One vet has captured the internet’s heart with adorable videos featuring him singing to animals. However, it turns out music isn’t his only talent. Because when he recently filmed new footage for his YouTube channel, he cracked his fans up.
Ross Henderson comes from Littleton, Colorado, and the 28-year-old has two very specific passions in life. Because as well as being a qualified veterinarian, he is also a singer-songwriter. In fact, Henderson has played concerts at home and across the pond in Edinburgh, Scotland.
However, when the time came, Henderson chose to follow his father and brother into the family business. So now, all three of them are vets practicing at the Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, CO. But while a passion for animals seems to run in the family, musical aptitude does not.
According to Henderson, the closest his dad has got to learning an instrument is playing the Rock Band video game. Furthermore, his brother gave up the guitar after discovering he was allergic to nickel. So when it comes to music, Henderson pretty much has the monopoly.
What’s more, Henderson loves nothing more than sharing his love of singing with his colleagues in the veterinary practice. In fact, staff at the clinic have grown used to him singing to the animals in his care. And the furry patients seem to respond well to his talents, too.
“My guitar lives here now,” Henderson told The Dodo in May 2017. “A lot of pets have never been to a veterinary hospital before, so anything we can do to love on them is good — especially considering how much love they give to us.”
As a result, Henderson became known as “the world’s most popular singing veterinarian.” And then, in April 2017, a video from inside the Fox Hollow Animal Hospital took the internet by storm.
In the adorable video, the vet sings a rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Listening intently is a dog called Ruby, who was nervous ahead of surgery. But upon hearing Henderson’s singing, the pooch began to relax. It seems his crooning was just the pre-operative medicine she needed.
Unsurprisingly, the video has gone on to melt hearts around the globe. In fact, since staff at the animal hospital posted it online in April 2017 over 9,000 people have shared the footage. Countless others, meanwhile, have left cooing comments on Facebook.
And people weren’t just swooning over the vet’s music, either. Some social media users declared their admiration for Henderson himself. “This is the kind of man I will marry one day,” one lady wrote. And another took a more direct approach, asking, “Dr. Ross are you single?”
And as if Henderson couldn’t get any more popular, a video from February 2017 showed that not only was he kind, musical and swoon-worthy, but he had a sense of humor too. The video was called “Tip of the Week (massaging your dog’s head)” and it had viewers in stitches.
“So, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to obtain a dog,” Henderson advises in the opening moments of the YouTube video. “Preferably we do that legally or with permission. Any dog will do,” he adds, helpfully.
Somehow managing to keep a straight face, he then tells his audience to consider using some massage tools. “I don’t mean things like pliers or screwdrivers because that would hurt the dog,” he adds. “It would also hurt my soul. Instead, we’re talking about things like this,” Henderson says, hold up a head massager.
He then proceeds to rub the dog’s head with his “tool.” And at his touch, the animal relaxes and soon emits a gigantic yawn which, according to Henderson, “Means you’re doing a really good job.” Another tool Henderson advocates is a stubbly chin, which he says is great for scratching pets.
Henderson then goes on to discuss the benefits of “surprise messages.” And he adds that the same rules apply to cats. “Cats respond almost as well to tools, like how we chatted before,” he revealed. “But we use the other side to massage cats.”
Next, Henderson addresses the problem of height differences between owners and pets. “Getting them elevated can really facilitate the process and make them feel more comfortable,” he reveals. Then, showing off another of his techniques, he adds, “I call this one the behind-the-back-chin-scratch-extraordinaire.”
With that last gem of wisdom, Henderson draws his hilarious video to a close. And it didn’t take long for his followers to tune in. As a result, before long the footage had drawn in over 15,000 views.
Soon, Henderson’s fans began dissecting his monologue’s funniest moments in the comment section. “Obtain a dog? Any dog would do? Hahahhahahahahahaha! I love people like this one,” wrote one.
Another jokingly enquired, “Doctor Ross, this is an interesting video. I have tried obtaining a dog, a cat and even a tortoise but they all ran off when I approached wielding the tool. Do these techniques also work on pedigree gerbils?”
It’s easy to see why Dr. Henderson is fast becoming a fan favorite online. Not only can he heal animals, but he can make people laugh too. And with all his talents, this surely won’t be the last we’ve heard of the “the world’s most popular singing veterinarian.”