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Julie Block


 Hello!  I’m Julie, the head receptionist here at Four Lakes.  I’m new here (2019 hire), but have been in the animal field for the past 9 years and love it!  I definitely didn’t envision myself in this field a number of years ago, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Life has a funny way of not going the way you think it will!

We had a cat briefly when I was a child, and aside from a few goldfish I’d win at local fairs, animals weren’t a part of my life until my late 20’s, and boy did I ever have to be talked into it! We got a puppy, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who I named Ginger, and she changed my life. Because of her, I developed a growing interest in animal rights and animal cruelty issues, became a vegetarian, and ultimately lead to a major career change.  I have a degree in Mass Communication (I wanted to work for MTV!), and after working for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and then 10 years working for Verizon Wireless, I landed a job at a busy animal ER/specialty practice. I entered that job with very little experience; I’d write down all the medical terminology I’d hear during rounds on a spreadsheet to look up later, and was fascinated to read the reports of how the doctors “fixed” the patients.  I’d finally found my passion.

I live with my fiance and our two dogs, Lola, a Great Dane, and Dash, a Jack Russell Terrier.  We’re excited to have purchased a home in Cottage Grove and now have a big fenced in yard for the dogs!  In my spare time I like to hit up the various dog parks with the pups, try out new restaurants, and squeeze in as many naps as possible.