Meet Spots, the Heart of New Braunfel’s Chisholm Trail Animal Clinic
What Has 3 Legs, Freckles, and An Unstoppable Zest for Life? Spots!
Anyone visiting Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels takes notice of a certain adorable, freckled resident. Spots is a 6-year-old Irish Pointer. When Spots was a puppy, loud fireworks startled him and sent him barreling into traffic where he was hit by a car. Spots’ back leg was unsalvageable and had to be amputated by Chisholm Trail’s Dr. Golla. Shortly after, Spots began his persistent journey to bring joy to the visitors of Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic.
Spots lived with other dogs in the Lockhart home of Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic’s veterinarians. While the other dogs slept, Spots spent all night barking for attention. Because his barking made it impossible for the other dogs and off-the-clock veterinarians to sleep, the Lockhart clinic became his home. When Dr. Golla of Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic purchased the property for the New Braunfels clinic, Spots came along. Even though Chisholm Trail New Braunfels doesn’t offer animal boarding, a special kennel was created for Spots… but Spots wanted no part of it.
All the coming and going of visiting pets and clients made Spots long to be part of the action. It was the constant need for attention that drove Marla Smith, New Braunfels’ office manager, to reach a decision. “We decided to keep him at the front desk to see how he would get along with the clients and their pets. Everyone fell in love with Spots.”
Once Spots was out of the kennel and in the limelight, he proved his value as an ambassador for Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic. “He seems to know what is going on around him and is very in tune with emotions. When a client is sad, he will go over and lay his head in their lap,” Smith says. One memorable occasion occurred when a mother and her young child visited the clinic with their pet. The child was being impatient. Spots walked to his bed and brought back his favorite toy to share with the child while the doctors talked to the mother about treatment options. Spot also makes the rounds visiting all the sick or injured pets who have to stay over the weekend.
Spots loves his home at Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels and his new calling as a mascot. Office manager Marla Smith can’t imagine a life that would suit Spots better than brightening up Chisholm Trail Veterinary Clinic of New Braunfels, “All the clients want to adopt him. He is spoiled rotten and very happy.”
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