by his side, wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. She loves picnic tables, and claimed the family table as her own...after all, it is the perfect size for napping on!
"She is the most kind and loving pup we have ever had. Cleo has never had obedience training, but no pup on earth is better behaved when walking, at home, or in a crowd. We are so blessed having Cleo as a member of our family," her owner says.
They will be forever grateful that her breeding/show career was not meant to be, and she found her forever home with them.
Maxine, the Gentle Giant
Maxine is an extremely laid back gentle giant. She is an 11 and a half year old spayed female Great Pyrenees cross. Max enjoys her status as the only house dog on a large goat farm. She does a fantastic job guarding the farm and all its inhabitants. She loves going for truck rides, riding on the quad, and can often be found chasing away the resident squirrels, gophers and muskrats.
Maxine has had more than her fair share of medical concerns; habing recovered from liver failure years ago, and more recently back after a scare requiring a blood transfusion for immune mediated hemolytic anemia (a condition where the body attacks and destoys it's own red blood cells). All of this doesn't prevent her from rolling around, burying her face in the snow, or soaking up as many belly rubs as she can get. She has been known to sneak her own breakfast, helping herself to a few farm fresh eggs out of hte bucket!
She loves her treats, stealing food from the cats, and occasionally the odd "poopsicle" provided by her feline friends.
A Fairy Tale Ending for Elsa
Elsa is a very sweet female cat, who was found out in the cold. She lost the tips of her ears and had damage to her nose due to frost bite, but this hasn't slowed down her affectionate nature or her "motor" (she is always purring)!
She was brought into Currents Vet Centre by her foster family through the rescue organization who took her in. We treated her injuries, spayed her, and we are happy to report that Elsa was adopted by her forever family just recently!
Here's more details about Elsa from her foster mom:
"Elsa is a wonderful petite black cat who has nothing but affection to give despite her sad story. Elsa was found in Parkland County fighting to live in the dangerously freezing weather lying next to another furry body who had succumbed to the cold. She was brought to Zoe's Animal Rescue and taken in by a foster family where she thrived! She had frost bite injuries to her ears and nose but it didn't stop her from snuggling up or strutting her stuff!
"Princess Elsa, as we came to know her, was adopted by a family who knows how to treat her like royalty, so her story now has a wonderful happy ending!"
Molson Will Make Your Season Bright
Molson is excited to be Current’s pet of the month!
She may be getting old and her bones don't work like they used to, but she still acts like a puppy. She loves going for walks and sunbathing in the summers and lazing by the fireplace in the winter. Like any pug, Molson loves food. Sometimes we think her hearing is going but she always seems to hear the words "supper time."
She loves her family and is very much a people dog. She has a little sister (a black pug named Stella) who she puts up with. Stella is young and full of energy and Molson just can't keep up any more. (Although, they can get into a pretty good tug o' war sometimes with their toys.) Molson's favorite toys are stuffed hedgehogs. She's been through a few over the years.
And one more thing, Molson loves to get really close to your face, like she's going to give you a kiss, then she sneezes and gets pug snot all over your face. She's thinks it's funny and runs around afterwards. We say she's the running the "Pugtona" (like Daytona Racing).
Get to Know Helen
Hi! My name is Helen and I am a five-year-old year old special needs chow. I was born without eyes but you would never know it by the way I get around!
I live with my mom Diamond, my BFF Persia, bossy Sugar and my playmate Kit. (And of course, my other mom!)
My likes are:
- Sitting as close to my best friend Persia as she will let me, which is close enough for our fur to almost touch.
- Barking so loud the dishes in the cupboard rattle.
- Teasing the other dogs by jumping on their heads to make them play with me. (Sometimes I’m a bit of a lovable brat).
- AND my number one like is getting petted, petted, petted, petted… and, well, you get the picture.
My goal is to make it into the Guinness Book of Pets in the category of “dog being petted by the most people at the same time.” Oh, by the way, when I go for walks – and I do! – I count the steps I take, so now I know where all the curbs are in my neighborhood.Smart, huh?
OK, have a great day and I hope I get a pet from you soon!
Deuce's family is so pleased that their loving, laid-back cat has been chosen as Currents Vet Centre's Pet of the Month! Deuce was a new addition to the family and recently visited the clinic for some severe dental issues. The family was extremely pleased by the care Dr. Greg provided, and said the staff and the centre provided them a wonderful experience. Thanks Currents Team!
Deuce has a fabulous easygoing, loving temperament. He likes to curl up in the sunshine and watch the birds fly by. Instead of a meow, he does a little chirp and is ready to tell you all about his day when you get home. He loves belly rubs and playing with his rope and is just getting the hang of playing with a laser - he used to run away from it, now he pounces on it.
Loki – A.K.A Prince Loki Lemew
Age: 13 ½
- Loki has been a long-time patient of Dr. Jackson’s
- We joke about Loki being my “Shadow” because he follows me everywhere
- He has 3 living brothers and sisters and one who passed away
- He is clicker-trained to do tricks
- He walks on a leash
- Long naps in the sun
- Delicious Wet Food
- Waking mom and dad with kisses in the morning (and the occasional pat on the face!)
- Snuggles with mom
- Loves fruit & peanut butter
- Playing with dad’s ipod headphones (much to the dismay of dad, lol)
- Taking his medication
- When his people go away on vacation