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This fall, we’re collecting pet food donations for FIDO of Clackamas County! From now through the end of September you can drop off dry and canned pet food at our dental clinic, and we’ll make sure that it gets distributed to seniors in Gladstone who depend on their pets for unconditional love every day.

FIDO, or Friends in Dog Outreach, is a wonderful volunteer-run nonprofit that cooperates with Clackamas County Meals on Wheels to donate pet food to senior citizens so they don’t have to sacrifice their own nutrition to feed their pets.

In 2014, FIDO gave out 36,085 pounds of pet food, served 132 seniors through ten senior centers, and fed 111 dogs and 185 cats! All that pet food helps to make sure that seniors and their pets are happy and healthy. You can help us help them by donating pet food, even if you don’t have an appointment!

Why collect pet food at a dental clinic?

It doesn’t take a long conversation for us here at GFD to start talking about our pets. But it’s not just our pets at home that we love. We even have an office kitty! It’s true, Jessica the cat comes into our waiting room, especially on rainy days. She’s become a popular addition to our staff!

We all remember the first day that Jessica came into the office…

It was a cold and blustery autumn afternoon. The wind tore at the trees and howled against the roof. Rain fell in sheets and the sky was a dark, malevolent charcoal. With a crash of lightning, the front door burst open, and a screaming black creature ran into the front office, shedding water.

The creature leapt onto the desk, spraying water all over PJ’s computer. For a moment, she was still, and we identified this soaked creature to be a cat! As she stared a cold stare at her stunned audience, we noticed she had a small piece of soggy paper in her mouth.

Risking the loss of a finger, Dr. Kato reached in and plucked the paper from her teeth with the speed of Superman. We unfolded it, to reveal a message, “Help! I’m in the parking lot!”

We all raced outside and spilled from the front door. The rain tore at our hair and clothing. We spotted a soaked elderly woman, looking even more miserable than poor Jessica, who had slipped on the pavement and fallen. Between us, we hoisted her up and into the office, where we were welcomed back into the dry office by Jessica, who knew she was a hero, and was now making herself at home on a formerly dry waiting room chair.

Don’t believe that story? Ok, here’s the real one:

It’s true, we just made that up for fun. The true story is a lot less fun. Jessica just showed up one day and our patients liked her so much that we didn’t have the heart to ban her from the premises. (As if one could ban a cat from a place she wants to be.) So, we keep a bowl of food out for Jessica, and sometimes we even include her in our patient’s chart photos! The only downside of having Jessica around is that she doesn’t seem to like Dr. Krause. “Even though I’m the one feeding the ungrateful beast,” she says. “She can tell I’m a dog person!”