A Kindhearted Vet Serenades A Dog’s Blues Away Before Surgery

Dr. Ross Henderson prescribed a private concert for Ruby the dog.

By Erin Kirkpatrick

Credit: Facebook / Fox Hollow Animal Hospital 

As much as hospitals help people and pets, many would prefer to avoid them. They’re overwhelming.

Mixing one part unfamiliar noises + one part weird smells + one part unsettling sights + already not feeling welling = unsettled nerves and anxiety. That anxiety and nervousness is amplified in dogs, as opposed to humans, as they may not fully understand why they are there.

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Ruby the Golden Retriever was staying at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital for a routine surgery when she came down with a case of pre-op blues and nervousness. Luckily, Dr. Ross Henderson, an attentive veterinarian at the Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, was there to ease his patient’s mind in the most heartfelt way — through song. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a babe, too.

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On April 27th, Dr. Henderson was recorded crooning while Ruby cozied up in his lap. The video, which was shared on the Fox Hollow Animal Facebook page, has blow up online, with over 660,000 views, 8,400 likes, and 1,100 comments.

For the past few months, Dr. Henderson has been singing for four-legged residents and two-legged staff at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital, but this time there was video evidence.

We’re very thankful that Dr. Henderson’s colleague Darcy Holloway pulled out her phone to capture the heartwarming moment. You’re probably asking yourself, “What did Dr. Henderson sing to six-month-old Ruby?” He chose a classic tune in Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” No wonder the Golden was lulled into relaxation when Henderson sung a few verses.

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