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Photo Courtesy Of Adobe Animal Hospital Just in time for Christmas, Dr. Chrissy Metzger joins Adobe Animal Hospital's veterinarian staff.

There’s a new doc in town, cultivated canines on the scent of a good deal and lots of opportunities to save and give, give, give. We’re keeping your …




It’s an early Christmas …

for Adobe Animal Hospital’s new location at 4470 El Camino Real, which recently gifted itself with a new veterinarian for the holidays – Chrissy Metzger, DVM.

As a general practitioner at Adobe, Metzger treats dogs, cats and exotic pets, including rabbits, ferrets and birds. This is a second career for the 43-year-old, who originally graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked in industrial and fine-art design for seven years.

“Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by animals – their beauty, their ability to adapt and survive,” Metzger said. “I made a decision to leave the design world, follow my true passion and return to school.”

Metzger isn’t the only one who has learned to adapt.

“We wanted to hire a vet who is flexible and can jump into all kinds of situations we regularly encounter at the hospital,” said Adobe managing partner Brian Maxwell, DVM.

Since moving to its expanded location in August, the animal hospital has experienced a steady increase in new appointments and emergencies, according to Adobe spokeswoman Shelly Gordon. Gordon said the hospital expects to add another veterinarian after the New Year.

Being surrounded by animals isn’t anything new for Metzger, who earned her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

“We had 10 animals in the house at any given time, not including the horse and some barn cats we snuck in at night,” she said.

Today, Metzger shares her home in San Carlos with husband, David, and their two children.


And Christmas gifts for animals …

will be available at Humane Society Silicon Valley’s second annual Holiday “Animal Arts” Craft Faire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the society’s Animal Community Center, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas.

Several vendors will offer animal-themed arts-and-crafts items: pink, faux-diamond-studded collars for Butch, your on-the-job Doberman security-guard dog at the e-waste junkyard; totes, purses and bags for the Saint Bernard in your life that already has a thousand keg barrels to his name – empty keg barrels, by the way; and holiday cards for the chummy Chihuahua who’d like to share holiday best wishes with Tinkerbell Hilton, Bit Bit and Yoda.

Best of all, pets can pose for a picture with Santa Paws.

“The holiday season is a time we honor and cherish the ones we love,” said Los Altos resident Carol Novello, Humane Society president. “With all the unconditional love our pets give us every day, we think this is a perfect time to give a little something back to them.”

And there’ll be plenty of presents for people, including local artist Sonya Paz’s holiday ornaments, watches, scarves, necklaces, magnets and other animal-themed gifts – a portion of which help animals at the society – holiday music, treats and adoptable cats, dogs and rabbits. No reindeer – Santa scooped them.


Someone is giving Santa ...

a break, as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage launches its 24th annual Toys for Tots campaign and Operation: One Warm Coat collection.

Offices from Sacramento to San Jose, including Los Altos’ San Antonio Road branch, will accept new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, mittens, towels and blankets through Dec. 17.

Coldwell works in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, which has distributed more than 400 million toys to 188 million children in need across the nation since 1947.

Toys for Tots is a wonderful highlight of the holiday season, said Rick Turley, Coldwell Banker’s president.

“Each year, our agents and staff spend weeks collecting toy donations from their clients knowing they will bring smiles to the faces of needy children,” Turley said.

And take a load off Santa’s sleigh.

Clothing donations will be sent to local organizations to benefit those in need. This is a good thing, because most business offices and organizations don’t have chimneys for Santa.


The new year …

will signal the end of an era for GW of Los Altos at 251 Main St., according to store manager Rose Montevaldo – although she actually expected to be vacated before now from downtown’s digs.

Readers may remember the late-July exclusive announcement from Deep Nose – and the for-lease signs in the windows – that the store would relocate to a larger facility in October after seven years at its current location.

The latest, late-breaking news from Deep Nose – GW of Los Altos is still there.

“Slap me silly and tickle my tummy,” Nose said from a hole in the ground. “That means I can still get good deals in one of the 23 shopping days left before Christmas.”

That’s certainly what Montevaldo wants everyone to know.

“We have since decided to stay until the end of the year and are still looking for a larger Los Altos location,” she said. “We want to make sure that people don’t think we’re gone.”

And just in case GW decides to extend its stay beyond the end of the year, the Nose will be camped at 251 to deliver next year’s New Year’s exclusive.

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