The Things We Do for Love: "I Drive 3 Hours for a Vet Visit"

There are plenty of ways to show our pets how much we love them —we buy them special food and treats, bring home the newest toys and, of course, lavish them with affection. Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat and cofounder of BlogPaws, will share the stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this new series, The Things We Do for Love. And sometimes, the extra mile is only the beginning!

Ain't no river wide enough to keep Carol from taking Dexter to the right vet!

When Carol Bryant takes her dog, Dexter, to the vet, it requires a full vacation day off from work.

That’s because Dr. Stephen Gloates is a one-and-a-half-hour drive each way from Bryant and Dexter’s home in Forty-Fort, Pennsylvania.

It's Worth The Effort

“If you find the right vet, it’s worth the travel,” maintains Bryant. “Dr. Gloates treats my dog like he’s the client and I just happen to be in the room, “ she says. “He’s calm, caring and I feel 100 percent comfortable if I have to leave Dexter there.”

Bryant says she’s known “Dr. Steve” since her previous dog, Brandy, was a puppy, and the vet was just a “puppy” himself. He was originally only a half-hour’s drive away when Bryant was hunting for a vet that offered laser treatments for Brandy's cancer. Over the years, Bryant followed him from clinic to clinic and now to his own practice.

Scheduling Visits and Emergency Backup

While Bryant would take Brandy to see Dr. Steve more than seven times a year as new lumps and bumps appeared, Bryant and Dexter usually only need to make the trip every four months for his regular care. “But I wouldn’t hesitate to go more often if he needed to,” says Bryant.

Bryant has an emergency vet closer to home, but she says she would opt for Dr. Steve if she could because Dexter is at ease with the vet and doesn’t mind the visits.

It turns out that Bryant is not the only one who travels to see the good doctor. Others come from similar distances because they have the same confidence in Dr. Steve that Bryant does. “When I’m in the room, I see how he acts with Dexter,” she says. “He’s crawling on the floor, talking to him, getting under the chair to get to him. And I know if I left the room, he’d be doing the same thing.”

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