New clinic cat named after senior gentleman - Albuquerque Journal

New clinic cat named after senior gentleman

Second in a series.

My practice was in its infancy in 1978, but we were ready for anything. I had an ECG, X-ray machine and a full array of surgical instruments – everything but stationery and business cards. The equine veterinarian next door recommended a printer, so I called Mr. Franklin Lancaster. He offered to come by to design my spiffy new letterhead.

When this senior gentleman arrived, he cordially greeted Martha at the front desk and waited patiently as I finished with a client who had brought in an duck with diarrhea. That’s right – a duck named Harley (not Donald), who recovered just fine, thank you very much. I washed my hands of feathers and duck droppings, and invited Mr. Lancaster into my slightly-bigger-than-a-phonebooth-sized office. Despite being old enough to be my grandfather, he treated me with deference. I was struck by his courtly manners. Examples of good behavior can appear any time.

I placed my order and walked Mr. Lancaster to the door. As I turned around, I glanced over at Martha behind the counter to find a young woman just bursting with unbridled enthusiasm. She summarily announced the name of our new cat: Mr. Lancaster. Did I mention my tendency to name pets after people? Well, I am not alone.

My initial admonishment to Martha and Amos that this was not our kitten, and most certainly was someone else’s errant pet, had lost all credibility. It was only the previous evening that I had scoured El Pueblo Road for the blue-eyed white kitty’s family and, finding no one willing to acknowledge pet parenthood, I acknowledged that we now had a clinic cat. As we came to know our new pet, it became clear that, if anybody needed an example of good behavior, it was Mr. Lancaster – the feline version, that is.

Next week: Mr. Lancaster’s ignominious past.

DOG BEHAVIOR CLASS: I’ll teach a dog behavior class with plenty of Q&A from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the K9 Resort, 4740 Pan American Freeway NE, in Albuquerque. Cost: Free. Please call (505) 596-6872 to RSVP.

For help with behavior problems, you can sign up for a Zoom Group Conference on my website, drjeffnichol.com.


Dr. Jeff Nichol is a residency-trained veterinary behaviorist. He provides consultations in person and in groups via Zoom (505-792-5131). Each week, he shares a blog and a video to help bring out the best in pets and people. Sign up at no charge at drjeffnichol.com. Post pet questions on facebook.com/drjeffnichol or by mail to 4000 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.

 

Home » ABQnews Seeker » New clinic cat named after senior gentleman

Insert Question Legislature form in Legis only stories




Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

ABQjournal can get you answers in all pages

 

Questions about the Legislature?
Albuquerque Journal can get you answers
Email addresses are used solely for verification and to speed the verification process for repeat questioners.
1
From Hogwarts to Zelda: 5 upcoming video games dropping ...
ABQnews Seeker
Journal Staff WriterAs we start February, ... Journal Staff WriterAs we start February, we are getting closer to a plethora of high ...
2
US downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China
ABQnews Seeker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military ... WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military ...
3
Captions contest
ABQnews Seeker
OPINION: Go to abqjournal.com/caption-contest and click ... OPINION: Go to abqjournal.com/caption-contest and click on the photo to send us your suggested caption.
4
SpeakUp!
ABQnews Seeker
OPINION: No free lunches for school ... OPINION: No free lunches for school kids.
5
Doctors flee New Mexico – and more ...
ABQnews Seeker
The state's physician numbers are under ... The state's physician numbers are under national provider-to-population benchmarks
6
U.S. Fish and Wildlife counts, treats and gathers data ...
ABQnews Seeker
Annual count is part of federal ... Annual count is part of federal Wolf Recovery Plan
7
Untangling the policies and politics of New Mexico's medical ...
ABQnews Seeker
Legislature looking at changes to 2021 ... Legislature looking at changes to 2021 law designed to help doctors
8
Gov't transparency organization adds new members
ABQnews Seeker
Two local journalists join the New ... Two local journalists join the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government's board
9
Albuquerque to consider capping vacation rentals
ABQnews Seeker
Mayor Tim Keller's proposal stems from ... Mayor Tim Keller's proposal stems from the city's 'Housing Forward' initiative