It may come as no surprise that dentistry (which ironically is the profession that can claim responsibility for the invention of the electric chair) is possibly the most despised doctor.
According to HateDentists.com, a website dedicated to hating dentists, dentists rate among the highest group of dreaded doctor’s visits. But a toothless wonder named Karma is trying to change that perception one dental visit at a time.
Okay, to be fair, Karma doesn’t really care what people think of the dentist. Karma is a senior dog who had to have all her teeth removed due to shabby conditions in her mouth. She’s a laid-back pooch who’s living out her late years lying down, but her owner Debra Garrett, who is a dentist herself, cares quite a bit about what Karma does for her patients and their perceptions of the profession.
A few years ago, Garrett rescued Karma from Muttville Senior Rescue in San Francisco. Garrett’s 82-year-old mother had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for quite some time and Garrett thought a low-maintenance dog would be a good companion to lift her mother’s mood. Karma was a pretty good fit. She was a senior herself, had low-energy, and never needed to be reminded to brush her teeth. While it was a good fit, it wasn’t a great fit and Garrett ended up taking the dog in with her husband.
For a period, they made it work with the dog, but long hours at the dental office (her husband is a dentist too) left the couple feeling guilty. The solution was obviously just to bring the dog to work and have her chill on the patients while they went to work on their teeth. Now, Karma not only serves to soothe the stressed-out souls who lie in the dental chair, but she also acts a reminder of what happens when you go too long without a dental visit. Talk about being billable.
Now, Karma is living out her late years still lying down, but it’s on the bellies of patients. Karma gets free belly rubs and cuddles and the patients get a distraction.
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[Featured Image: Debra Garrett]