While at the reservation, we fell in love with Dr. Adrienne Ruby, the only veterinarian for miles and miles around. She travels from village to village in her mobile veterinary clinic, which consists of a beat-up white truck with an old car phone that is rigged to the horn and honks loudly anytime someone calls. Dr. Ruby often sets up shop at the local farmers market where people line up with their animals to see her.
An old white stray named “Cavedog” is Dr. Ruby’s constant companion. She sits with Dr. Ruby as she drives, and guards the truck/office when she makes house calls. We accompanied the two of them on a visit to see a sick cow. After traveling through bumpy dirt roads in vast fields, it turned out that the cow wasn’t home.
In the photo above, Dr. Ruby and Cavedog are driving away to their next house call– to castrate a horse in a neighboring village.