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New job and no more puppies!!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

This is the beginning..... of the end of my Kennel Worker career. My knees have become so busted that I have now started my transition from Kennels to Reception at the Veterinary Clinic I work for. I already got to split my time between both departments, the harder Kennel part of the day I spent up at Reception and then got to go to Kennels afterwards. My boss/best friend from Kennels and I had this understanding that if I can't to the job any longer, I would just be transferred to Reception full time. They appreciate my work in both departments, and I absolutely love both jobs. High energy, high stress, fast paced environment... never a dull moment. (What? How does that not sound like a great job.... you people are silly), I was responsible for training all staff and watching over the Protocols in Kennels. I will get to train one of new team members to take that over for me. She will do great, she is an awesome girl.
So all around this will be wonderful. I will no longer crawl out of my car at night after coming home from work, just to drag myself to the couch and hope that my knee will not swell up. I will actually get to restore my knees and build them up, and go for walks with my dogs again (I will NOT take the Labrador, lol. I will stick with the little poodle).
The Lord has been so good to me to put me in the midst of that Hospital years ago. It was a great opportunity for me. When they hired me, they had a bet going how long I would stay. I had admitted that I am terrified of German Shepherds in the interview, but they hired me anyway. And after 2 weeks they offered me a full time position as the right hand of the Kennel Supervisor to train the Kennel Staff. They even got used to me singing Disney songs and Christmas songs year round because it puts spring in my step and makes the work a bit faster.
So no more puppies for me. That's okay. I am thinking that now I will have more incentive of working and training with my own dogs again. I have neglected that in recent years.

Wish me well, people!!! Now I get to take care of our clients full time, and that is also a job I love. We do get the occasional nasty person, but I always think, they should see Jesus in me when I am dealing with them. It might be the only time in their lives they see a person who shows them what that would look like. And that is a huge responsibility as a Christian!!! So I will keep singing my songs, and whistling my tunes and spreading the love and joy wherever I go :)
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  • TERESA159
    Congrats on having such a great employer and for finding the best job for yourself. But don't forget to go get some puppy love now and then! Love your attitude about the nasty people. Amen.
    2943 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to make that transition to full time receptionist
    2944 days ago
    This sounds like a good transition. And I'm sure when you miss the pups, you can sneak off for a moment to visit the kennels. They are very lucky to have you and it sounds like they know it.
    2945 days ago
    I'm so happy for you, Ute! I love the way you're seeing the positives and potential in this change. Good things always come from keeping that kind of attitude.

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    2945 days ago
    Best of luck with your new duties! I think the people part of the job will be tough in a different way, but what an opportunity to help them in stressful times!

    Your great attitude is inspiring!
    2945 days ago
    THank you so much for your "rant". You are wonderful for giving Ginger a good life and the love she deserves!!! Thankfully our doctors refuse to euthanize animals that are unwanted. They just don't do it. We are not a slaughterhouse!!! If they are sick and suffering, that is a different story. We however do cry a lot at work, and there are always plenty of tissues around to help calm the frayed nerves. I hear the "my dog is stupid" a lot. People don't take the time to train their dogs and interact with them, so when they finally decide they want their dog to do anything like a simple "sit", the dog has no idea what that is. I could go on and on how dogs do not speak English unless we teach them. But thankfully most people I encounter at our clinic really really love their animals. They pay the high prices of veterinary care just to make sure their beloved companion has a good life and it is always a joy when we can find a way to get them the best care at a discount and encourage them to come back to make sure they get the care they need. A lot of animal lovers love animals so much because they keep getting hurt by people and again I feel my job is to show them that there are good people out there. :)
    So go give your puppy a hug!
    2945 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I volunteer with an animal rescue organization so I know the importance of having great vet staff. We are so blessed with the relationship we have with our local clinic and I've seen firsthand how hard it is for all of the staff there. The front staff take more abuse from owners and the general public and still smile when they feel like crying.

    Our latest rescue was saved because of two such reception staff. Ginger was brought to the clinic to be put to sleep and was thrown out across the floor like she was garbage. She sat there, crying, and ran back to her owner who slapped her away. She was weighed for the needle and the paperwork was signed when the lady doing it just broke down in tears and asked if he would sign over the dog. I got called in and it was so sad to see Ginger clinging to this man while he kept ignoring her and driving her across the floor. The reason they gave for giving her up was that she was stupid and they wanted a purebred. They had kept her in a kennel in the basement for six years
    And she had never been out on grass!

    It's been nine months since we fostered her (we adopted her within days) and she is alive thanks to the receptionists. A truly wonderful dog who loves to cuddle and she still sends gifts to her two aunties who saw her potential.

    Bless you for doing what you do, regardless of the role. I'm sorry for going off on a rant!
    2945 days ago
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