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‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ & Dr. Elizabeth Ring — Very Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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Braxton, our (rescue) Harrier, has had a real bad rash for some days now. We knew it was due to allergies but it was clear that he needed some heavy-duty prescription medication.

Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.

Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.

Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.

Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.

Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.

But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.


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Braxton, Our Harrier’s 6th Birthday, July 20, 2019 — McDonald’s As Is The Ritual.

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Taking the dogs to the Alton McDonald’s (at the circle) for their respective birthdays, May 15 & July 20, has now been a firm tradition for at least 11-years (methinks). Started with Ulysses when we moved to Alton in 2007. It has continued with Maya and Braxton.

Braxton, being your quintessential British hunting dog, like the Queen, has an OFFICIAL birthday — July 20 (which was Deanna’s father’s birthday). But, alas, unlike the Queen he doesn’t have a real birthday. Given that he is our rescue dog nobody knows for sure when he was born. They think it was around the 3rd week in July.

This year, i.e., 2019, we added ice cream to the menu. Maya is more fond of it than Braxton. Braxton likes his customized cheeseburgers. Given how hot it was today the ice creams were good for them.

It is not the only time we take them to this McDonald’s. They get to go on a fairly regular basis. They know the routine when we get there. They each get two plain cheeseburgers and whatever buns I do not eat. No fries. They are happy.

It is fun. Teischan enjoys it as much as the dogs and, of course, she gets food and ice cream too. So, she does better than the dogs. She is the one that keeps track of these birthdays.

So, both their birthdays in 2019 are done.

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Last year’s birthday.

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Maya’s 8th Birthday, Celebrated, Per Custom, At McDonald’s — May 15, 2019.

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We have been celebrating the dogs’ birthdays for 15-years or more; even when we lived in Gilford and just had Ulysses (our big Golden boy). In those days, in Gilford, it used to be an ice cream cake from ‘Hannaford’ (or whatever it used to be called in those days). Ulysses, who had grown up under my care, like all my dogs, liked his chocolate — and BEFORE you even ipen your mouth to say anything he lived a very good, active life, with very little wrong with him, until he was past 13. For a big dogs, that is quite brilliant.

Once we move to Alton in 2007 the tradition became that of taking the dogs to McDonald’s at ‘the circle’ for cheeseburgers on their birthday.

Teischan, a great lover of birthdays (albeit, her’s her all time favorite), does a great job of keeping track of the dogs’ birthdays. I have been told, near daily, for the last 2-weeks, that it was going to be Maya’s 8th birthday and that we are going to McDonald’s. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know what is coming. Just search on ‘Maya birthday’ or ‘Braxton birthday’.

This year I decided to change the routine a bit — partly in honor of the ice cream cakes that Ulysses used to get. So, they got an ice cream cone, each, before their two cheeseburgers. I did not hear of any complaints.

The dogs know McDonald’s. I take them outside of their birthdays too. They probably go to McDonalds 7 or 8 times a year — maybe slightly more. I don’t think it is once a month, on rote, but it is thereabouts. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know.


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‘Vetco’, Dog Vaccinations, At ‘Petco’ — Convenient Enough, Not Sure About Actual Savings.

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Given that she gets the dogs groomed at Petco, Deanna gets all sorts of e-mails and offers from them. One that she got recently was for Vetco — pet vaccinations at Petco.

Both dogs, Maya & Braxton, needed vaccinations. So, we decided to try them because they claimed to be cheaper.

Well, we went to the Sunday, April 14, 2019 clinic at our local Petco in Rochester. We got there about 12:45. Registration was easy enough though it could have been quicker if it was done on a proper PC screen as opposed to a 9″ tablet.

For a full complement of shots, including a rabies booster, it was $99 per dog. I am not sure how much of a saving that was. I just can’t remember.

One other thing bothers me. The rabies booster was only for 1-year. My previous one was for 3-years. To be fair they only charged $10 each for the rabies. But, that is something else I want to investigate.

But, overall a decent, positive experience. Convenient enough. There were 7 others ahead of us, but they saw us within 20-minutes or so. The vet was pleasant and appeared to be competent. Well, we now have another year before we need to worry about shots for the dogs again.


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Braxton, Our Harrier’s 5th Birthday, July 20, 2018 — McDonald’s As Is The Tradition.

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Taking the dogs to the Alton McDonald’s (at the circle) for their birthdays has now been a firm tradition for close to ten years. Started with Ulysses when we moved to Alton in 2007. It has continued with Maya and Braxton. Maya’s 7th birthday was on May 15, 2018, and we took them both to McDonald’s.

It is not the only time we take them to this McDonald’s. They get to go on a fairly regular basis. They know the routine when we get there. They each get two plain cheeseburgers and whatever buns I do not eat. No fries. They are happy.

It is fun. Teischan enjoys it as much as the dogs and, of course, she gets food and ice cream too. So, she does better than the dogs. She is the one that keeps track of these birthdays.

So, both their birthdays in 2018 is done.


Last year’s birthday.

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Maya’s 7th Birthday, Celebrated At McDonald’s Per The Tradition — May 15, 2018.

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Since we move to Alton 11-years ago taking the dogs to the McDonald’s at ‘the circle’ for cheeseburgers on their birthday has become firm family tradition.

Teischan, a great lover of birthdays (albeit, her’s her all time favorite), does a great job of keeping track of the dogs’ birthdays. I have been told, near daily, for the last 3-weeks, that it was going to be Maya’s 7th birthday and that we are going to McDonald’s.

The dogs know McDonald’s. They go there outside of their birthdays too. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know.

Maya’s 7th. Braxton is going to be 5, I think, later in the Summer. Given that he is a rescue we are not sure of his exact birthday. So, like the Queen, we have designated an official birthday for him. Teischan will start telling me about it soon.

Enjoy. They did.

P.S., When we lived in Gilford, prior to Alton, and just had our Ulysses, it used to be an ice-cream cake for him from Hannaford’s!


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