Gently, I pointed out that he was making no sense at all, and guided the conversation back to my original reason for calling.
"This just serves as one more example, Arnie," I told him. "Quickie vaccine clinics, mail-order catalogs, 900-type phone lines,
etc., are all examples of our profession run amok."
"Uh-oh! Here it comes," he said. "You're getting back up on your high horse again aren't you? I guess you'll be writing another
column critical of 'alternative life styles' in our profession."
"That's right," I told him. "I see myself as the spokesperson (politically correct term) for sanity in veterinary practice,
and it seems to me that this would be a good time to speak out again."
"Why now, Mike?" he asked. "What makes this a good time to fan the flames?"
"Well, it has been months since the last time I openly criticized blatant marketing, online pharmacies, over-specialization
and vaccine clinics held in parking lots," I told him. "The death threats have all but stopped."
Dr. Obenski owns the Allentown Clinic for Cats in Allentown, Pa.