GOLD-STAR TREATMENT FROM EVERYBODY
Every pet owner knows that when an animal is ailing, the whole household turns upside down. Worries? Enough for a landfill, So at University Animal Hospital on the Upper East Side, where I almost take for granted the totally up-to-date knowledge and superior skills of their doctors, I am more than grateful for the genuine concern they seen to have about their patient's progress. They really do seem to care. As do the front-desk people and the technicians I've met in the back. \n\nWhen, after a long battle, my elderly cat finally exhausted her ninth life, one of the ladies at the front desk knew that I did - yet did not - want another animal. But then one night an abandoned cat scratched at her back door (word does get around, and somehow strays always seem to know her address). She called me and told me that this tuxedo cat - all dressed up with nowhere in the world to go - seemed unusually affectionate and in need of a safe haven. She didn't pressure me and could not have been more tactful. Just try him out and see, she said. I did try him out and of course I did see. Teddy is a treasure. \n\nThen when a year or so later Teddy was briefly hospitalized in their excellent facility, one of the doctors happened to see us checking out (not the doctor who had treated Teddy). Yet he knew all about the cat's problems and assured me that Teddy was so much better and eagerly gobbling down his food. Then another employee walked by. She saw Teddy in his carrier. ""Oh,"" she said with a big smile, ""that's the cat I've been kissing every morning.""\n\nA new cat? A cured cat? A kissed cat? What more could you want from an animal hospital?