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I have the greatest "small animal" vet in the world! She was Gregor's vet, and she absolutely fell in love with him...I could tell that she was almost as devastated as I was when Gregor became terminally ill.

Now, she is Gus' vet, and she's crazy about him, too! He hasn't been in for an exam in a long time...the last time he went in for that, he was only a few weeks old, and he told Dr. Lori (his vet,) "Eep!" So cute! Since he's been healthy and hasn't needed to go in for health reasons (touch wood,) I bring Gus by to visit her every once in awhile, so they can have a relationship, too.

She has two elderly female rats, among other pets. She once had to do two separate tumor operations on one of her own girls. She is very smart, really loves animals, and runs a fairly small, "neighborly" clinic, where you feel like people actually know who you are.

I was talking with her the other day, and I brought up an unusual question, but I thought it was important. I asked her that if anything suddenly happened to me, like a car accident, where I passed away, would she please adopt Gus and take him into her home? (I know it's not likely, but I watch a lot of shows where unlikely things happen to people, and it's always better to be prepared.)

I explained to her, as she already knew, that Gus "doesn't get treated so much like a rat, or even like a person. He gets treated more like a King." ;) She laughed, and said that she knew how spoiled he was, and that she would be honored to adopt Gus if anything happened to me, and also that she would do her very best to continue to give Gus "the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed."

What a vet! What a person! I don't really have anyone in my life that I would trust with my precious rat, except for her. I think that she is remarkable, to make a promise like that, no matter how unlikely it is to happen.

Anyone have any good ideas about something nice (but inexpensive) that I could do for her next time we go in? (Gus has already given her a custom painting.)
 

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hmmm i dont know about what to give her but i'll think!

its great you found a good vet. im gonna be a vet and i want my patients to talk about me like you do.

and that is so sweet that she'd adopt him. if she wouldnt, who knows what would happen with him.
 

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Awww! Now I want a vet like that D: Sounds like an awesome vet! I really don't think my vet is all that great with rats sometimes, and she's so very busy. I wish I could find a vet I could have more of a relationship with, that I could feel like I would talk to more. I feel bad takeing them to the vet because I don't really trust her treatments, and she's never been successful at fully treating my rats. She's been right on top of things with my ferrets and it feels like she's SOOO much better with them then rats D: Kind of sad really.
 

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That's awsome. My vet isn't that super, but he's close. He's like a walking encyclopidia (aren't they all? I know, but he shares his info, I've met very few vets who do that). Not only does he take care of my precious rat and rabbit but he can advise me on stuff with my equine (used to be a horse vet). He's not quite as personable though and I think he likes rabbits more than rats.
 
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