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Captain, left, and Snowflake get to know each other at the Hancock Pet Clinic on May 4. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 2
Veterinarian Aaron Rokey gives medicine to a dog at the Hancock Pet Clinic May 4. Rokey is from Morris Veterinary Service. H and H Veterinary Service in Benson cared for pets during the May 3 portion of the clinic. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 2

First it was a look. Then it was a few small steps toward each other.

Finally, Captain and Snowflake were close enough to give each other a good sniff, like dogs do.

Captain, who is a three-year-old pointer mix, outweighed Snowflake by at least 35 pounds. But Snowflake is 17 years old. The dog simply allowed Captain to sniff her head. The two dogs met and, then, checked out the other dogs who were at the Hancock Pet Clinic Saturday morning, May 4.

The city had the annual clinic Friday evening when H and H Veterinary Service provided the staff and on Saturday morning when the Morris Veterinary Clinic provided the staff.

The city has sponsored the clinic for at least 20 years, city clerk Jodi Bedel said.

"It's a good opportunity for residents to get licenses for their pets," Bedel said. The annual license is $10. The veterinarians also charge for their services which can include rabies vaccinations and other shots.

"We sell 85 to 90 licenses a year," Bedel said. "It's great that residents take the responsibility to get the licenses for their pets."

The pet clinic is conducted inside the city fire hall. The big fire hall doors were open as people stood in line with their pets.

"She's very energetic today because she's around a bunch of other dogs," Lance Koehl said of his labrador Champ.

Champ lives on a farm. While she has neighbor dogs, "they don't come around much," Koehl said.

The pet clinic was Champ's chance to socialize.

Jeff Bryduck's two dogs, Baby and Teddy, were also at the clinic for licenses and shots but they didn't miss a chance to socialize.

The two quick-stepped it from the vehicle to fire hall gabbing all the way as they barked and woofed. The noise caught the attention of Peter Rodriguez's dog, Piper, a lab and German shepherd mix. The three dogs exchanged some barks and sniffs as the two men chatted.

A less social pet also arrived on Saturday morning.

Margaret Cunningham's cat Henrietta came from her farm to the clinic inside a pet carrier. "She's a privileged, aristocratic cat," Cunningham said of the cat.

Not bad for a cat who started outside as a barn cat.

"The last year my husband was alive, he took pity on her and made her into a house cat," Cunningham said.

Henrietta, or Henry for short, adjusted to the cushy life quite well, apparently. She's fussy about her excursions outside the house.

"She shot last year because she hid all day," Cunningham said.

Henrietta hid again his year but couldn't escape the grasp of Cunningham's great-grandson Ebon Peterson. "She was under the bed," Peterson said.

Henrietta whined in a meow after Cunningham placed the pet carrier on a table.

"Are you OK Henry?" Cunningham asked. The cat was fine even during her exam by the vet.

Snowflake and Captain also did OK during their visit with the vet.

Snowflake hadn't been to see a vet for some time, said Dorcella and Gary Hanson of Cyrus. Snowflake is Dorcella's dad's dog but they've been caring for it since her dad had a stroke four years ago. While dad chose Snowflake for the dog's name other family members have also named the dog.

"I call him Pooch," Gary Hanson said.

"I call him Popcorn," Dorcella Hanson said. "My neighbor calls him Neighbor."