Patients display patience at busy pet clinic in Beach Park
By Tina Johansson For Sun-Times Media October 27, 2013 3:32PM
Some people waited in line for more than one hour for their pets to be vaccinated at the popular pet clinic held at the Beach Park Public Works facility. | TINA JOHANSSON~FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: December 1, 2013 6:58AM
Hundreds waited in line at the Beach Park public works facility to show they love their pets enough to stand in line in chilly temperatures for more than an hour so they can get vaccines that are so needed.
And in the front of the line, letting people in the door to a public works garage, was Lake County board member Diane Hewitt. “This is so important to get these pets vaccinated, and it’s also the law,” she said. The event, sponsored by Lake County Animal Control, held the event in Beach Park for the second time.
In February 2012, Hewitt’s Bichon Maltese dog named Cindy was viciously attacked by a loose dog in while in their front yard in Waukegan. The episode left scars, so to speak, to both owner and dog. “Cindy pulled through, but for a long time, I was afraid to be around any larger dogs,” she said.
“That’s why I do this (volunteer at the pet clinic). It’s therapy for me. It has forced me to be around all kinds of dogs, and it’s helping. All of the animals here have been very well-behaved,” she said.
As far as large dogs are concerned, there were a couple pony-sized Great Danes at the pet clinic. One of them, a buff-colored 3-year-old named Henry, was brought by owner Christine Goodman of Mundelein. “I had to drive a little bit but it’s easy to get this done, and it’s the last one of the season,” she said.
Cai, a brindle Great Dane owned by recent college graduates Michael and Svetlana Mannebach, seemed to take everything in stride. “He’s here for his rabies shot,” said Michael.
“And because we’re fresh out of college, every little bit helps.”
The cost for cat and dog rabies vaccines, including a tag, was $20 for spayed and neutered pets; and a rabies/distemper and a tag was $60 for spayed and neutered animals. Distemper only was $10 and microchip was $15.
“This is almost half of what it costs me at the vet,” said Larry Miller of Waukegan who brought his tiny terrier Tramp to the clinic. “I’m saving a lot.”
For Dana Paschall of Beach Park, who was surrounded by her four playful Boston Terriers and helped by cousin Samantha Ryan, it was an opportunity to meet other pet owners and of course to get her dogs the care they need.
“This is a good way to get everything done in one fell swoop,” she said, as little Peter, Bella, Honey and Rosie were decked out in their finest costumes, including a tutu, and a skull-and-crossbones sweater for their visit with the doctor.
Three Chihuahuas brought in by the Alba family of Wadsworth winced and wiggled when it was their turn to be vaccinated. “The little ones get skittish; the big ones have more meat on them,” remarked Danny Sobecki, an animal warden from the Lake County Animal Control facility who assisted Veterinarian Dr. Lew Seidenberg administer the vaccines.