Your cat loves a clean toilet -- don't we all? Catster's singing Cat Lady, Sarah Donner, explains why.33
I am a professional traveler who spends his spare time working as a full-time veterinarian; contributing to Dogster and Catster; walking, cooking, camping, and exploring the outdoors; skiing (when conditions permit); and reading Booker-shortlisted novels. In between trips I live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area with my fiancée, Denise, and my canine pal Buster. My main veterinary interests are emergency and critical care, wellness, pain management, and promotion of the human-animal bond. I have contributed to and been the resident vet at Dogster and Catster since May 2005.
Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): Eric Barchas
Age: Too old, but it beats the alternative
Location: San Francisco
What I Do for a Living: Veterinarian
What I Do for Fun: Travel, camping, hiking, cooking, reading
The Furry Members of My Household Are: My pal Buster, a 7-year-old Lab mix
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Animal welfare matters
My Pet Peeve Is: People who don't pick up their dog's feces
My Guilty Pleasures Are: Beer, except I don't feel guilty.
How I Deal with Dog/Cat Hair: I just purchased 12 vacuum bags.
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A firefighter. Just kidding. A veterinarian.
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