Getting to Know Dr. Long!
It has certainly been a busy start to the year for everyone here at NAH, but our Marketing Coordinator, Olivia, was able to take some time to sit down with Dr. Long and learn more about what being a animal Vet means to him. He is loved by many of our clients, and as far as NAH goes, he is the doctor that has been with us the longest!
Dr. Long, you always give your pet patients care and love as if they were your own. What is your earliest memory of a pet in your life?
My cat, Dennis, when I was 1 year old. I loved that cat.
Is there something about you that most people do not know, but would be surprised to hear?
Believe it or not, I used to be a pretty good baseball player in high school! When my cat Dennis died, I was devastated. That night, I was scheduled to pitch a pretty big game but I was too upset, so I skipped the game. At the time, some people gave me a lot of flak for that and asked me, “How you could miss the game just for a cat?" Looking back, I’m proud of the fact I honored my cat by doing that, no matter what people said about me.
If you could go back and have five minutes with your ‘younger self’, how would you use that time?Anything you would say?
I would tell myself, "You're incredibly lucky, because when you get older you're going to marry an amazing girl and ultimately have three wonderful children."
How do you want the world to be different because YOU lived in it?
That I helped to create three wonderful kids who will grow up to serve their country and their communities.
When you find yourself with a sudden amount of free time unexpectedly, how do you spend it?
Always with my family... just chillin out.
Thank you for your interview! We always end it with a favorite quote. What is yours?
There’s a ton of great quotes out there. I always have loved Nathan Hale’s “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” ...If you don’t know who Nathan Hale was, you should read about him. He was a volunteer soldier during the Revolutionary War. The amazing thing is he said that quote knowing he was about to be hanged as a spy by the British. I found that to be incredibly heroic and brave.
I've also always loved JFKs “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”…an epic quote that speaks for itself!
We appreciate YOU, Dr. Long. Thank you for your service.