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Thanking Dr. Brester: Customers share stories in honor of birthday
Updated on: 04.22.14

The April 23 Brown County Democrat carries a feature story about 48-year Brown County veterinarian Dr. James Brester, who will turn 72 this week. His wife says he has no plans to retire.

Here are some Dr. Brester stories happy customers shared, which wouldn't fit in the printed paper:

"We took our dog to Dr. Brester to be euthanized after a vet in Indianapolis told us our boy had a fungal infection in his lungs, that it was extremely expensive to treat, and that it would likely reoccur. They were going to charge us $350 to euthanize, which we did not have, so we said our goodbyes, bought him a big ol' cheeseburger and headed down to Bean Blossom. When we told Dr. Brester why we were there, he looked at us like we were insane. He said putting our dog to sleep was not an option, that he would make a complete recovery, and treatment would be less than $100! If it had not been for him I would have killed the first dog I ever owned, the one who protected me during three home invasions, and the one who chases away the monsters at my son's window. I am so thankful to Dr. Brester and his staff. He truly saved my Titan's life and I will forever be a patient of his."

-- Lauren Presley

"We had a very old cat who was at the end of his days, had to take him in and on my way through the door, Boots started to have a seizure. Brester gave him a shot as soon as we got to the table, but it was Boots' time to go. Brester was so gentle; he stroked his lifeless body and looked me in the eyes and said it was alright. Most times we wait all day, to be seen for five minutes and get very little talk from him, but now I can understand why. His few words made me stronger and helped me at that moment. Thank you for always looking out for our animals, Doc. 'Hope you have a good birthday. See you in three months."

-- Lindsey Dawn

"Dr. Brester has been taking care of all my pets since I was a little girl, and now I am 53 and he still takes care of my pets. I remember one time when my cat was sick. He was not breathing very well. It was 2 a.m. I called over there to make an appointment for the next day and he picked up the phone and told me to bring him in, and I did. He gave him a two shots and said if he is no better, bring him back. But he got better. White Soxs lived about another year or so. He was 18. Thank you and happy birthday. You are the best!"

-- Greta Burkhart

"As many of us feel, our Cocker spaniel is the baby of our family -- a true member of our family. When he started having seizures, we took him into Doc Brester's office and had tests run, during which he needed some bloodwork/shots. After one of the shots, Gordon cried out in pain. Doc turned him around, hugged him and said 'It's alright, sweet boy' and kissed the top of his head. He cares so very much for our 'furry babies' as if they were his own. This man has made his living by truly LOVING our animals. ... God bless you and thank you so much for all you do."

-- Jody Roach-Snider

To read more comments about "Doc," click here and scroll down to the post about Brester: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brown-County-Democrat/58947961030

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Barbara Ann Frank Sheehan, 71, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  Former resident of Brown County

Phillip Michael 'Mike' Mathis, 63, Nashville
  Brother of Cathy (Steve) Junken and Melanie (Darian) McBride, both of Nashville

Dorothy Louise (Tripp) Zimmerman, 84, Linton
  Former resident of Brown County

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