This is my Winston, my 13-year-old pug whom I have had the pleasure of loving for the last four years. He was a longtime boarding patient at a past clinic when the original owner decided they did not want him anymore because of his old age (he was only 9!).

At that time, the original owner said they would rather euthanize him than continue to pay his boarding so my husband and I decided to adopt him. Four years ago, Winston was overweight, depressed and going blind from chronically dry eyes. He seemed so sad and sickly that my husband and I thought we would bring him into our home for whatever time he had left.

Within a few months, he lost some weight, he became more blind but he proved to be a much happier healthier pug than first thought. He has been a true blessing to our family and as you can see loves our new addition, our daughter. I am so glad that Winston came into our lives!


Dr. Smallwood is the Area Medical Director for our Austin market.  She started with THRIVE in January 2015 and helped open our first clinic in Round Rock, Texas. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and later from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in theriogenology (reproduction) and Camelid medicine (alpacas, llamas and camels), and currently resides in Round Rock with her husband Garett, and her new daughter, Alexandra. She also has two pugs named Winston and Fidelis; a domestic shorthair cat named Maximus, and lots of freshwater fish.


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