by Dr. Arvus Kline, head veterinarian at the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic, featured in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston
Hello. My name is Dr. Arvus Kline--Arvie to my friends. Those friends include Carrie Kennersly, whose adventures are now being memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries.
I've been a doctor of veterinary medicine for a major portion of my sixty-some years. I opened this clinic a long time ago after visiting
Knobcone Heights in California's
San Bernardino Mountains, liking it a lot, and
seeing a need for a pet hospital. Since
then, I've had other vets as associates, some of whom stay for a long time and
others who leave. The same goes for those
such as veterinary technicians and staff members. One of my best vets right now is Dr. Reed
Storme, who seems to be becoming a close friend of Carrie's.
I first met Carrie about five years ago when she applied for an opening as a vet tech. I liked her and hired her. I particularly like her love of animals and her ingenuity and caring nature while helping to treat them. She's become family to me.
If any of our patients require something special or different in their diets, Carrie helps to develop something healthy that works. One day not long ago Carrie mentioned that her baker friend Brenda who owned Icing on the Cake had to move away to take care of her mother. Carrie told me she was interested in buying the shop and turning half of it into a dog barkery where she could sell some of the dog treats she's created. I really liked the idea.
In fact, I liked it so much that I loaned her the money to buy and remodel it. I also told her she could still work part-time as a vet tech with us, both to keep that part of her career going and to have a more stable kind of income.
So far, it's looked like I made a good investment--despite the complaints from some of the Ethman family, which is one of the most powerful families in town. In fact, a couple of them were quite vocal about criticizing Carrie and her new venture and its supposed competition with their own pet store. And when one of them, Myra Ethman, was murdered... Well, despite having to perform euthanasia of patients to prevent suffering, and not choosing to be a vegetarian, I generally don't condone killing. And murder of a human? Terrible. But I knew Carrie didn't do it, despite her becoming a suspect.
You can read more about what happened in Bite the Biscuit, which also tells how Carrie tried to find out who really killed
And from what I gather, there will be more Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries. Even so, I've no doubt that Carrie will be diligent in paying me back. I just hope she has enough time to continue working at our clinic.
BITE THE BISCUIT, the first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, is a May 2015 release from Midnight Ink.