"A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died."
firmly believe that Stempy was a victim of VETERINARY
that resulted in his
preventable death at the hands of BAD vet
ANN THOMAS, DVM ~ RODEO DRIVE VETERINARY HOSPITAL ~ MESQUITE, TEXAS
visit our related websites in honor and in
memory of Stempy.
|Music is: The Way We
Meet Our Beloved Doggies
BLAST FROM THE PAST!
(recently found pictures!)
Greg and his first ever dog - Ginger, a Dachshund - circa 1976! WOW!
(Ginger passed away due to old age - circa 1979)
Fifi - beloved Teacup Poodle of Greg & his parents.
1980 - 1996
Died at 16 on Greg's chest in her sleep of old age & cancer.
Was friends with Muffy, who was 8 when Fifi passed away.
(We did not think any pictures existed of Fifi, so this was a GREAT find! - March 2008)
THEN: (MARCH 2005)
You know Stempy. This is his website. We loved him dearly and really miss him! Muffy, our female Lhasa Apso, passed away 10 days after Stempy, at the grand old age of 17 3/4, on October 10, 2005 - due to old age and cancer. We surely loved her dearly and miss her, too! Renay, our female Shih Tzu, was Stempy's best bud and partner in crime. She will be 7 in February 2006. She really misses Muffy and Stempy, but she is doing better now that she has three new playmates, Ditto, Echo, and Tempy. She is just starting to figure out that she has taken over being the "Queen Bee" of our doggies. She went from #3 on the totem pole to #1 in 11 days after Stempy and Muffy passed.
Below is a picture of Muffy & Stempy's gravesite
(Muffy is on the left; Stempy is on the right):
Below is a picture of Muffy's grave
(Rest in peace, Muffy. We love you & miss you!):
Below is a picture of Stempy's grave
(Stempy, know that we are pursuing justice for you....
so that you, too, can rest in peace. We love you & miss you!):
ABOVE: Cindy with Renay, Stempy, and Muffy at Christmas a few years ago....
ABOVE: Renay and Muffy - in the snow - Valentine's Day 2004
1988 - 2005
Below are a few more pictures of Muffy (she was the "Queen Bee"...it was just her and her Daddy,
Greg, until 1997, when Daddy met Mommy...Cindy. She was jealous of Cindy at first,
but soon grew to love her as her Mommy....Stempy came along a few months later in 1997.
WE LOVE YOU & MISS YOU MUFFY!
ABOVE: Muffy as a puppy in 1988.
ABOVE: Greg & Muffy - circa Christmas 1995
living room circa 2003.
ABOVE: Muffy in our backyard circa 2003.
ABOVE: Muffy - picture taken 11/30/2004.
MUFFY - We love you! We miss you so much!
February 10, 1988 - October 10, 2005
"The best doggie in the whole world!"
1997 - 2005
Below are a few more pictures of Stempy (he was the BOSS of all the other dogs or, as Cindy called him so fittingly, "Daddy's Little Deputy." He was his Daddy's constant shadow. He really loved his humans! There were SOOOO many things that made him special and one of a kind....it was NOT his time to go....
his "Dr. Bad Vet" MUST be held accountable....HE SHOULD STILL BE WITH US!!!)
WE LOVE YOU & MISS YOU STEMPY!
ABOVE: Stempy, June 30, 1998 about 3 weeks before his first birthday.
ABOVE: Stempy circa 1999 when he was about 2 years old.
ABOVE: Stempy after getting buzzed at the groomer circa 2001. This was the last time we ever let anyone else groom our dogs. Greg has done the grooming since.
ABOVE: Stempy on our back porch - circa 2003.
ABOVE: This is where Stempy usually chose to sleep....above his Daddy's head on the pillow in bed. That is his Daddy, Greg, in the bottom left corner of the picture
.....Greg really misses his little boy.
Above: Stempy - 6/3/2004 - On our front porch
ABOVE: Stempy - in the snow - Valentine's Day 2004
ABOVE: Cindy and Stempy - Christmas 2004
ABOVE: Stempy - 3/19/2005 - What an absolutely handsome boy....
ABOVE: STEMPY - We love you! We miss you so much!
July 17, 1997 - September 30, 2005
"The best little doggie there ever was!"
ABOVE: Cindy and Stempy about 3 or 4 years ago. (circa 2002)
Stempy was grimacing because Cindy was kissing him! (Ha!)
"Poo Poo Boy" was just one of the many loving nicknames that he would answer to.
Stempy was truly a once in a lifetime dog.
Losing him at only 8 years of age....part of us died that day.....
You should be ashamed of yourself Dr.Thomas. How do you look in the mirror? Seriously.
1999 - STILL WITH US.
Below are a few more pictures of Renay (her nickname is NayNay,
she has a real affinity for those tiny tennis balls!
She takes two to bed with her! She joined the family in 1999.):
ABOVE: Renay after getting buzzed at the groomer - CIRCA 2001.
ABOVE: Renay circa 2004.
ABOVE: Renay 6-2-06
ABOVE: Renay 8/9/2006
ABOVE: Renay & Greg - March 19, 2007
ABOVE: Renay - December 31, 2007.
ABOVE: Renay - 10/24/08
May 24, 2003 - still with us.
ABOVE: Tilly is our 3 year old Irish Setter. If you look closely,
you can see she is "smiling" in the picture above!
She is a clown! She is still with us.
BELOW: Here is another picture of Tilly.
ABOVE: This picture is from December 2004. You can see Stempy and Renay asleep behind Tilly. Our doggies are very loved and extremely spoiled!
ABOVE: Tilly 8/9/2006
ABOVE: Tilly - October 2006
ABOVE: Tilly - October 2006
ABOVE: Tilly - 10/24/08
We now have three new family members below who joined our family after Stempy and Muffy passed away.
8/8/2005 - still with us.
BELOW: Meet "Stempy's Ditto" or Ditto, as we call him. He was born August 8, 2005.
He is an AKC Shih Tzu from well known Shih Tzu breeder, Pat Fletcher - Karyon Shih Tzu, breeder of many champions. Stempy's breeder - the late Linda Council - Del La Rosa
Shih Tzu - was mentored by Ms. Fletcher. Stempy's father was AKC champion
Karyon Del La Rosa's Wonder. Stempy and Ditto are actually first cousins, one
time removed. It's uncanny how similar some of their personality quirks are. Ditto is
a little taller and a little longer than Stempy was, but not by much. Ditto weighs
in at 7lbs. Stempy was definitely much more "macho" than Ditto, but they are
both masters of the art of getting exactly what they want
Ditto's name really fits him. He is most definitely Stempy's Ditto.
ABOVE: Ditto - 10 weeks old.
ABOVE: Ditto - February 2006.
Ditto - 6/2/06.
ABOVE: Stempy's "DITTO" on his first birthday - August 8, 2006.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DITTO!!
ABOVE: Ditto - October 2006.
ABOVE: Ditto - October 2006.
ABOVE : Ditto - October 2006. Isn't he cute?
ABOVE : Ditto - December 31, 2007.
ABOVE 2 PICTURES: Awwww - sleepy Ditto - December 31, 2007.
ABOVE: Ditto - 10/24/08
August 12, 2006 - still with us.
BELOW: Meet "Muffy's Echo" or Echo, as we call her. She is an AKC Lhasa Apso. She was born August 12, 2005. She's not very fond of meeting new people, but she does love us. Lhasa's are naturally wary of strangers.
ABOVE: Echo - 9 weeks old.
ABOVE: Echo - February 2006.
ABOVE: Echo 6-2-06
ABOVE: Echo - 8-10-06
ABOVE: Muffy's "ECHO" two days before her first birthday on August 10, 2006.
Happy Birthday, Echo!
ABOVE: Echo - October 2006. Look at that innocent face!
ABOVE: Cindy and Echo - December 31, 2007.
ABOVE: Echo - 10/24/08
January 4, 2006 - still with us.
BELOW: Meet "O Tempy Be Stempy" or Tempy as we call him. He is the youngest
of the 3 new family members. He is an AKC champion sired male Shih Tzu,
reddish/gold & white, with a half black mask. He is also related to Stempy.....
1st cousins, three times removed. The relation is much more distant than Ditto's
relation. Tempy was supposed to be a small Shih Tzu like Stempy and Ditto.
While on the small end of the standard, Tempy did grow to be a full size Shih Tzu.
He currently weighs between 9 and 10 pounds and he is much taller
and longer than both Stempy and Ditto. He is extremely loving.
Cindy has nicknamed him 'Kissy Kissy Boy.'
ABOVE: Tempy - 8 weeks old- 2/27/06.
ABOVE: Tempy - Summer 2006.
ABOVE: Tempy 6-2-06
ABOVE: Tempy - 8/9/2006.
ABOVE: Tempy - 8/11/06.
ABOVE: Tempy with a ball in our backyard - October 2006
ABOVE: Tempy - October 2006. "Look at what I got!" -
He is lying on the couch "smiling" with a little plastic food bowl between his paws.
ABOVE: Tempy - October 2006. "Ahhhhhh, the life!!!!!"
ABOVE: 3 pictures - Tempy - 3/19/07
ABOVE: Tempy - December 31, 2007.
ABOVE: Tempy - December 31, 2007. Life is so tough!
ABOVE: Tempy - 10/24/08
ABOVE: Left to right: Renay, Ditto, and Tempy looking through the glass out the front door of our home in October 2006. Something on the ground sure had their attention....
ABOVE: Left to right: Tempy, Ditto, and Echo (with a toy) in our kitchen - October 2006.
ABOVE: Top to bottom: Tempy's butt, with Echo on top of him.
Then, Ditto, also getting in on the action.....
October 2006 - our living room.
Above: Left to right: Tempy, Renay (standing), Ditto, and Echo with their favorite blanket in our kitchen - October 2006. Life sure looks tough for these guys, don't you think?
ABOVE: Tilly, trying unsuccessfully, to get some "shut-eye" in her own little "safe haven" away from those pesky little doggies that just love to pester her. As you can see, Ditto had other ideas......October 2006.
ABOVE: Left to right: Tempy (standing) and Ditto (laying down) in our kitchen - October 2006.
These are more than "Our Doggies!" These are our much beloved family members! You can be sure that we are thoroughly scrutinizing our new veterinarian and will continue to do so forever more.
Stempy....we love you so....oh, how we miss you, little boy....and you, too, Muffy!
We are pursuing justice for Stempy in the hopes that we can warn others of our "Dr. Bad Vet" and hopefully spare someone else and their beloved pet the pain and misery we have endured and are continuing to endure.
FOR STEMPY - THE BEST LITTLE DOGGIE THERE EVER WAS!!
WE LOVE YOU. WE MISS YOU. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
2/10/1988 ~ MUFFY MUNSON ~ 10/10/2005
7/17/1997 ~ STEMPY MUNSON ~ 9/30/2005
...one day our family chain will link again.
The Way We Were
Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Mem’ries, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forgetThe way we were...
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember...
The way we were...
What happened to Stempy?
Stempy had a problem with bladder stones. This is a condition that needs to be monitored and managed. There is much more to managing this condition than just a diet change. (Read this at VeterinaryPartner.com to learn about Stempy's condition.) Stempy was already on a prescription diet from his previous vet due to a previous problem with stones. This was dealt with by his prior vet nonsurgically. We changed vets in the Fall of 2003 because we never saw the same vet twice at our old clinic. We wanted a vet who would get to know our dogs. It was then that we made the worst decision of our lives in our choice of a new vet.
Dr. Ann Thomas - Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka Rodeo Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral , Rodeo Drive Animal ) - was a solo practitioner close to home. We had started buying Stempy’s prescription diet from Dr. Thomas in September 2003. Since Dr. Thomas had never seen Stempy, she required us to provide his records from his previous veterinarian in order to dispense his prescription diet. (*-Note that in Stempy’s records from Dr. Thomas, she claims that his previous records contained no mention of his bladder stone history. If that is the case, then what in the world was she doing dispensing a prescription diet to Stempy without ever seeing him? Isn't that a failure to establish a vet/patient relationship?) Dr. Thomas sold us Stempy’s prescription diet several times before doctor and patient ever met.
met Dr. Thomas (aka
Ann K Thomas DVM Ann Thomas DVM Ann K. Thomas DVM Ann Thomas,
DVM Ann K. Thomas, DVM Ann K Thomas, DVM Dr. Ann K. Thomas, DVM
) , of
Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka
Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral
Rodeo Drive Animal ),
for the first time under adverse circumstances. In
November of 2003, Stempy had a urethral obstruction (Dr. Thomas and the
Texas Vet Board need to read and reread and STUDY this link on urethral obstruction
link on canine retrograde urohydropropulsion: a standard of care
caused by a bladder stone blocking his urethra. This is a medical
Of course, all we knew at the time is that Stempy
go pee and he was very uncomfortable. Dr. Thomas was able to wash the
obstruction back to his bladder. As she should, she took radiographs to
see the stone, and she did a urinalysis. Based on the urinalysis, she
changed his diet. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter to wait a few
days for a cystotomy to be performed. We informed Dr. Thomas of a few
seizure-like episodes Stempy had experienced in his past because we
were worried it would cause problems with his anesthesia. Dr. Thomas
responded to this information by saying, “Oh
Thomas denies this conversation ever occurred – we remember
vividly) Stempy had his cystotomy and recovered well from surgery.
Based on lab results, Dr. Thomas again changed Stempy’s diet.
Stempy had one additional urinalysis at one post surgical follow up
appointment that contradicted the lab results and her again changing
his diet. She paid no attention and should have changed his diet again,
but did not...she left him on a diet not even formulated for bladder
stones and had him on this wrong diet for the remainder of his life.
From our extensive research after Stempy’s death (also see Consider page of this website), we learned that Dr. Thomas did not follow proper protocol starting with this very first surgery. Dr. Thomas failed to take post surgical radiographs after the cystotomy to verify removal of all stones. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend quarterly urinalyses to monitor his urine. This is a MUST for bladder stone patients as many patients form new stones in the future. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend twice yearly radiographs. This is a MUST with the goal being to catch new stones forming while they are small enough to be removed non-surgically.
There were several opportunities to recommend a urinalysis or radiograph to us to monitor Stempy’s condition. Dr. Thomas never recommended anything. (See Timeline page of this website.)
In March of 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction. We were not sure that is what it was at the time. Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs to ensure her diagnosis. She again washed the stone back to the bladder to relieve the obstruction. A cystotomy was scheduled for the following week and Stempy was sent home wearing a catheter again. When we went to pick up Stempy post surgery, somehow the stone had magically disappeared, so no cystotomy was performed. We were never shown radiographs to back up Dr. Thomas’ claim. No future monitoring was recommended or performed.
In September 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction that unblocked itself just prior to going to see Dr. Thomas. Despite his prior history, Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs and failed to diagnose bladder stones, even though she was told he was obstructed and had been for a day until just prior to coming in. She said he just had elevated sperm in his urine and sent him home. This event right here is a FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE and is BELOW the standard of care ESPECIALLY with his PRIOR HISTORY of stones WITH THIS VET!
WHY, please tell us, WHY wouldn't you take an x-ray when you have just been told that he had been blocked for a full day AND that WE suspected stones again? Stempy had already had TWO prior episodes WITH HER. This is a MAJOR FAILURE on her part. She must have had an aversion to using her x-ray machine - was it outdated? Looking back on his care, we believe she purposely avoided using her x-ray machine multiple times - when any other vet would have AT LEAST recommended an x-ray! VIOLATION? We believe so. How could the Texas Vet Board just dismiss this case?.
ONLY TWO WEEKS LATER, Stempy again experienced a urethral obstruction from most likely the SAME STONE. FROM MOST LIKELY THE SAME STONE THAT FIRST OBSTRUCTED HIM BACK IN MARCH 2005! (Calcium Oxalate stones do NOT dissolve or just disappear - MAJOR FAILURE BY DR. THOMAS - INEXCUSABLE!) She AGAIN failed to take radiographs to confirm diagnosis, location, and amount. She FAILED to properly wash the stone back to the bladder and tried jamming the catheter in to push the stone back to the bladder. She stated in his records that she was unable to collect a urine specimen. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter and scheduled a cystotomy for the coming week.
How would she PASS a catheter and NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen? In fact, how did she relieve the distended bladder caused by the obstruction and yet NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen? As we now know, she had LODGED the catheter to the stone, so much so that she told us the she was unable to remove the catheter. So this begs the question: How did she relieve the distended bladder? There was no cystocentesis done. Did she damage his urethra with the very forceful - and unsuccessful - catheterization? The FAILURE to x-ray on this day is OUTRAGEOUS. Yet, the Texas Vet Board looks the other way.
Dr. Thomas ONLY had permission to perform a cystotomy - nothing else. She did NOT perform a cystotomy. She had lodged the catheter to the stone with the forceful catheterization she had performed. She was unable to remove the catheter. She told us that Stempy, himself, removed the catheter, although this is not what she wrote in his records.She performed an unauthorized procedure which she said was a perineal urethrostomy. This is not the procedure she performed, as admitted by the board. SO SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT SURGERY SHE PERFORMED? WAS SHE JUST MAKING STUFF UP AS SHE WENT ALONG? Her own vet tech stated she had NEVER performed that type of surgery before. She cut our little boy from his anus to his scrotum - a NINE cm incision - and NO NEW permanent or temporary opening was made - as would be expected with a urethrotomy or a urethrostomy. Remember - we had ONLY authorized a cystotomy. THAT'S IT. NOTHING ELSE. As previously mentioned, three days before this unauthorized surgery, Dr. Thomas had failed to wash the stone back to the bladder and had instead lodged the catheter to the stone. She would have known this if she would have taken a radiograph three days earlier when he was brought in. Instead, Stempy was either still obstructed for those three days or she had damaged his urethra and/or bladder when she attempted the forceful catheterization. Read this link on urethral obstruction and this link on canine retrograde urohydropropulsion: a standard of care again. Instead of referring us to a specialist, Dr. Thomas tried to fix her own screwup. If Stempy was in an emergency situation the day of surgery, then SHE is the one who put him there with her FAILURES three days earlier. INEXCUSABLE. Are these not violations? COME ON!!
Stempy was in extreme pain post surgery. We took him back to her EVERY DAY post surgery. Stempy was not eating and was only dribbling urine. She never properly examined him. She just kept changing his pain medicine. Then she gave us a tranquilizer with no pain killing abilities (Acepromazine) and led us to believe it was yet another pain killer. This tranquilizer lowers the seizure threshold and is not recommended for brachycephalic breeds.
Two days post surgery, Dr. Thomas’ clinic DENIED care to Stempy when his condition was deteriorating. The clinic stated that Stempy would be IN PAIN for 2 or 3 more days and then he would be fine and NOT to bring him in - YET they had just taken him completely OFF of painkillers! How INHUMANE is THAT? Violation? Evidently not in Texas.
The very next morning, three days post surgery….Stempy passed away. He was found unconscious and lifeless on his pillow. We rushed him to this vet to no avail.
It is our contention that Stempy passed away because of that unauthorized “surgery” that Dr. Thomas had NEVER performed before that would have NEVER have been needed had Dr. Thomas taken radiographs as needed and properly diagnosed and treated his condition. There is NO DOUBT in our minds that Dr. Thomas is 100% responsible for Stempy’s preventable death. Her attitude and failure to properly care for him those 3 days after his unauthorized surgery - to the point that the clinic DENIED Stempy care the night before he died - is deeply disturbing. Did she WANT Stempy to die?
She butchered our little boy!
(**NOTE: Dr. Thomas never recommended or performed any blood tests prior to ANY of the surgical procedures she performed. Check the Records.)
(Visit the Expert Opinion page of this website.)
Greg & Cindy Munson
(Visit all the various pages of this website for detailed information of the aforementioned events.)
Do you need to check the DISCIPLINARY RECORDS
of a Texas veterinarian?
If you only want PART of the story, with incomplete information, including many disciplined vets who are not even included in the list...
If you want MUCH MUCH MORE of
the story, with disciplinary information
that is actually USEFUL to Texas citizens...
MUFFY 2 CANDLES BURN STEMPY
In Memory of
the best doggie in the whole world!
February 10, 1988
October 10, 2005
Muffy, our beloved female Lhasa Apso, passed away due to old age and cancer 10 days after Stempy on October 10, 2005 at the grand old age of
17¾ years old.
She is dearly loved and dearly missed!
WE LOVE YOU, MUFFY!
Stempy was an AKC champion-sired
male Shih Tzu. He was only 8 years old. He was truly a once in a lifetime dog.
In our opinion, he had about half
of his life taken away from him due
to the negligent and substandard
care he received at the hands
of his vet. Unfortunately,
Stempy's veterinarian was:
ANN K. THOMAS, DVM
Rodeo Dr. Veterinary Hospital
In our opinion,
we think the DVM means:
Be sure to click the page links at the top of the page to learn all about the veterinary negligence that Stempy endured for 2 years because we were all-trusting of this vet. If only we had researched two years prior.....
You MUST do your research NOW
BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
No matter how great you "think" your vet may be, do not leave it to chance!NEVER BLINDLY
There is no 2nd chance for Stempy!
We miss you, little boy!
We will NOT let you die in vain!
TRUST YOUR VET!
Let us repeat that....
TRUST YOUR VET!
Things to do:
To check the disciplinary records of Texas vets:
To file a complaint against a veterinarian in Texas:
Visit other Vet Victims:
happened to Stempy? Here's a timeline...
|In our opinion, ANN K. THOMAS, DVM is an incompetent vet based on our experience with her and we would NEVER, under any circumstances, recommend her to anybody with a pet!|
|In our opinion, Stempy is also a victim of the TEXAS STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS' complaint system that is supposed to PROTECT OUR PETS, but, instead, may very well be protecting GUILTY VETS! Approximately 90% of ALL consumer complaints filed in Texas against veterinarians are DISMISSED as no violation found!|
|Notice: The material presented on each page of this website consists solely of the opinions, observations, interpretations, & personal experiences of Greg & Cindy Munson, co-authors of this website, & should be considered in that context. Also included on this website are text copies of material submitted to and received from the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, along with copies of the medical records, as received by Greg & Cindy Munson via facsimile, from Ann K. Thomas, DVM.|
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