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Brothers and sisters can often fight like cats and dogs but not Heather Burgess and Ben Woodbrey of Orono. They fight for cats and dogs, instead. The siblings work side-by-side, five days a week, at the Hampden Veterinary Clinic where they are committed to improving the lives of family pets and the communities in which these animals live.

“If you’re having a bad day and there’s a cute, fluffy dog, you can’t be upset at that. It’s impossible,” said Woodbrey.

“I agree 100 percent,” said Burgess.

With a five-year age difference between the two of them, the siblings said they didn’t have much in common growing up. In fact, they barely hung around one another unless they were helping out their mom and dad.

“They had convenience stores while we were kids, so they always worked together and we were always together in the store with them,” said Burgess.

Seeing their parents work in tandem gave big sis Heather the idea that maybe she and her brother could duplicate that type of teamwork at the vet clinic when an opening became available at the office a few years ago.

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