Sparky was given to me as a gift from my mother and my older brother. I was playing softball when my mom put him on the field and he ran to me. He got his name from the Ishpeming Fire Department. The firemen called out a few names, and Sparky was what he responded to. He is a big part of my life. We play fetch and go for walks every day. He especially loves to ride in the truck or be on the boat with me. His favorite activity is to jump off the dock and swim at camp. Sparky and I recently started agility training with Dr. Cannon. He loves people of all ages. He visits nursing homes and plays with my niece, Olivia, as well. In the winter we hook Sparky up to a sled and he pulls Olivia around like a sled dog. At Christmas we hide a meat stick under the tree, all wrapped up and Sparky will sniff it out and devour it. I can’t imagine my life without Sparky; he’s the best fit for my lifestyle.
Emme has been a wonderful addition to our family. She is a great hunter and loves hay piles. Today she is very affectionate, enjoys snuggles, and oversees things in our barn. She wasn’t always this way. A unique situation brought us together.
Emme showed up at a barn where I boarded my horse. They agreed to let her stay if I provided food. She would allow you to pet her when she ate but otherwise, not so much. Her favorite hiding spot was a space between the wall of the horse stall and the wall of the barn. I was the only one that Emme started following everywhere around the farm. Indeed, she had chosen me, there was no question about that. Over time I could pick her up, very carefully as she’d swat at you for the littlest thing. The day I moved my horse to another barn proved our bond. On moving day Emme greeted me as usual. As we finished loading up my horse’s gear the whole family and their dogs came out to say good bye. Due to all the commotion Emme disappeared to her hiding spot behind the stall wall. With no way to reach her I decided we would come back later for her. As I walked my horse into the trailer Emme suddenly appeared out of hiding as if to say, “I know it’s the last minute but I don’t want to miss my ride”. My husband scooped her up and she willingly went into her carrier. When I checked on her in the car she was content and purring up a storm. And so, Emme came home!
Like most of our pets, QP came into our lives due to unforeseen circumstances. After the death of a long term client, her family asked if I knew of anyone who would take QP. After some thought, I decided that she would be a great fit with our family. Weighing in at 12 pounds, her first impression to someone meeting her is one of a frail little dog. It doesn’t take long for people to realize that QP is one tough dog (one of the toughest I have owned). Prior to her joining our family, she survived a horrible tick-borne disease called Ehrlichia. She contracted this when she lived in Arizona. What could have taken out a tiny lap dog, only made her stronger. She definitely runs the show at the clinic. She comes to work every day, and spends most of that day barking orders at my staff. She changes her mind daily as to who will have the privilege of serving her! QP has been a source of entertainment not only for my home family, but also my work family for many years now.
Scott Jandron, DVM
Lily is a 12 year old German Short-haired Pointer who has the kindest soul and a brilliant mind. She loves to please, and tries her best to understand her humans when they talk to her. Lily will alert us when our phone is unattended and ringing. She will watch over her sister, QP, and let us know if QP needs to come inside.
Lily loves to be outside. In the summer, she will head to the beach at camp. She eagerly looks back and waits for someone to bring a fishing pole. Fishing is one of her favorite past times. She loves looking for “the bird”, or hunting chippies. When Lily realizes that we are dressing for outdoor activity, she will point to her leash, as she wants to make sure she is included.
Lily has been a source of comfort to our family. She is always there for us. It’s been a bit difficult watching her age, and realizing that we have to adjust our activities to keep her safe and comfortable. Although she would love to go on strenuous hikes, we now choose flat trails. She has always made our family her number one priority, so it is easy to make sure that she is ours. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have Lily in our lives.
Diane Savolainen, Dr. Jandron, and Matt Jandron
Biggie is an adult Bearded Dragon that joined our family several years ago. When we got him, he could fit in the palm of your hand! Now he is about 18 inches long. Biggie has a very unique personality. He really enjoys the company of people. He definitely looks forward to feeding time! One thing he likes to do is hang around with me when I am working in my home office.
Scott Jandron, DVM