PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Long before veterinarian Dr. Patrick Kelly sees his first patient of the day, he's already attended to 71 of his own animals.
From the usual to the unusual, "You name it, we have it," said Dr. Kelly.
Each with their own name and personality. "When I look at these farm animals, and I see the affection they give to you, you just never imagine these critters could be so sweet."
And many owe their lives to Dr. Kelly. "Cheyenne got caught in some barbed wire. She had some very devastating injuries. It took 18 months to get here well, and now she's probably our fastest horse."
Thankfully, Dr. Kelly has some help from his four kids who all have assigned chores.
Dr. Kelly's wife, Carolynn, knows firsthand feeding a family of six is expensive. But that's not her most expensive grocery bill. "We have horse, peacock, dog, cat, bird food."
For Dr. Kelly, his wife and four children, living on their 23 acre farm in Port St. Lucie is a dream come true. "People say what are you going to do when you retire? And this is it. It doesn't get any better than this."