Valentine’s Day: What Does Your Pet Mean To You?

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the perfect day to shower our family and friends with expressions of love – and we can’t forget about our pets.

Our pets provide us with unconditional love and deserve some extra affection on Valentine’s Day. Every person has a unique relationship with their pets. To some of us, our pets are best friends. To others, they are like a child. But if there is one thing we all have in common, it’s that our pets are precious and loved members of the family.

Here is what some of our team members had to say about their pets.


PetCure Oncology VRIC Kara

Kara Flagg, Veterinary Technician
PetCure Oncology at VRIC
What Remi means to me is happiness, companionship, and unconditional love. He’s my dearest best friend. Remi is one of the friendliest, most loving, sweet, and silliest Jack Russell Terrier around! He’s unlike any JRT anyone has ever met and everyone he meets just falls in love with him. He’s 11 years old, unbelievably cuddly, obedient, super smart, very clumsy, surprisingly only barks if someone’s at the door and loooooves tennis balls. He grew up as a barn dog when I worked with horses and still loves going to the farm. He is very good off-leash during our hikes, he’s always right by my side. His favorite toy is a tennis ball or his squeaky pizza slice.


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Dr. Kelsey Pohlmann, Head of Radiation Oncology
PetCure Oncology at CARE
Beamer is part of our family! She was my best buddy throughout vet school, our flower girl in our wedding, and hopefully someday, our baby boy’s best friend. Beamer has experienced a lot of change with us, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our unconditional love for her. Simply put – we love her and we would do anything for her.


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Marlene Wirfel, Program Director
PetCure Oncology at PVSEC
I could write a book on my pets! My Pets are my sounding board. They are who I share all of my stories with even though they can’t respond. Snoopy has been with me since he was 9 months old after I rescued him from euthanasia. He has traveled with me for work and has been part of every life decision along the way. I adopted Maggie when she was 13 from a friend that had gotten a new job. Snoopy was the decider of wether she stayed or not. He welcomed the addition into our home and I can’t imagine my life now without her weird ways. She is always happy to see everyone! Without them my home would just be empty. They truly mean the world to me.


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Matthew Lemonds, Program Director
PetCure Oncology at VRIC
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what my pets mean to me is “family”. My wife, Jen and I have an 18 year old (human) son named Dylan who is off at college pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, but we also have four fur babies that we love like our other children. We have a 14-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Tucker, a 7-year-old Pomeranian mix named Tobie, a 3-year-old Boston Terrier/Pug mix named Frankenstein (he also goes by Frank or Frankie), and last but not least, a 2-year-old Miniature Schnauzer named Bella. These guys are always there for us through the good days and bad. Their love is unconditional and we would do anything for them the same as we would for our human son, Dylan. Our pets are our family and we love them dearly.


PetCure Oncology Arizona Renee Fader

Renee Fader, Practice Manager
PetCure Oncology at AVO
From left to right, here’s Barley, Sierra, and Sammie. All of them are rescue dogs. I have had Sammie for about 7 years now. Sierra we rescued about 2 years ago and Barley in August 2016 after we had to euthanize Fezzik in July when he lost his battle with hemangiosarcoma. I have never lived without at least 2 dogs in my life. I don’t even know what that would look like and I never want to find out. My dogs bring me so much joy, companionship, and unconditional love. I wouldn’t laugh and smile as much if they weren’t around. They complete my family.


PetCure Oncology AVO Francis Church

Frannie Church, Client Services Coordinator
PetCure Oncology at AVO
My pets mean family and love.


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Ben Chiswick, Director of Marketing Communications
PetCure Oncology
This is my daughter, Maya, with our dog, Bandit. If you ask her about our family she will tell you there are four of us: her and her mommy, daddy and puppy brother. Bandit is our loyal watchdog, greeter, and playmate. Our family wouldn’t be whole without him.


PetCure Oncology AVO Jenn Gredlin

Jenn Gredlein, Veterinary Technician
PetCure Oncology at AVO
Tyke was my friend, partner, and defender. I was his leader, love, and life. Through his unending, loyal devotion I was given a comfort that couldn’t be found anywhere else.


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Sue Wojciechowski, Program Director
PetCure Oncology at Lakeshore
Pete is 1 of the 4 furry friends we have in our home. He is 100 pounds of pure unconditional love. He greets us everyday and makes sure we are showered in kisses. He is referred to in our home as our “gigantic cuddle puddle”. Our life is truly better with Pete in it!


PetCure Oncology JoAnn Stewart

JoAnn Stewart, Chief Operating Officer
PetCure Oncology
Marty is an incredible part of our family – he is one of our kids for sure! He’s a protector, a playmate, and a cuddle-bug. We love you Marty!


PetCure Oncology Care Center Tracy Beckman

Tracy Beckman, Program Director
PetCure Oncology at CARE
Nova was adopted at a particularly trying and stressful time in my life and when we went to look at dogs at the shelter, she definitely picked us versus us picking her! It took less than a day for us to fall in love with her. She is the most lovable and affectionate dog who is ready to smother you with kisses at a moment’s notice. She is a best friend, a part of the family and means the world to me!

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones – including all 4-legged furry family members!

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