Millie was a Christmas present from my brother and did not want to be handled, mostly staying curled up. Two days after I had her I noticed her right rear foot was discolored and swollen when she took her first bath at her new home. A string had been wrapped around her foot for some time and it was all purple and black. It had to be amputated for her to survive. It was a very scary time since small, exotic animals don’t always do well with anesthesia. Millie made it through surgery and recovered extremely well thanks to Dr. Jandron! Mille became a friendly, outgoing hedgehog that loved running on her wheel, taking her baths and interacting with people. Millie crossed rainbow bridge in Aug or 2016. Her fun nature is greatly missed.
Snapple arrived at Northern Veterinary Associates by an unlikely twist of fate in 2013. He very quickly became the Northern Veterinary Associates Ambassador of Goodwill. Snapple was born with the ability to comfort those in need, both human and animal. Whenever a patient or client displayed signs of anxiety or concern, he would always appear out of nowhere to ensure that their visit was as comfortable and happy as possible. Very frequently, clients would ask us where Snapple was. Many people enjoyed his company! Snapple enjoyed visiting with our clients as they waited for their furry family members to return from the exam room or treatment area. He was always in the mood for a “hello” or a chin scratch! The rest of his day consisted of lounging around in one of his many custom made beds. Unfortunately, Snapple passed away during the summer of 2015. He is gone from us now, but he left a lasting impression on everyone who met him.
For the last 25 years, I have consoled my clients during the loss of their beloved pets. I have always said that we love all of them unconditionally, but we all get that one pet in our life that leaves an extra special mark on our lives forever. Our soul mate, so to speak. Arthur (or Artie) was that dog for me and my family. Arthur came into our lives when my son Matt was 5 years old. He was born with a heart defect, so every day, of the 12 years that he was with us, was a blessing. Matt has looked at Artie like the brother he never had. For as long as Matt can remember, Artie has been there for us. When I met my girlfriend, Diane, several years ago, he was the icebreaker that allowed her to feel at ease with my family. He was one of those ever-ready dogs that would hang out next to you until you were ready to go, and would leap up at any sign of activity. He helped us during many up and down times in our family, by just being Artie. His confident strut and his comical ways helped bring a smile to everyone who knew or met him. In the end, his physical heart finally gave out, but the heart and soul within him will remain with us forever.
Dr. Jandron, Diane Savolainen, and Matt Jandron
Over the years I have fallen in love many times with dogs that have filled my life with happiness.
Hank and Masher were two of our favorites.
Bringing them home as 8 week old puppies and having the pleasure of watching them grow was something I will never forget, each weeks growth measured by the adjustment of collars.
Each boy reaching an impressive size and having hearts just as giant.
If Hank knew you , he loved you, in his mind he was always that sweet small puppy that would love nothing more than to sit in your lap, rest his head on your shoulder and fall to sleep. He is deeply missed, when we lost him the house was so sad and quiet.
Masher was my heart and soul. If you’ve ever had a dog, that one dog that moved into your heart as soon as you laid eyes on them then shattered it when they left you, that was him. My heart still hurts months later,
I’ve never had a dog so in tuned with my emotions.
I try to remember the times they made me laugh or smile, having giants dogs in your life makes things comical at times.
I loved them each enough to bring home a new mastiff puppy, there is a lot of Hank, Masher inside of Spooner, I find myself laughing at his antics and thinking about the boys.
Although I miss all of my dogs that have passed, there will always be a special place in my heart for my mastiffs Hank, Masher and Joie. Joie was our senior rescue mastiff we had for 11 short months before we lost her.
Time with pets is never long enough, each and every one of them has had an impact on our lives. I can only hope they were as happy as we were, they enriched our lives and showed us the truest meaning of unconditional love.
~ Kim and Jim Black
If there are no dogs in Heaven then when I die I want to go where they go – Will Rogers
Molly was born April 18, 2000 and so began the most wonderful adventure of our lives. Shortly after receiving Molly in June we started our search for a veterinarian. We soon found our way into Dr. Scott Jandron’s life. In the beginning, we saw Dr. Jandron for annual physicals and shots. By the time she was 5 years of age we had collapsed lungs from hunts, encounters with porcupines, and the usual activities of adolescent behavior. And, Dr. Jandron saw us through each emergency. The years went by and to our amazement Molly was now an older dog, a geriatric dog. In our eyes she was still our sweet girl but Dr. Jandron and his staff began preparing us for what was to come in her senior years.
In April of 2012 Molly started having a difficult time going out for our 2 mile walks. After several tests, Molly was diagnosed with Diabetes. It took a while to get her established with insulin but Dr. Jandron continued until we found just the right dose that kept Molly healthy. And then in December of 2014 Molly started having more difficult problems. Dr. Jandron and his staff worked diligently to keep Molly strong. We changed insulin brands, doses, and food.
In January of 2015 Molly started her journey home. I must say that Dr. Jandron, Dr. Cannon, and Dr. Sheffield were on top of Molly’s case and without them I do not know what our family would have done. By now, they were not just caring for Molly but they extended their care and kindness to us. They were available to Molly and us no matter the hour. Molly died March 27, 2015. Before she left us each and every member of Dr. Jandron’s team made their way into the exam room to say their good-byes to Molly. There were many tears and we will never forget the love that flowed into our lives that day. Because of their tireless efforts they extended Molly’s life another 2 years.
Doug and Brenda Stacy
June 30, 2015