Dr. Karen Hobbs

E-T Community Columnist

It amazes me that over the years, people will ask how we came up the clinic name Ark Veterinary Hospital. I get questions from people while they are standing in my reception area where Noah’s Ark figurines wallpaper, and huge pictures abound and they ask “So how did you come up with the name of this place? Are you from Arkansas?”

Or they will ask the receptionists if they can speak with Dr. Ark. Really?

Once it happened while meeting a gentleman after hours for an emergency. He asked why I named our clinic Ark.

I responded “Look around. Do any of these arks with animals coming out two by two ring a bell?”

He said “Uh, no. Not really.”

I then shared with him a very brief version of the great story of Noah in the Bible.

“Some would consider Noah to be the first vet of the Bible," I said. "So my husband and I thought this would be a clever name because we treat both large and small creatures. In addition, we love the fact that it has a Christian connotation.”

With a look of bewilderment he said “Ok” and went about his business.

Noah and the great flood is one of the earliest childhood Bible stories I can remember. I guess I just took for granted that everyone knows the story. (Being a preacher’s kid could make me a little bias.) Needless to say, I no longer assume that every day folks are familiar with these biblical stories. In fact, I remember watching a Jay Leno show where he took to the streets of New York during a promotion of the mini series “Noah’s Ark.”

Only 30 percent of those asked had ever heard the story. It saddens me to think there are so many people that haven’t heard The Word.

So the next time you see or hear reference to a burning bush, parting seas or Jonah and the whale - don’t assume that everyone is familiar. You might just get an opportunity to witness that day.

You know, the more I think about it “Dr. Ark” does have a nice ring to it.

Dr. Karen Hobbs is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She owns and operates a veterinary hospital in Stephenville along with her husband. She is a member of the Empire-Tribune's community columnists and can be reached at arkanimal@embarqmail.com.