A Breed Apart - Three Local Vet Superstars
Veterinarius humblius, or “vet superstars” as they are more commonly known, are a hardworking, humble breed. Aside from considerable skill in their chosen field of expertise, it’s actually their humility that earns them the superstar status for which they are known. They just won’t tell you so, we will show you what makes this group of veterinarians truly a breed apart.
Sharon Penny, Style-El Dorado County Foothills, Aug 1, 2012
RANDY ROBINSON, D.V.M.
MISSOURI FLAT PET CLINIC
Inside every vet is a superhero waiting to get out. Missouri Flat Pet Clinic owner and veterinarian Dr. Randy Robinson is an outright crusader. What’s the object of his crusade? Bully breeds, which include American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, bulldogs, bullmastiffs and Staffordshire bull terriers. Why bully breeds? “There’s a lot of fallacies about the breed; it’s the most abused and neglected breed. They’re the ones that need the most help,” Dr. Robinson says. Some owners want them for the wrong reasons, he says, and will often punish the animal to make them meaner, or for not being mean enough. However, the perception of bully breeds being a “naturally” mean dog is false. “The only thing that makes a pit bull (or bully breed) different to any other dog is they’re strong. Mentally, they’re just as loving as any other dog.”
Sadly, the bully breeds Dr. Robinson sees are the ones with severe medical problems, coming via the County pound/animal shelter or rescue. But there are success stories. Set on fire by a local dog-fighting ring, Hope came to Dr. Robinson in 2011; burned, raw flesh covered her entire back.
Thanks to Dr. Robinson, Hope was nursed back to health and adopted into a loving home. She is now a certified burn therapy dog, going into hospitals and visiting children that have severe burns. “It’s really satisfying to find wonderful homes for dogs that were homeless and suffering. When you make the right connection it makes it all worthwhile,” he shares.
Dr. Robinson wants readers to know three things. First, be aware that not every animal that goes into a shelter or turned over to animal control will get adopted. “The number of animals that get destroyed, especially pit bulls, is very high,” he says. Secondly, “Judge all animals on their own individual merits, and not because of breed, media bias or hearsay.”
With 23 years under his belt at Missouri Flat, Dr. Robinson says he feels very blessed to work in El Dorado County. “My colleagues are incredible.” We wholeheartedly agree!
Favorite charity: Chako Pit Bull Rescue
Perfect happiness is: No more homeless pets.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given: Hard work is the best reward.
Motto: No pain, no gain.
Favorite local restaurant: Café Luna
Favorite local landmark: Lake Tahoe
Favorite book: Shogun by James Clavell
Favorite movie: The Watchtower
Guilty pleasure: Rocky road ice cream
Secret passion/obsession/hobby: Dog rescue, riding my Harley, winemaking, and spending quality time with my wife.
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