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Hester, better known as “Hussie,” came to Buck Animal Hospital one fateful, snowy afternoon in February, 2003. She had likely been hit by a car, and was laying, freezing, in a roadside snowbank. A passerby noticed the tip of her tail emerging from the bank, and called the Humane Society to investigate. Hussie was brought to Buck Animal Hospital, and the outcome was not favorable. After warming her body, Dr Blackburn, who has a soft spot for black and white cats, decided to ‘adopt’ this little rescue. Upon further investigation, Hussie was diagnosed with a broken pelvis. Lucky for Hussie, she landed on the right veterinarian’s doorstep; Dr. Blackburn happens to adore orthopedic surgery, and moved quickly to repair her pelvis. After weeks of bed-rest, Hussie proudly became our clinic cat.

Since her recovery, Hussie has tempted fate many times over, with her own medical treatments and her mischievous ways. She is personally responsible for damaging thousands of dollars worth of inventory and hospital supplies. She is in the habit of sneaking nibbles of kibble from bags she chews open, and has also “accidentally” knocked a heavy object onto our blood machine, which rendered it beyond repair.  This little feline is lucky she is so adorable.

Upon visiting Buck Animal Hospital, you will likely spy our spoiled Hussie either lounging at reception, begging for treats, or waiting to greet people. If not, she is most otherwise found in repose in a favoured cat bed, or even a cupboard.


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C.J, was surrendered to Buck Animal Hospital in October, 2013.

He planned on moving in with one of the receptionists but life happened and he was no longer able to rent a room in her home. At the point he had outgrown his stay in a cage and began occupying the cat ward.  He was than given a taste of freedom throughout the clinic and has not looked back. Hussie and C.J gradually became friends, occasionally still trying to outdo each other. C.J has taken over Hussie’s favourite spot in the back where he can keep his eye open for unsupervised food.

C.J is the best diabetic patient the kennel staff could ask for, as long as he is eating he has no objections to getting his needle.  He wonders around the clinic greeting clients and sometimes tries to make friends with the feline and canine patients. Unlike Hussie, he enjoys snuggles and is not afraid to get in the way of our work or hide in the smallest spot possible.