Pet of the week. We are absolutely heartbroken over my friend Dr. Mike Ramieri passing away suddenly this week.
Dr. Mike Ramieri from advanced veterinary care teamed up with me almost 4 years ago to start helping rescued pets find their new loving families, with adopt a pet of the week. Mike built his business from the ground up, getting called into work often in the middle of the night to save pets.
The first two years I knew him, we always joked that his eyes were always bloodshot because he kept getting called into work in the wee hours of mornings, helping pets and their families through emergencies. He worked nonstop around the clock, fueled by his family, and passion. Advanced veterinary care, powered by Mike’s vision, went from a former blockbuster store building to a gorgeous veterinary care facility. They started from the ground up, and now have 16,000 patients!
I’m forever grateful that my friend Dr. Mike Ramieri over the past year has also been a wonderful mentor to one of awesome girlfriend Megan’s awesome Daugther, Hailey, who herself is an aspiring vet. Becoming a veterinarian is not an easy process. That career will take years of school, high grades, and so much dedication. Mike was so eager to help mentor Hailey. He gave her phenomenal behind the scenes insight, on how to become a vet, and how to build your own clinic. He also let Hailey shadow him during surgeries! When we were out to dinner with Mike, Meg and Hailey, I thanked Mike and told him for her, this was like meeting Ed Sheeran. Fitting, since both Ed and Mike are forever Rockstars. Mike and Terri had me, Meg and the girls over for their 4TH of July cookout pool party, and we had such an amazing time with them and they’re wonderful friends.
With our adopt a pet of the week, we have helped over 175 rescued pets in just under 4 years. We will still help our next rescued pets, I know that is what my friend Mike would have wanted. Mike was always so caring, for animals, and especially for people. His calming, soothing voice and often hilarious sense of humor always perked us up.
We could use him now.
Thoughts, condolences, and every ounce of positive energy we can send to Terri, and their kids. Rest in peace, our dear friend Mike. Your spirit and influence will be with us forever.
P.S…Are you rocking out with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell up there? I bet you are. Rockstar.