Not many sick pals smile when they see ‘the vet’ and it was made worse after the spooky movie ‘The Veterinarian Always Rings Twice’ (I may have altered the name a little *sheepish face* but you get my point.)
But not all vets are scary! @ShivaandJaya know a wonderful man who also just happens to be an amazing Veterinarian: Dr. De Reus. Sadly, the animal kingdom lost this valuable man when he passed away on November 22, 2012, aged 90 years old. In memory of Dr. De Reus, Shiva and Jaya have asked me to share some of his story with you.
The doctor and his wife were both accomplished horse people and in the 1950′s his wife was USA National Dressage Champion! *impressive* Both he and his wife were esteemed Dressage judges throughout the United States, as well as F.E.I. Dressage Instructors.
Dr. De Reus continued riding dressage until he was 77 years old but continued as a Dressage Instructor, keeping him connected with his passion: horses.
In the words of Shiva and Jaya: “We received the news today that Doctor De Reus is dying, and we are very upset. He was admitted to the hospital and turned out to have pleural effusion. After they had removed the fluid, however, things turned out to be much worse than they thought: he has stage 4 lung cancer and the doctors don’t expect him to last for another week. Mom is going to the hospital tomorrow for a final goodbye.”
After Shiva and Jaya asked me to meet their friend at the Rainbow Bridge I made sure everyone knew he loved horses and because he’d saved many pal’s lives throughout many decades, we decided to do something unique.
After meeting the doctor at the bridge, we drove to the RB garden in my Pram/Stroller, wearing our Gold Helmets. He didn’t look like a Disco Hits man so I refrained from playing that CD. *spinning eyes* It was wonderful to see him get his new stuff (just like when I arrived OTRB and got new eyes and new kidneys.), now he’s refreshed and renewed, just like the rest of us.
When we arrived at the RB garden, his wife was waiting for him (she’d already been refreshed and renewed when she arrived in 2010.) There were many happy tears between them. In a show of honour many horses lined up on both sides, forming a guard of honour and all bowed or curtsied as Dr. De Reus and his wife walked toward the banquet hall for his Welcome Banquet.
To the doctor’s surprise many cows also snuck in the lineup and did cow-curtsies too. There were many soft neighs and moo’s of affection as Dr. De Reus and his wife walked along the Equine/Bovine Guard of Honour. It was a very special time.
As they neared the end of the large animal guard, many dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits and birds were also lined up and lifted either a paw or a wing in honour of him. It was amazing how many pals knew Dr. De Reus because he’d been their doctor throughout their life. As the Banquet Hall doors opened appaws rang out everywhere. The most overwhelming part for the doctor was that not one animal was sick!
To all who knew the doctor and especially @ShivaandJaya, please know has settled in wonderfully at the Rainbow Bridge, surrounded by many pals who already loved him long before he arrived. When you arrive here, don’t be surprised if he greets you and offers to introduce you to all his friends.
Dr. De Reus: we salute you for your life’s work and dedication to helping animals. *raises paw in salute*