Veterinarian’s sidekick has patients entertained

Veterinarians not only have to be animal lovers, they also have to be diverse in their skills and doctoring of many species which all have different needs. Vet Erin Dryden not only spends her days helping to save animals’ lives at Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texas but has found the cutest companion to help her in the process, a baby lamb named Ursula.


Dryden adopted Ursula at birth, and the feisty little girl can sure shake a leg or two! A viral video of the dancing lamb has the internet in high spirits.
The video posted by Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center in Longview, Texas, was shared unintentionally as Shelter director Chris Kemper explained that vet Erin Dryden often allows her pet lamb, Ursula, to tag along on the job.
“She’s like a puppy, but she gets excited and she starts jumping,” he said. Kemper was simply strolling out of an office, when he spotted Ursula skipping along with lead animal care technician Nina Allen hoofing it down the surgery hallway in his general direction.
So Kemper immediately captured it on phone and and paired the footage with a disco jingle and released it on the online space where thousands of viewers have been cheered up watching this cute video.
Allen says, “Our thought was, ‘Let’s just post this. It will make some people laugh, and it keeps us in the Facebook cycle until the next morning,’” he said.

Almost in a jiffy, the Longview News-Journal reported that local ABC affiliate KLTV wanted permission to share that video, and Raycom Media (now Gray Television), introduced it to a countrywide audience.
The shelter started to see some serious traffic from online users with multiple likes and shares from all across the United States. Many more media outlets picked up the video and thousands of new viewers began visiting the shelter’s Facebook page.
Kemper says, he and his team want to translate all that publicity into new animal adoptions, “We want people in driving distance — Shreveport, Tyler, Dallas, wherever — we want them to think, ‘Wow, I’m going to drive to that facility because they care about what they’re doing,’” Kemper said. “That’s what we hope the outcome is.”

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