Pet of the Month: Parker

Pet of the Month: Parker

When Parker was born three years ago, his owners were very excited. They watched the litter grow in pictures until they were old enough to meet new people. Although the family had already picked a puppy, they wanted to meet them all. They held each puppy and each fell asleep in their laps, but not Parker. Parker was full of energy and wanted to be with them constantly, playing with their shoelaces and jumping up on them—they knew then that he was the one!

Parker was a good puppy and quickly found a new best friend in their son. He looks for him every day when he gets home or waits for him after school. While Parker has a strong bong with the entire family, he is closest with his boy—they especially love to go out in the field and look for birds.

Parker has spent many hours training to be a bird dog, in spite of having very bad allergies. He started getting infections on his feet after being out in the fields, but Dr. Kelly has done a great job dealing with this problem. Even though his allergies are the worst during the fall hunting season, he has been able to hunt and still be comfortable with Dr. Kelly’s help. In fact, Parker actually enjoys coming to the vet and is always excited to see her!

Parker has also had knee surgery at Pewaukee Veterinary Service after tearing his CCL. He was not even two years old, so his family took him to meet with Dr. Nick. Parker had surgery in May of 2016, and thanks to Dr. Nick and the amazing staff at PVS, he was back out in the field hunting that October.

Parker is like a second child to his family. He has shown them that a dog can truly give you the happiest of days, and they couldn’t have asked for a better addition to their lives.

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