Dr Lorie Huston, a veterinarian, award-winning writer, blogger, and social media consultant, passed away this morning in her home state of Nebraska. She was a gentle and compassionate animal lover I was lucky enough to have befriended as our paths criss-crossed over the last few years.
Lorie published her own blog, The Pet Health Care Gazette, and maintained two pet health care websites, Canine Health Care Corner and Feline Health Care Corner. She was also featured at Examiner.com as the National Pet Health Examiner and wrote a weekly cat column for PetMD — all while working as a vet at Hoffman Veterinary Clinic in Providence, Rhode Island. And, she was president of the Cat Writers Association.
Lorie received many awards for her work, one of the most recent of which was the Winn Feline Media Appreciation Award, which was created to thank journalists who support and promote awareness of feline health.
Lorie leaves behind six cats — Lilly, Midge, Rusty, Dillon, Rhette, and Merlin — most were rescues. Lilly is a tripod who, as a kitten, was mauled by a dog. Lorie made the decision to try to save her rather than euthanize her. Despite her early trauma, Lilly grew up to be laid back, very sweet, and able to get around as well and her four-legged counterparts. Dillon, Rhette, and Merlin were abandoned at her clinic. Rusty was brought to her for treatment by an animal control officer, and after curing him, Lorie gave him a home.
Each of her cats’ stories illustrates Lorie’s huge heart and passion for animals. She touched the lives of many and will be sorely missed. More than one of my colleagues has expressed the sentiment, “I wish I could be more like Lorie.” The world would be a better place if that were so.