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Veterinarian sings "Howlelujah" to comfort puppy

Posted at 1:33 AM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 11:32:59-04

BOISE — Habitat Veterinary Hospital is taking extra precautions to keep their staff and pet owners safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those precautions includes making pet owners stay in their cars while an employee takes their animal inside.

For a 10-week-old mini Australian Sheppard, Atta, it would seem like getting her first round of puppy shots without her owner would be scary, but Dr. Steven Baker made sure that wasn't the case.

He serenaded Atta with a puppy version of 'Hallelujah' during her visit to keep her calm.

"I always keep my guitar with me, sometimes I'll play down by the river, and I know how soothing music can be for humans, so why not pets too?" said Baker.

He wrote the song himself, which included the lyrics, "Hallelujah, roll in poo, ya. Your puppy teeth are like barracuda."

"It's just for the love of the animals, every one of the staff here goes above and beyond for our animals," said Baker.

Atta's owner, Lois Hill, was nervous about sending Atta in for her first vet visit alone. But when the vet tech come out to her car to get Atta, the tech took extra time to make sure she was comfortable.

And when Hill saw what went on during the visit, all her worries went away.

"Oh, I was blown away. I thought it was so sweet that he brings his guitar to the office and then uses it to kind of soothe the animals, which I thought was amazing," said Hill.

To watch the video of Dr. Baker singing to Atta, click on this link.