A TV Vet Visits Westminster

While we’ve been absorbed with watching the British series, This Farming Life,” it seems that others have been equally riveted with the NatGeo program, The Incredible Dr. Pol.  This is why our colleagues at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show were gobsmacked that we had no idea who Dr. Pol was when they excitedly told us of having had a Dr. Pol sighting at the dog show.

We looked into it, and as far as we can tell, there are strong similarities between the two programs.  Dr. Pol, a 77 year old veterinarian, and his staff handle day-to-day issues of the animals in their community of rural Weidman, Michigan. This Farming Life follows five different crofters and livestock farmers in some of Scotland’s most remote areas. Both programs deal with life and death issues, the successes and failures of their practices, and the reality of life as a veterinarian or farmer reliant on his sheep and cattle.

In the course of learning more about Dr. Pol, we discovered that he is a purebred dog owner whose current canine family members are Great Danes (his favorite breed), a Newfoundland named Annie, and Killian, a Saint Bernard (their total weight is 500 pounds!)  You can get a glimpse of them in the video below:

People magazine recently reported on Dr. Pol’s first visit to Westminster in an article you can read here.  Happily, Dr. Pol’s pronouncement of the experience was “fantastic!”

Dr. Pol, This Farming Life, Border Terrier, TV, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Newfoundland

We should mention that evidently, Dr. Pol has not been without controversy. The veterinarian has faced charges of negligence and incompetence since his show first aired, but as we’ve not actually watched the show, we leave it to others to determine if the charges were warranted.

As for This Farming Life, there are interesting breeds of sheep and cattle in the first season (and lots of Border Collies in the second), but the dog that caught our eye in that first season was the Border Terrier who showed up in every episode in which Mel and Martin Irvine appeared. The dog rode every manner of farm equipment, was on hand to watch lambing and calving, and was every bit the all around farm dog its breed is historically.

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2 thoughts on “A TV Vet Visits Westminster”

  1. You should watch Dr. Pol! He and his staff deal with everything involving large and small animals. he is old-school and does a lot of farm calls in addition to his clinic. He had some young snot-nosed vets accuse him of abuse because he didn’t do things like shave a horse’s neck before flushing it out and whatnot (probably one of those vets that shaves half the dog because of a hotspot the size of a dime. ) Anyway, he’s no nonsense and on the side of the animals and their owners. and he doesn’t add a lot of stuff in the treatment just to drive up the cost – he does what needs to be done and his staff the same. They’re serving a rural area in Michigan and would rather people call them or come in than just not get their animals treated because they figure they can’t afford it. Watch him. I think you’ll like him. And in all of it he keeps his sense of humor. Just don’t be eating dinner when you watch. You never know when he’s going to have to pull a dead calf or flush a huge pocket of puss from the neck of a horse.

    • We will, Cathy, it sounds like something right up our alley, thanks for the recommendation!

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