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Pet Cause: Ridgeview grand opening Saturday

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By Kelly LeVan

They both came from Los Alamos, got along well and owned the same unusual breed of dog. When the property near East Park opened up, in their own words, it seemed “like the stars aligned.”Drs. Kristine Weaver and Stephanie Williams lived in Los Alamos at different times – Weaver in 1974-79, when she attended the local middle school, and Williams through her graduation from Los Alamos High School in 1997. They met working for the same veterinary clinic in Clovis a few years ago.Today, they own their own veterinary clinic: Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, located at 194 East Road, convenient to the dog park and the animal training center. For both of them, moving back to the Hill meant a move closer to family as well.“It’s funny how when you’re growing up, you can’t wait to get out,” Williams said. “After you leave, you find out what a gem Los Alamos is.”Weaver agreed. “You appreciate it more when you’ve been gone,” she said.Weaver has been practicing since conferring her degree in veterinary medicine from Oregon State in 1995. Williams graduated from Colorado State’s veterinary program in 2005.In addition to their many other commonalities, the two vets share similar views on how best to run a clinic, beginning with a desire to “treat everybody’s pets the way we treat our own,” Weaver said, and always understanding that “not everyone has $10,000 to spend on their dogs.”“We practice good medicine and give our clients all the options,” Williams said.Weaver added, “We want to have really open communication with our clients – find out what they expect and what they want.”The duo completely remodeled the building, replacing all the windows, revamping the reception area and creating a “hang-out room” for families with multiple dogs, or those with sensitive issues.Veterinary services include small-animal medicine and surgery, an in-house laboratory, radiology and emergency. If a patient needs help after-hours, pet-owners may call the office to get the cell-phone number of whichever doctor is on-call that night, and she will see the pet as soon as needed.Ridgeview – named after the ridgeback dogs Weaver and Williams own – also offers boarding services. The veterinarians said they walk and play with all their “guests” at least three times per day, and more often if the animal is very young or very old. They said dogs that stay with them have an extra advantage in that they are being cared for by veterinarians.“We caught a dog with an ear infection in boarding already,” Williams said.Although its kennels opened in December, Ridgeview is now fully operational. The clinic will hold a grand opening from 1-5 p.m. Saturday offering self-guided tours, refreshments, door prizes and a chance to meet the famed ridgeback dogs. Friends of the Shelter and possibly another group will be on-site as well for an “adopt-a-thon.”Weaver and Williams said business so far has been “wonderful” and the community “welcoming” – and their husbands, who are along for the ride, they described as “very supportive.”In typical vet-speak, Williams added, “They’re good boys.”