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Saratoga community raises funds for Jordan Klapp's robotic arm
Sometimes his parents have to wake up at night to scratch areas that itch. But the incurable muscle wasting disorder hasn't stopped the teenager from reaching an important milestone. On Thursday morning, guided by his service dog, Patriot, Klapp will
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Health Tip: Treating Poison Ivy
Use lukewarm soapy water to wash anything that may have touched the plant, including gardening tools, golf clubs, pet fur or pet leashes. Don't scratch the area, since doing so could lead to a skin infection. Don't rub or remove peeling skin. Soothe
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Exercising with your pooch can be fun — if you play it safe
METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you've had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way. Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just … Giving your pet some one-on-one time
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Tess

Tess is a pointer mix who had a very bad start in life.  She was put into a plastic bag, along with her three siblings, when she was less than a day old – and thrown into a rubbish bin.  Fortunately the puppies’ cries were heard by a kind lady who hand-reared the puppies.  Tess is now eight years old.
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House Dogs at Wolf Creek Farm

My new friends, Fitz and Jeb, from Wolf Creek Farm, last night’s awesome B&B in Ararat, VA. Next stop: HOME! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Dapper drake

Coming into his plumage:

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Velvet bucks

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Two bucks stand in an open pasture. One catches my scent and heads for the hill. The other doesn’t know what to do.


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MAMA CAT OF THREE ADDS ORPHANED KITTENS TO HER BROOD

potsdam-kittens-lgThe Postsdam Humane Society recently took in a stray pregnant cat. She soon gave birth to three kittens and, in a sad but heartwarming twist of fate, ending up caring for six little ones!

“She was a mom that was surrendered to us pregnant because she showed up as a stray to someone’s home and they could not give her the attention she and her kittens would need,” the Potsdam Humane Society, told Love Meow.

The mama cat and her kittens were doing great. Then, sadly, a few days later, humane society workers brought in more kittens who had been found in the road after their mother had been hit by a car nearby.

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Painting the Roses Red

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It’s pub day! The book is out at long last! I really hope you all enjoy it- All Dogs Go to Kevin has truly been a labor of love. (That link goes to my new website. Did I mention I have a new website? It’s been so busy around here I think I forgot.)

Last weekend I went to Warwicks to sign the preordered books. Brian and the kids were at ComicCon, so I went to Warwicks by myself. It was a short task, no more than 20 minutes, so I couldn’t figure out why I was so bummed about going alone, and then I realized ohhhh. It’s another one of those moments.

The thing I will miss most about my mom is not the big celebrations, the ones everyone goes to: holidays, book signings, that sort of thing. It’s the little celebrations, the moments no one else would think mattered, but she always did. If she were around, she would never have let me go alone. She’d go with me, we’d get lunch, then she’d talk me into shopping for a little while in downtown La Jolla. But she’s not here, so my twenty minute task was just that- 20 minutes in a little bookstore office with a Sharpie feeling terribly sad.

I’m trying not to let my sadness get in the way of being happy, but it’s so hard not to have her here. We have a series of white rosebushes in our backyard that bloom almost year-round, and I really like them because they remind me of my parents’ yard. Plus, it made it really easy to send random nosegays to teachers and the like since they were always blossoming, scattering white petals all over the grass like confetti. Mom loved them too, of course.

Brian- not so much. He’s been threatening to pull them since we moved in. He’s been talking about it again the last few weeks, and I made him promise to leave me at least one or two, for Mom, and he said, “OK.”

This afternoon he had someone come over to give us a quote for doing some of the backyard work. I peered through the window to make sure Brian saw me giving him the evil eye- not ALL the rosebushes, ok??- and I noticed something I had never seen before in all the time we’ve been here:

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Someone’s been painting the roses red.

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The roses stay, obvs.

It’s funny how the moments that impact are not the large and grandiose gestures, but the fleeting surprises that hit you like a much needed breeze. How I can be sad about a less than perfect rose in my garden when so many people in this world know nothing but weeds? Mom’s here in every sunset and every butterfly and her love feels no less potent for the lack of her physical presence.

It’s a beautiful day here in San Diego. The book is out and it’s my fourteenth wedding anniversary- a date traditionally marked by ivory but now the theme is “animals.” Mom sent flowers. How can I complain?

 

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans
Murray and her collaborators caught 19 coyotes in Edmonton and put GPS collars on them to track their location every three hours over an average of four months. They took note of the animals' age, sex and whether they had any signs of sarcoptic mange, …
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Yellowstone road at Craig Pass opens Thursday
A high-tech method for detecting disease in domestic cattle is helping researchers in Yellowstone National Park learn more about how sarcoptic mange effects gray wolf survival and behavior during the park's long, cold winters. For Paul Cross, a
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Jackson beer will benefit Jenny Lake improvements in Grand Teton
A high-tech method for detecting disease in domestic cattle is helping researchers in Yellowstone National Park learn more about how sarcoptic mange effects gray wolf survival and behavior during the park's long, cold winters. For Paul Cross, a
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The Big 5 of Vet Med: You know you’re a vet when….

If you have ever had the good fortune to go on safari, you know that everyone talks about the “Big 5″: rhino, lions, elephants, cape buffalo, and leopards. The term was coined by game hunters and refers to the difficulty in getting all 5 because of their ferocity when cornered, but now is mostly used by safari operators as a virtual checklist of animals one must see in order to consider it a successful outing.

When I was working on the book, I tried to pick out a combination of stories that laid the foundation for life in general practice. Along the way, I discovered some of the stories that I thought were so hysterical and weird has happened to EVERY SINGLE VET I know. Now that I’ve been out for a long enough period, my classmates and I can all nod our heads like the sage old people we’ve become and say yes, we’ve earned our stripes, done that.

So in honor of this, I present to you the Big 5: You know you’re a vet when edition. Once you’ve experienced the Big 5, you know you’ve made it.

1. The undercover detective dog

Dogs eating underwear is like the giraffe of the veterinary world: yeah, you see that everywhere. No big deal. The rare and treasured lion of the underwear eating world, on the other hand, is the dog who manages to not only eat something unpleasant, but bust a cheating boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse in the process. Dogs who poop out a red thong that doesn’t belong to the wife. Dogs who vomit up a condom wrapper. Interestingly enough, the dog is almost always the closer companion of the wronged party. They know. They always know.

Family picture of three lions. Taken in Masai Mara national park, southwest Kenya.

Family picture of three lions. Taken in Masai Mara national park, southwest Kenya.

Animal rating: lion. It’s messy, it gets your adrenaline going, and you are so glad you are in the car and not out there with the lion when they go in for the kill.

2. Involuntary nude client exam

No veterinarian wants to see a naked client. This is why we are veterinarians and not physicians. Nonetheless, with the MD shortage out there and the easy access to veterinarians, it is only a matter of time before a client tries to slip in a totally inappropriate question while you’re examining a pet, complete with stripping. In my case, it was a woman who pulled her shirt down and asked me to examine her breast. I consider myself lucky: a colleague once had a client ask her about hemorrhoids and was halfway to dropped trousers before she got him to stop.

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Animal rating: Leopard. It sneaks up on you. You can usually chase it away by yelling.

3. The accidental grope

Physical examinations are, by their nature, very hands on. Most clients get this, but on occasion there will come one who refuses to let their pet out of their protective embrace. Usually the pet in question is a small, heavily haired squirrelly dog. There is only so much you can do when a chihuahua is placed squarely in a woman’s bosom before getting an unintended handful of human. This can vary in embarrassment level from mildly mortifying to near criminal, depending on the client, the location of the pet, and their outfit. Lesson learned: any male clients in running shorts must place the pet on the table, no exceptions.

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Animal rating: elephant. Fine from a distance, dangerous up close.

4. The client who makes ass-umptions

I don’t think we spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with pet’s rear ends: anal glands, rectal exams, fecal exams are but a small part of the work we do- but for some reason some clients get it in their heads that 99% of our interactions with a pet is via their rectum. “Oh no!” they say, when we get the thermometer ready. “Gird yourself, Tommy!” etc etc. These same clients have a hard time believing that medications are administered in any manner other than per rectum. Here’s the kicker: You don’t get to check this item off your list until you’ve been asked about whether each of the following is administered in this manner: Advantage, dewormer, antibiotics, pills of any kind, chlorhexidine scrub.

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Animal rating: cape buffalo. Comes in herds. You never know what they’re thinking.

5. Face full of anal glands

You are a seasoned practitioner. You know all the tricks about how to angle your thumbs and cover your target area with a paper towel. You know to evaluate glands by feel, how to note the tell-tale pressure of an impacted gland that is prone to blow. It will never happen to you, you say. You are careful.

It will happen to you.

It will happen to you in a moment you let your guard down, when you’re looking over your shoulder to answer a question and the glands sense an opening. You won’t see it coming. One minute you’re chatting about someone’s tapazole refill, the next moment you’re standing over the eye flush station screaming for Altoids and crying. Two hours later, you will relay the story to your family at dinner with great relish, laughing while the waiter makes a moue of horror and rushes away as quickly as possible. Because that is how vets roll.

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Animal rating: rhino. A rare and memorable interaction you are unlikely to repeat but will talk about forever and ever.

How long does it take the average vet to complete the Big 5 Vet Safari? Did I miss any? I’m sure I did.

 

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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12 Cute Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy

12 Stylish Non-Maternity Dresses That Also Work for Pregnancy, via Bubby and Bean
1. Pink City Dress, Free People  //  2. Textured Stripe Swing Dress, Loft  // 3. Amaya Dress, Anthropologie  //  4. Crochet Bell-Sleeve Frock Dress, Ecote //  5. Swingout Shirtdress, Madewell  // 6. Striped Maxi Tank Dress, J.Crew  //  7. Printed Dress, Zara  //  8. Striped Dress, H&M  //  9. Organic Chunky Cowl Kaftan Dress, Gaia Conceptions  // 10. Hungarian Dress, Tree of Life  //  11. Striped Shift Dress, Gap //  12. Gypsiana Maxi Dress, Spell Designs

Little did I know while pregnant with Essley in the summer 2013 that I’d be back in pregnancy clothing just two summers later. I say ‘pregnancy clothing’ rather than maternity because I only had two actual maternity items last time (a pair of jeans and a striped top that I rarely wore), and I’m fairly confident that the same will hold true this time around. Clothing labeled ‘maternity’ is expensive man, and for me, I found that regular clothing items in larger sizes and/or more generous cuts were generally more flattering anyway. I lived in oversized tunics and leggings last time, and although I’ve worn my fair share of this combo already this time too (it turns out that what they say about showing earlier after your first is 100% true, y’all), I’ve been aching for some pieces that are different from this uniform of mine – mainly some cute dresses. I’ve also been playing around with new ways to wear the dresses that I already own to work for my growing bump (and growing butt, and growing boobs). After doing some digging online for inspiration, I realized that there are a lot of really lovely dresses that would work just as well for us pregnant ladies as for those who aren’t pregnant. The dresses you see above are some of my favorites. #3 (the Amaya Dress) is majorly calling my name – and it’s a piece that I could wear well beyond pregnancy. Win-win.

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