On the Go With Bow: Good health with a side of horse sense

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Like many dogs, Bow hates going to the veterinarian.

But she’s intrigued by horses, and Sunnycrest Animal Care Center, 951 W. Bastanchury Road in Fullerton, is nestled next to V & H Stables, so we sandwich her appointments between visits with the horses.

SunnyCrest Animal Care Center. Mrs. Petlove’s Bed and Breakfast Inn is upstairs
SunnyCrest Animal Care Center. Mrs. Petlove’s Bed and Breakfast Inn is upstairs. Photo by Tonia Cheong

Not too close, of course. A few feet from the fence, a lot of sniffing and wagging, and she has something in common with these magnificent animals: she loves carrots.

So there’s a get-to-know-you dance followed by communal snacking.

We can sense Bow’s mixed feelings when we park. There’s a lot going on in her doggy brain. She knows it’s doctor time, but she’s excited to see the horses. Bottom line: It’s a pretty good distraction; it eases her into the doc’s office.

Sunnycrest, which we first heard about via our dog club regulars, has been good to us. The veterinarians and technicians are not only superbly skilled, but they’re warm-hearted and empathetic.

The animal care center has been a fixture in Fullerton since 1969. On the second floor is Mrs. Petlove’s Bed and Breakfast Inn, which offers boarding and grooming.

Bow’s due for some dental care involving ultrasonic teeth cleaning with Prophy-Jet polishing, so we’ll be trekking up to the stable in late July.

Packing whole carrots for the horses and smaller samples for you-know-who.

Brady Rhoades
Brady Rhoades reports from Orange County on the escapades of PCMs four-on-the-floor correspondent, Bow, a 2-year-old labradoodle. Bow enjoys morning massages, all things ball-related and play-dates with her BFF, a malanoise mastiff named Ryu. Look on our website for her adventures at parks, businesses, beaches, hiking trails and other spots.

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