Growing up in Amery, we were used to the variety of doctors and other professionals that we saw nearly every day.
One veterinarian, Shirley Carver, ran a small and large animal practice, but she had another business on the side. One of her hobbies was taxidermy. She’d make anything from a mouse or rabbit to a dairy cow look as realistic as the day the animal died. People laughed about the Carver name, but she got used to the teasing. She had Mary Lou design a sign for her front yard where she lived east of Amery. The sign read:
Veterinary Services and Taxidermy–Bring in your cat or dog, and either way you get to bring it home.