Bob Delp, heavyset and gruff, is perched at the end of a twin-sized bed in a hotel-room-turned animal clinic. It’s dimly lit; a small table covered with a white towel occupies the room’s center. Mamma Bear, a German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix, sits on the floor next to Delp, nuzzling her caramel-brown face against his leg. No way she’s hopping up on that table. Dr. Cherri Trusheim kneels down to meet the dog’s gaze.
“Do you want a treat?” she asked.
Mamma Bear replies politely in the affirmative, calmly lifting her paw.