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We Heart the Pierce Family’s Dogs

Jun 01, 2016


Every patient leaves an impression on our hearts. We create bonds with our patients and clients when nursing a beloved pet through an acute or chronic illness. Ultimately, we want them back in their loving home; though, it is bittersweet as we miss seeing them and often think about how they are doing. And when we aren't able to get them home, we mourn alongside their family.

Dr. Small first met Ms. Pam Pierce several years ago when her beloved, fawn Boxer, Grissom, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called tricuspid valve dysplasia.  Over the years, our bond with Ms. Pierce grew and we also had the pleasure of meeting, Prairie, Mariska and Anastázia.  Sadly, both Grissom and Prairie have since crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Today, Mariska is a beautiful and loyal, 5-year-old brindle Boxer.  She sees Dr. Small annually to monitor her congenital heart disease called subarortic stenosis.  Happily, Mariksa is symptom free of her heart disease.

All of the Pierce dogs have a special place in our hearts, and it looks like the feelings are mutual. In fact, Anastázia and Mariska’s middle names are named after a couple of our team members. Anastázia Danielle is named after our Hospital Manager, Danielle Russ. Mariska Merrilee is named after our board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Merrilee Small. We couldn’t be more honored!

Ms. Pierce wrote a touching review about her experience at The COVE on Yelp. We were moved by her kind words and wanted to share her testimonial with you.

Featured Testimonial: Mariska

"We LOVE The COVE! I use them for both cardiology and emergency services. My dog Mariska that sees Dr. Small, our favorite board-certified cardiologist, has a tendency to be aggressive when visiting the vet. Dr. Small and her staff have gone out of their way to make visits less stressful for my boxer. I am very over-protective of my dogs, and I trust Dr. Small with them completely. She has treated 2 of my boxers for different heart conditions and is my go-to doctor for many questions. She always has the best interest of the animal at heart, and trust me when I tell you she will honestly lose sleep over your pet. 

I have also used The COVE for emergency services more than once. Dr. Mueller went out of her way to help my anxious, aggressive boxer feel more comfortable.  My chocolate lab was also seen at The COVE towards the end of her life. It was Dr. Mueller that was finally able to provide a diagnosis for my suffering girl. 

I highly recommend The COVE if your pet is in need of cardiac or emergency care. We love them!"

— Pam Pierce via Yelp

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