Meeting Marty Becker

Marty Becker, DVM is on his Big Bus Tour across the country to promote his newest book, Your Dog, The Owner’s Manual and also to promote veterinarians and veterinary care.  (Thanks Doctor!)

He will be at the PetCo in Council Bluffs from 12:30 – 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

Dr. Wittler and I have cancelled our Tuesday lunch meeting (Thanks Doctor!), which is one of my very favorite parts of the week, so that I can go meet Dr. Marty Becker with Joy the Puppy.

Come with us if you can!  This is a great opportunity.  Dr. Becker has done SO much to promote the human-animal bond and the veterinary profession.

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I do just fine meeting people in exam rooms, but in The Rest of the World, I am well-known among friends and family for my ability to flub even that simple cultural nicety, especially if it is someone I am excited to meet!

My brother Dave introduced me to his friend Stephen Baldwin, and I messed that up.  In my defense, Sara walked up with Riley (my Great Dane-niece of the “Riley and James” duo, who was a super-cute gangly adolescent pup at the time) at the exact moment I was shaking Stephen’s hand, and I got distracted.  When I looked up from petting Riley, he was gone.  (Sorry Mr. Baldwin!  Give me one more chance!)

A guy walked up to the reception desk of Banfield Pet Hospital of Oakview here in Omaha when I worked there several years ago and asked me a puppy question.  He was very nice and fun to talk with.  We chatted for a few minutes, and he wandered off.  That night, I told Russ I met someone who looked like Nick Nolte, and when I described him, he said, “No, you met him.”  When Russ showed me pictures, I realized he was right.  Oops.  *Putting this out into the universe*  It was nice to meet you, sir!

Before that, it was Rich Mullins about fifteen years ago.  (I did say “Nice to meet you” after I said “um…”!)  SO glad I had the opportunity to meet him.  He was one of my heroes.

I messed up meeting the members of the band Geoff Moore and the Distance during veterinary school in Ames because I was rushing to get out of the crowd and did not recognize them.   (Yup, even though we had just experienced their awesome music for the preceeding two hours.)  We found the same back exit the band was using, and I was in tunnel-vision get-me-out-of-this-crowd mode.  They said “Hi guys!” and, thinking they were other fans being friendly, we said “hi,” but did not stay to chat, which, in hindsight, was the chance of a lifetime.  *sigh*   (Sorry guys!  I really do think you are great!)

Oh!  I remember a success story!  The day I met Lorie A. Huston, DVM, we had pasta for lunch, and I did not even spill marinara sauce on myself…or Lorie.  Yay me!

Having a puppy with me this time will help me to not be flustered…though I may get distracted…

Wish me luck!  Dr. Becker, if I forget to say it…

“Nice to meet you!”

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7 Responses to “Meeting Marty Becker”

  1. Jodi says:

    Don’t worry about “flubbing up”. I am the queen of meeting people. I have to do it every day – big, important people and people who might (or might not) someday be big, important people. I get star struck and say dumb things or just get this :D look or even this :| look. You will do marvelously, and Joy the Puppy will lick Dr. Becker because it’s what she does and break the ice. You & Joy the Puppy will do marvelously well.

  2. Shawn Finch, DVM says:

    Haha Hope you are right Jodi! If you get a panicked call Tuesday, just walk me thru untangling Joy’s leash…and restacking the books I knock over…and whatever else I need to undo!

  3. Jodi says:

    Deal! :) I may need to borrow some of your friend Stan’s expertise on a certain football team for my next “brush with greatness”. Can we trade?!

  4. You had me convinced you were the soul of grace and elegance, Dr. Shawn. Now you’ve gone and blown your cover :)

    It was fun meeting you for lunch and we need to do it again the next time I’m in Omaha!

  5. Jodi – Do I get to have Stan back as a friend after you get all his Husker wisdom?? Ok, then, deal!

    Lorie – haha what a thin cover! I know, that was so fun!

    Update from the corner of my brain – When I was a vet in Littleton, Alameda East hosted a very nice CE meeting at the Denver Zoo. When I met the awesome vet team, I knew OF them of course, so I called Dr. Fitzgerald Dr. Taylor and Dr. Taylor Dr. Fitzgerald. Wow. I am getting less cooler by the memory :D

  6. Jodi says:

    Yes, Sister I Love, you can have Stan back when I’m doing receiving his Husker wisdom.

    Actually, Johnny the Jet was really cool and I only did this: O.o face once or twice and this :| face once or twice when I was trying not to do this one: O.o Oh, and this one *.* once when the Ring of Superexcellence blinded me. :D

  7. That was in your head, Jodi-I-Love! I know you had your beautiful face on the whole time…the one that makes big fancy people relax and think, “Oh good, someone I can talk to!”

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