Barbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak. Generations of animal owners piled into Roy’s Last Shot on Tuesday night to offer thanks and good bye wishes to Doc Joe Evans who has officially retired from his three decade veterinary practice.
Joe has treated thousands of Nederland and neighboring area pets and in doing so has become a much-loved member of the community.
He treated sick animals and sewed up injured animals and helped ease terminal patients with their passing, showing compassion to bereaved owners. Mountain residents love their animals and that love has been transferred to the man who kept them healthy.
As people gathered to enjoy the feast, they hugged Joe and wished him well. At the entrance, a long piece of pine wood and a bunch of Sharpies invited people to write a few words, creating a memento of a lifetime of much appreciated work.
“What a long, strange trip????”
“Thanks for all your gentle care of our creatures and good-hearted manner. Also for taking care of our children in an emergency.”
“Thanks for all love and friendship to us and our fuzzy kids for 30 years.”
“Thanks so much for saving Chip and taking care of our pets. You rock.”
“Enjoy the golden years and take lots of trips.”
“40 years, dozens of dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats and pigs are going to miss you.”
“You done it all and you done it good.”
Joe will continue to be a Ned Head, but will enjoy riding his horses into the wilderness areas of his backyard and trips to his houseboat on Lake Powell. He will also relish long walks and conversations with his five mastiffs who share his home and time.
It’s been a good, long journey and now it is time for Joe to just enjoy being part of the community he served for so many years.
(Originally published in the November 2, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)