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Dr. Logan King, Equine Veterinarian, and I are long time college friends. — which is surprising considering I forgot his name the first three, maybe four, times we met. Luckily I redeemed myself by remembering every other fact about him. He’s valedictorian of his high school, pre-vet, loves grindcore. …I even remembered the layout of his dorm, and that you pronounce his hometown, Lafeyette, GA, like a Southerner: “Luh’FAY-ut.” And if you pronounced it like a European, you’re bound to be corrected.
Logan will forever be one of the loudest people wherever he goes — and possibly one of the most hospitable. He’s one of those progressive, loud-mouthed, Southerners. There are more out there than some of you Yanks might believe.
–And oh the stories he’d tell us! When he first started vet school it was “I was elbow deep in this cow’s ass” this, and “you shoulda seen this bloody, puss-filled infection!” that.
Logan’s a naturally smiley kinda guy, but when he talked about doing vet stuff, his smile got even wider, his eyes twinkled, and, despite the subject matter, he radiated super-positive energy. Of all my friends in college, Logan was the most passionate about school.
These days, Dr. Logan King and I are heralded by our friends as the two guys who are doing what we love. We “made it.”
So, of course, I was super-stoked to photograph him in action during his morning rounds, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. He works in the greater McDonogh area of Georgia, which is in between Atlanta and Macon. Y’know, where the stereotypes live.
Our first stop was to see a bull who had a big, gross, bloody infection on his jaw.
Good news. The Bull’s wound was just an infection — “lumpy jaw” — not cancer.Stephen didn’t want to have to sell his breeding bull for beef. Our next stop was to The Powder Forest, horse boarding farm where Logan x-rayed one horse, Spider, with his portable x-ray machine — which he boastfully paid for in cash!
When I made this brush picture, everyone in the barn was like, “what in the world is he doing?” The Logan said something to the effect of “Matt’s a weird dude, haha! but trust me, he’s super talented.” That meant a lot. And the last stop of the day — at least for me — was to see a miniature donkey! how friggin’ cute! A week or so previous, his owner called a farrier to trim his hooves.
Afterwards, the little guy was walking a bit too tenderly for a bit too long. Dr. King’s prognosis? The cut might’ve been a bit too short, but nothing to worry about. The donkey was just not used to the new feeling just yet.