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.
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…