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The countdown begins

Merry Christmas!  No time for visions of sugarplums around here, we’re preparing for the big day that will arrive only a week from tomorrow.  I spent much of the day yesterday and the better part of this morning inside the biggest Christmas present I’ll ever receive, setting up our computer system, installing small equipment, and completing various…

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Well, construction is nearly complete, and I keep trying to take some nice new photos for everyone, but every time I drop by the hospital, there are new boxes all over the place and I put photography off.  It may be another several days before I snap the shutter again, since we’re installing something new…

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Tile and plumbing and lights—Oh My!

Well, most of last week was consumed by tile installation, which began with “laying the field” of whole tiles and then slowly came to completion after all the cuts were made and fit into the smaller areas and irregular corners.  The lobby floor has a pair of wide arcs that reflect the ceiling soffits above,…

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"Signs" of more progress

Last Friday was a big day, as our sign finally went up to let the neighborhood know we’re on our way. Sign-A-Rama’s truck pulled in just as I was finishing up a brief meeting with Clint, and, along with Dr. B’s dad Ed and our friend Dr. Wappel from the Emergency Animal Clinic, I was…

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Mark your calendar!

Okay, okay, after weeks of answering with “late December or early January,” we have finally set a date and will open our doors on the second of January, 2008.  “Why so long?” some of you will ask.   Well, the reasons are numerous, and I assure you that this decision wasn’t made quickly.

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A Place for Everything

Just when I think things are finally going to slow down and give us time to think, we’re making progress as quickly as ever.  Door frames and doors were installed in the blink of an eye last week, just before truckload after truckload of cabinets came rolling in.  Wall and base cabinets have been going…

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The Search Begins

Veterinary healthcare team members are special people, and Dr. Burns and I have been fortunate to work with many fantastic technicians, assistants, and receptionists over the last decade.  And, although you typically speak of taking your pet to see the veterinarian, it is really these other folks who truly make a practice tick, smile, and…

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And up go the walls!

The walls have been taking shape one step at a time over the last few weeks.  First, sheetrock goes up on one side, then insulation is put up, then the opposite side is sheetrocked.  Once all the wallboard is up, taping and texturing begins, and then in come the painters.  As I type, color has…

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Moving right along!

Framing continues, and installation of electrical and other wiring has begun.  Clint (our supervisor) is working feverishly to make sure there is wood “backing” in place wherever something heavy will hang on the walls, and he’s constantly on the lookout for little details that will improve the clinic’s appearance and function.  He and our general…

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What a difference a week makes!

Our weekly visit to the  construction site today found the building’s skeleton taking shape.  Framing began at the middle of the week, and the central portion of the hospital is now outlined by metal studs (left).  We walked “into” the doctor’s office, strolled down the hallway containing the pharmacy and in-house laboratory, and entered each of…

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