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Pictures of dogs and cheeseburgers.
I take the emergency exit row on a plane whenever I can get it. Who doesn’t, right? When the attendants come around and ask if you are willing and able to assist in the event of an emergency, I nod, but think to myself “My job ends once that door’s open then I’m outta here.” I’d like to think I would stick around and help carry out the elderly or infirm, but there is a deep and guilty part of me that thinks I wouldn’t. I would run away.
Running away is an easy way to deal with life. I run when I can because when the exit door’s open, it’s much easier than sticking around; trying to help, trying to change, trying to make things better. Easiest to leave and start over, when there’s a choice. And all I have to say to that is, I am not a good example of humanity and I know this.
When the horrific events of Boston unfolded today, I watched in dismay as did the rest of the world. Hours of “Who? Why?” over and over, 15 second Vine videos of the blast, screaming people running away. I turned it off after a bit. I, too, ran away. What were they going to say that made sense? Would someone step forward and say, “I did this, and this is why,” and that would somehow explain it? It was a horrific evil act regardless of the perpetrator’s identity or reasoning, and so I took a break from the nonstop onslaught of smoky images.
But I turned it back on later, to see if there was any new news. I saw that an eight year old died, a child the same age as my own, one who was likely there cheering on a loved one on a happy Patriot’s Day. And I held my head and turned away, but something in the images starting to come forward changed my mind, despite the despair, despite the urge to run from reality.
In the seconds after the blast, while confused runners and spectators were fleeing, I saw the first responders sprinting towards the victims. Knowing a second explosion had just hit and unsure if more explosions were coming, still, they ran towards those who needed them. I know a lot of these ‘Massholes’, as they call themselves. I grew up as one. I still drive like one. Massholes run towards.
I saw marathoners, who had planned this event for months and months, robbed in a moment of this happy journey, leave the course and continue running, towards the hospital to donate blood. Elite athletes are often accused of being selfish to the point of narcissism in their quest for glory. They, too, ran towards.
I saw other marathoners, paused on the roadside with their shirts off, tearing them into pieces to apply tourniquets to the victims. The one time I ran a marathon I couldn’t even remember my name by mile 23 and here they were, at the end, applying first aid knee to knee with spectators. All labels gone, just humans in the thick of things, compelled to run towards.
You may think you have your life on track and then without warning, reason, or explanation, it can derail in a second’s time, and until it happens, you have no idea of what kind of person you will be. And while there will always be crazy people and awful psychopaths and run of the mill jerks, I’m reminded of the fact that the reason we consider them sociopaths and villains is because most of us, yes, the vast majority of us, even those we don’t like or agree with most of the time, are good and want to support our fellow man, not drown him.
Not one of those people stopped to ask a victim, Romney or Obama?
Do you feed raw food or kibble?
Did you rescue your dog or buy a purebred?
Perspective is a precious gift we can find in the most wretched of circumstances. And on this day, I hope that if I ever find myself faced with a choice, I choose to run towards my fellow man.
Adorable Pugs kissing
Adorable Pugs kissing. Love you! Love you more!
I promise to not ramble on so much today. :)
Some of the other things I learned this past weekend from Suzanne Clothier were:
- The dogs are always telling you what their truth is. They can not lie.
- If a dog’s gaze orientation is constantly changing, they are unsure.
- Play is the first thing to stop if a dog is uncomfortable.
- It is very rare for a dog to not be food motivated – it is probably more stressed out than we think.
- Books worth reading – Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers, and The Invisible Gorilla
- Being in motion can help the recovery of a stressful situation
- You can decrease arousal by getting a dog to sit or down. – We use this all the time at the daycare, but I had always thought that putting them in a sit was just a way of getting them to stay in one place until they calmed down, not that the sitting itself was contributing to the calming. I wonder if that is what makes Stand Stays harder than down or sit stays?
- Attention or alertness is often the first shift in increasing arousal.
- Fine motor control isn’t as good when aroused (may notice this in the way they take cookies – while they can sometimes take them gently, as they get more excited they tend to be rougher)
- Arousal can narrow your focus so you may miss other things – that goes for the handler and the dog.
- If too aroused they’ll see threats in things that don’t exist.
- Be the Birthday Cake, not the Rice Cake! :)
- If they can’t sleep, they aren’t comfortable.
Question by ~~*Paradise Dreams*~~: When should I start flea prevention for my 10 week old Brittany?
We just brought her home on Friday. I love my little cutie, we have a vet appointment in a few days for second boosters, I was just wondering if anyone can tell me when I should start flea prevention. Is she too young? Thanks All!
Stephanie, you rock, girl. I had NO idea I could get it that inexpensively, I saw it at the pet supply store for 60 bucks!
Answer by Shanna
As far as I know, Frontline can be used that young. Your vet can tell you more, but it is good to start as soon as possible. Once they get infested it is near impossible to get rid of so get her treated as soon as it is safe.
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|Image from Halfstaff.org|
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
If you are wondering how to properly fly our American Flag at Half Staff, you can check out my previous post HERE.
YBD’s Notes 3: I find people who use tragic circumstances to further a personal agenda distasteful and even though I am a transplant, I just want to let the people of Boston know that I stand proud with you. And to that beat cop, “Maybe so. But I am here.”
Question by Marissa Q: How do I properly clean everything around me after getting rid of scabies?
I just found out a few hours ago that I have scabies. I am freaked out! I have a prescription for the lotion that you put on then keep it on for hours then wash it off. I am scared of it coming back after going through all that trouble. Do I need to wash everything? How do you get it? How can I keep from giving it to someone else? Please help. Please give me some insight on how to get rid of it for good!!!!
Answer by bella
Oh man! I have heard that stuff is bad. Well I know you are supposed to wash EVERYTHING. Other than that, not sure what else to tell ya. Good luck!!!
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There are lots of myths out there about feeding our dogs. I’ve had many conversations with clients, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians about the best way to feed our domesticated predators. You probably are reading this, hoping that I can shed light on the many confusing perspectives in canine nutrition. Besides, I’m a veterinarian that has been in practice for over thirty years and considers nutrition to be one of the best tools we have to treat or prevent medical problems. The truth is that there are more questions than answers, but I’ll go over the most important things that I have learned.
What I have learned over the past ten years is that some individual dogs need different ingredients for better health and food allergies are far more common than I used to think. Itchy skin, ear infections, nausea (eating grass and vomiting), diarrhea, and even seizures can be a sign that something in the food does not agree with your pet. Every dog can have the occasional itch, nausea, vomiting, or the runs from eating something they are not used to or allergic to. However, when the symptoms occur too frequently, or just don’t go away after treatment, then I always question if the ingredients may play a part. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, barley, or corn. Others may not tolerate beef or chicken in commercial dog food. Some dogs may be sensitive to additives or preservatives.
If your dog is suspected of having a food allergy, then you can try a limited ingredient diet. Taste of the Wild or its Kirkland alternative, salmon and potato diet has helped many dogs in my practice. Natural Balance limited ingredients also has duck/potato or fish potato that help others. Remember if you feed a healthier dog food; don’t forget to avoid treats containing the most common allergen wheat gluten. I have used baby carrots, sliced chicken or turkey hotdogs , or cooked and diced chicken as treats for training.
Don’t worry too much about adding healthy “human food” to a dog’s diet. If you want your dog to have a better coat, then you can add ingredients that contain healthy oils. For example, you may add olive oil(1 tbsp), fish oil capsules(1-2), an egg, raw or cooked chicken(4-8oz), canned herring(6-12 oz), or sardines(1 tin)to the diet. (Always try a small amount for a day or two to make sure that your pet can tolerate the ingredient!)The healthiest ingredients for dogs are meat, organ meat, fish, and eggs. Surprised grain or rice isn’t on the list? The ancestor of the dog rarely ate a helping of wheat, rice, barley, or corn. That is why those ingredients may be the most troublesome! (Beware: Many biscuits, dental chews, and pill pockets are wheat gluten based)
If you want your dog to lose a few pounds then you have to limit the amount of dry food. You can feed half as much dry food as usual and soak the remainder with warm water or combine with the same amount of green beans. You’ve just cut the calories in half! Canned food also has less calories then dry food and is just as nutritious. By the way, dry food probably does little for tartar. Dogs usually eat it way too fast! I recommend raw meaty bones or frozen chicken wings or thighs for dental health and joint nutrition. Baked and barbecued bones can be dangerous and dogs need to chew, not swallow larger bones. For dogs that like to gnaw on things, it’s a perfect way to keep teeth clean. I feed my dogs raw chicken wings or thighs every week. Yes…a vet said that!
If you want more information about feeding your dog, home cooking for your dog, or figuring out what your dog is allergic to, check out my website and books. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now
While you’re on the website, be sure to download my free PDF, “ Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies” .In the download, I talk about common problems and over-the-counter medications that you can use!
Remember, health starts in the bowl!
Greg Martinez DVM