This and That Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: This and That

A veterinarian’s letter to Delta about their ban on service dogs who they say are ‘pit bulls’

Thursday, Jul 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Gracie and me

I’ve flown almost 5 million miles on Delta, and this week I sent a letter to them protesting their ban on service dogs they say are “pit bulls.” This ban is not based in science and it puts an unfair burden on people with disabilities. I strongly oppose this policy and hope Delta will reconsider […]

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A veterinarian’s regrets

Thursday, Jun 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Fear Free vet visit

We have a family motto that sits atop a bulletin board we’ve called the “Becker Brag Board” since the first pre-school pictures and photos were push-pinned into place. The Becker Motto (which hasn’t been changed in over 30-years) reads: Live for today… Plan for tomorrow… No regrets… I know it seems cool or knee-jerk to […]

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A veterinarian’s Father’s Day reflection: Facing a family legacy of depression and suicide

Thursday, Jun 14th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

cow

Father’s Day is a conflicted day for me in many ways. I love being a father and grandfather; my daughter, Mikkel, my son, Lex, and my granddaughter, Reagan, are such beloved parts of my soul I can only be humbled with gratitude to have them in my life. I pray for them and thank God […]

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Pet lovers: What’s on your phone’s screensaver?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Woman hands with mobile cell phone to take a photo of labrador dog lying on the sand.

For the past eight years, I’ve had the same phone screensaver. It’s a photo of my granddaughter, Reagan, when she was just one day old, holding my right index finger with her tiny little hand. I’ve promised her I will never take it off until she asks me to (maybe to be replaced with her […]

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Happy birthday to my beloved wife, Teresa – every animal’s best friend (and mine, too!)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Teresa and Reagan

God was having one of his very best days when my beloved spouse of 40 years, Teresa, was born. My heart beats faster when she walks into a room and my heart slows down when I’m off the hamster wheel of travel, and home by her side on the couch holding hands, sipping tea, and […]

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