Dr. Sandra Smith, of NW Wilderness Veterinary Service, Port Angeles, readies to do her duty as the 2009 Kiss the Pig contest winner at the Clallam County Fair. Submitted photo
One lucky local veterinarian again will have the unique opportunity to kiss a pig at the Clallam County Fair, courtesy of the 4-H Leaders’ Council. Last year’s “winner” and current spokesman Dr. Sandra Smith will be cheering on the new winner and giving advice in the challenging event of actually kissing the pig. For the next month, all participating veterinarians will have piggy banks in their offices to accept donations in their names. Several businesses in Port Angeles and Sequim will have display boards to allow you to vote for your favorite veterinarian. The vet with the most money donated in his or her name gets to kiss the pig in the swine/sheep arena at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. Unlike the pig depicted on the posters, this pig won’t be something a person would welcome. The money raised by the Kiss the Pig contest will go to provide year-end awards, scholarships to graduating seniors ($1,250 awarded last year) and help with costs of out-of-area 4-H teen events. Every 4-H graduating senior who applies for a scholarship and completes the year receives a scholarship. 4-H involves more than 800 county youths through programs such as traditional clubs and after school programs.
Veterinarians participating this year are:
Port Angeles Dr. Carmen Czachor, Family Veterinary Clinic, 3217 E. Mahogany St.; Dr. Sharon Jensen, Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 2972 Old Olympic Highway; Dr. Meg Gordon, Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 2972 Old Olympic Highway; Dr. Dennis Wilcox, Angeles Clinic for Animals, 160 Del Guzzi Drive; Dr. Andi Thomson, Angeles Clinic for Animals, 160 Del Guzzi Drive; Dr. Alex Norwacki, Angeles Clinic for Animals, 160 Del Guzzi Drive; Dr. Bob Mowbray, Olympic Veterinary Clinic, 1417 E. Front St.; and Dr. Dwight Waknitz, Olympic Veterinary Clinic, 1417 E. Front St.
Sequim Dr. Maya Bewig, Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St.; Dr. Jennifer Tavares, Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St.; Dr. Heather Short, Sequim Animal Hospital, 202 N. Seventh Ave.; Dr. Sarah Jane Owens, Sequim Animal Hospital, 202 N. Seventh Ave.; Dr. Melissa Smith, Country Care Vet Service, 51 Valley Center Place; Dr. Erick Splawn, Happy Valley Veterinary Services; Dr. Linda Allen, Pacific Northwest Veterinary Hospital, 289 W. Bell St.; and Dr. Toni Jensen, Pacific Northwest Veterinary Hospital, 289 W. Bell St. Kiss the Pig display boards taking donations for all the veterinarians are located at: Airport Garden Center, 2200 W. Edgewood Drive; Hartnagel Building Supply, 3111 Highway 101 East; and Leitz Farms Inc., 173 Mount Pleasant Road, all in Port Angeles. In Sequim, they’re at Co-op Farm & Garden, 216 E. Washington St.; Del’s Feed and Farm Supply, 990 E. Washington St.; and Sunny Farms Farm Store, 261461 Highway 101. For more information, call Gayle Taylor at 452-2925. Donations also are being accepted by mail — make check out to Clallam County 4-H Leaders’ Council, give the name of the veterinarian receiving your vote and send to G.P. Taylor, 2103 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles, WA 98363-1623.