KAPAA — It’s been 11 years in the making, and this afternoon a series following the Hawaii adventures of veterinarian Bartholomew Buckeye Bottoms is airing on NatGeo Wild.
The show, entitled “The Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms,” follows the mobile vet.
It’s the first of eight and Bottoms says it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.
“It’s intense,” he said.
Bottoms started his career as a veterinarian in Santa Cruz in 2006 and later started providing mobile vet services on Kauai and Maui. Though he’s based on Kauai’s eastside, he roams all over the island treating animals.
In March 2017, the first three segments of the show aired as a pilot-show, and were well received — enough to sign for a full eight episodes with NatGeo and to put months of production work on Bottoms’ plate.
In the first two episodes, Bottoms treats dogs, pigs, cattle, horses, donkeys, and alpaca goats all making appearances in clips like “Pig-Squeak,” “Off-Roading Vet,” “Pregnant Pygmy Goats” and “It’s Like Pulling Teeth.”
Other animals join the cast as the series moves on and Bottoms travels around the Hawaiian Islands visiting people at their homes and on their small farms.
“It’s a brief snipping of my life as a mobile vet in Maui and Kauai. I’ve been doing this for 13 or 14 years,” he said. “We’ve really made a good show. It’s beautiful looking and has funny characters and interesting storylines.”
Bottoms took over for Kauai’s Aloha Vet, Dr. Scott Sims when the renowned mobile vet died in 2015 after a two-month fight with bladder cancer. Sims also had a television series and was known as the Barefoot Veterinarian.
“I got a bunch of texts and emails the day Scott died and ended up moving over and helping fill part of that void,” Bottoms said.
He sees animals at their worst, he says, and sometimes Bottoms encounters abuse and neglect while he’s on the job.
That’s one of the reasons why he decided to do “The Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms” with NatGeo.
“Part of my goal for this show is to make people feel something, to teach them something and maybe give them a slightly different perspective on vet care and animal care,” he said.
Jessica Else, environmental reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.