Dr. Ruby

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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.
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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.
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In the photo above, Dr. Ruby and Cavedog are driving away to their next house call– to castrate a horse in a neighboring village.



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  • It’s nice to see Dr. Ruby again. It has been a little over 1 year since I was on the rez. I volunteered worked with her and had an amazing time! I hope to go back to Rocky Ridge and race some horses again maybe next summer if I am not too busy. Send my regards to her if you can!
    - Robin Merritt
    Massachusetts

    Comment from Robin on October 10, 2008 at 9:22 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Dr. Ruby is well known on the Rez. Actually as far away as Santa Fe. Friends there have encouraged me to meet her since I, too, work on the Rez. I’m with Dr. Ruby: wonderful folks to serve and a community that needs our skills. I’d heard about Cavedog before I found these photos. I, too, have my pack of Rez Mutts & Kits. Animals here just need to find human kindness, food and shelter. Once they have the basics, it’s amazing how devoted they are. – - – Thanks, Dr. Ruby, for all you do every day.

    Comment from Suzanne Livingston on October 8, 2008 at 3:15 am - Reply to this Comment

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