Longtime Wilton veterinarian Kevin J. Craw snuggles with Piggy, his deaf and blind rescue Pug, from an old-fashioned wooden chair in his waiting room when a client slaps him on the arm of his white jacket. \u201cGood luck. Thank you for all you\u2019ve done,\u201d says the client, who has heard that Craw is retiring. After 42 \u201cwonderful\u201d years, Craw said, the practice he began at 114 Westport Road when he was 24 years old is closing. At the age of 66, he will continue to live in his house on the 3.5-acre property, with his wife Moira, who teaches piano there and has a following of her own, but because of zoning regulations, no new business will take over the vet\u2019s office out back, which has been operating as such since after World War II. \u201cNow it\u2019s time to make a change,\u201d Craw said last week in a letter to The Bulletin, announcing his retirement to the community. He plans on spending more time with grandchildren and vacationing in places like the New Jersey shore. His plans also include working on old cars and motorcycles. \u201cI love to fix things,\u201d he said, explaining that is what drew him to his work as a veterinarian. That, and the variety as a medical doctor of treating issues from skin rashes to broken bones. Only he did not practice medicine on people. He practiced gracious customer service with them. \u201cIf you don\u2019t take care of the people, you won\u2019t have any customers. You can\u2019t just take care of the animals,\u201d he said, after giving it some thought. Craw treated small animals, including cats, dogs, birds, snakes and turtles. He didn\u2019t handle farm animals such as horses and cows. His specialty was being an old-time, independent veterinarian. Nowadays there are national chains and corporate operations that offer animal medical services, and there is no shortage of competition. He realized it was time to pack it in after a dinner meeting with his staff workers last year. \u201cThey were working on my account, and I was working to keep their jobs going. It turns out they wanted to retire and they were wondering when I was going to retire,\u201d he said. They weaseled the information out of him, rather than ask him directly. \u201cDog rabies tags come 1,000 to a box, printed with our name and number. My receptionist asked me how many we would be needing,\u201d he said, referring to a resupply question. It was then that they knew they had come to the end of the line. The Wilton Chamber of Commerce wishes him the best in his retirement, \u201cHe was one of our charter members and a pleasure to work with,\u201d said Chamber executive director Debra Hanson. He is also a past president of the Wilton Kiwanis Club, as well as the YMCA board, and served on the former Wilton United Way a long time. He was a member of the board of the former Wilton Bank, and remains vice president of the Wilton Historical Society. \u201cI\u2019m keeping up with my activities. They tell me now that I\u2019m retired I can do even more,\u201d he said jokingly. Craw\u2019s word of advice to anyone interested in pursuing the veterinary profession is to start at the bottom. \u201cI started as a high school student, shoveling poop. I made $1 an hour,\u201d he said with a laugh.