Category Archives: Ranee

Drooling Doggie

Dr. Kostinas is an equine veterinarian in the Frederick area and she has a dog named Sirus. Sirus accompanies her mom on many of her farm calls and she sometimes finds herself getting into trouble. Thursday was one of those days.

Sirus was on a farm with her mom and was running and playing in the field as usual. When Dr Kostinas was ready to leave she called Sirus and noticed bloody drool coming from her mouth. Sirus would not permit her mom to look into her mouth so she rushed her to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital.

When she arrived, Ranee looked her over to see what was wrong. Her mom was afraid that Sirus had been kicked in the face by a horse, so Ranee was very gentle so as not to hurt Sirus. Ranee lifted her lips and examined her teeth looking for any fractures. Not finding anything, she examined the inside of her mouth and discovered the problem. Sirus had a stick lodged in the roof of her mouth between her upper premolars. Ranee grabbed a hemostat and within seconds, the stick was removed. Ranee checked for further damage and found none. The drooling ceased and Sirus and Dr Kostinas were relieved.

Sirus is back to normal and ready to assist on her next farm call.

Arthritis Walk Update

I just wanted to thank everyone who supported me in the Arthritis Walk. With your help, I was the top fundraiser in Hagerstown this year. I raised $548 that goes directly to the Arthritis Foundation for their programs. They even asked me to sit on the committee to plan the event next year.

Donna Morgan of Frederick was the winner of the Americana Drink Dispenser raffle.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket or made a donation to this worthy cause.

If you are or someone you love is affected by arthritis, there are many programs available to help. Visit for more information.

Our Mommy’s Walk for the Arthritis Foundation

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will get some form of arthritis?  Our Mommy, Ranee, one of the registered veterinary technicians at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, suffers from a form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis.  It is a chronic, painful, degenerative inflammatory arthritis primarily affecting the spine, sacroiliac joints, and the lower limbs.  It can even cause fusion of the spine.  This type of arthritis is an autoimmune spondyloarthropathy and has a probable genetic link.

We will be taking our Mommy to participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s 2008 Arthritis Walk in Hagerstown, MD on June 28th.  Please click here to visit her website to learn more, join her team or perhaps even make a contribution to this worthy cause.  Your generosity will ensure that the Arthritis Foundation will continue to lead the way toward prevention, control and cure of the number one cause of disability.

Thank you for your support!

Kylie & Cricket Baker