Urban farm's duck pond water nourishes veggies

Urban farm's duck pond water nourishes veggies
… Leo the bunny. Indoors, a cat named David and four guinea pigs happily coexist. … In some ways, ducks are superior to chickens for urban farmers: They are quieter and don't scratch at grass, and they keep laying their eggs over a longer time span
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With special room, shelter cats can now call themselves lucky
Being healthy and giving the cats space to demonstrate their personalities — whether by napping, climbing or begging for someone to pet them — will hopefully make them more adoptable, Morgan said. More than 16,500 homeless dogs and cats from Roanoke
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Game of Phones: Hot new smartphone games
Here are the hottest new games that will scratch your gaming itch and take up a little – or a lot – of your time. 1. If you love … Play games, teach your pet tricks or just goof around and toss a ball for it to fetch, all while keeping your home's
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Restful dreams, Red King

I once worked in a very stressful place. It was an emergency hospital, always about 3 staff members short of a full crew and 25 people piled in the lobby waiting for treatment. It was a large staff of doctors, about 10 at the time, and as how things tend to happen in nutso environments the staff would get nutso a little bit as well. Stress does that to people.

You never sat still at that hospital; it was run run run, a dog bleeding out in room 1, a dyspneic cat gasping in room 2, five clients wanting updates on the phone. We didn’t catch up on things there so much as run as fast as you can so as not to fall further behind. The whole place had a surreal Through the Looking Glass feel to it, now that I think about it.

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In the midst of this chaos, one or two of the more enlightened veterinarians managed to float above it all. Dr. Naidus was one of them. Needles would be flying and people screaming and papers falling to the floor, and he would be solemnly nibbling on some healthy snack or another, surveying the scene with an amused glance before going back to whatever it was he was doing.

The interns and newer veterinarians such as myself were drawn to him like an acolyte to a guru, trying to figure out the secret of his zen-ness. He’d laugh and tell us when we were old we’d be too tired to get worked up over the small stuff too. (He was right.)

Clients loved him as much as we did. Every Christmas, when I considered myself lucky to get a hand soap from the rare client who could remember my name, baskets would start showing up in the treatment area with his name on it. Baskets and baskets and baskets. He always shared.

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Dr. Naidus got more gifts than the rest of us put together, including the owner and the boarded surgeon, and when we tried to figure out the secret of people loving him as much as they did it was simple: he gave them what they wanted. Treatment, or palliation if they didn’t want to pursue heroic measures. We were in an economically depressed area and people spent a lot of time confronted with estimates they couldn’t realistically afford.

He was always kind and understanding and worked with them based on what they could do. It wasn’t, as he kept reassuring us, rocket science. Be kind. Laugh, for goodness sake, it’s not that bad.

He took the same approach with the terrified interns, who were performing under a great deal of pressure without a lot of knowledge under their belts. We’d come up to him, all of us including him up to our eyeballs in paperwork, for advice or a ‘can you take a peek’ or ‘HELP!’ and he always did, with nary an eyeroll or a sigh or a ‘in a few minutes.’ In a place where people routinely lost their sanity trying to stay afloat, I never saw the guy lose his cool, like, ever. He surrounded himself with a bubble of laughter impervious to the anxiety around him. It rubbed off.

I worked with him only briefly, but have heard news of him through my friends who remained and considered him a dear friend. I knew he had been battling illness for a while, and had dealt with it with his characteristic humor. He did well for a very long time and went on to charm many more clients in the years since we sat side by side in that chaotic treatment area, watching the world swirl by.

In Through the Looking Glass, Alice happens upon the Red King, napping beneath a tree.

“He’s dreaming now,” said Tweedledee: “and what do you think he’s dreaming about?”

Alice said, “Nobody can guess that.”

“Why, about you!” Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. “And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?”

“Where I am now, of course,” said Alice.

“Not you!” Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. “You’d be nowhere.”

Dr. Naidus was very much this type of quiet force in many lives. I am sure he was greeted today by many pets he has helped over his long career, as they welcome him home. Perhaps he and Kevin are sharing a brew; it’s been a long journey. Life, what is it but a dream?


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Rest well, my friend. Thank you for being you.

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PS This is not the hospital I wrote about in this post. ;)

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Free Membership Special!

Free membership is being offered to the first two pet sitters to email PetsitUSA in Cleveland and Detroit!  New Hi-Res LogoMembership lasts for one year and will save you $ 45!


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Getting Greener

Compared to 2 weeks ago anyway.  The trees could still use some leaves.  But we are getting there!
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scabies??????

Question by michelle: scabies??????
A kid in my grade had scabies. What is it and how can I avoid getting it? Is it true that it’s the same as crabs?

Best answer:

Answer by J B
Yes – scabies are on your body, crabs are in your pubic area – one and the same. To avoid getting it, avoid skin to skin contact with an infected person.

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Love for Animals

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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FACEBOOK FAN SAYS SPOT’S STEW HELPED HER CAT GET BACK TO HER NORMAL SELF

cancatfoodHalo Facebook Fan, Stéphanie Lafleur, shared with us the story about her cat, Pigeon, and how Halo natural cat food has helped her heal. She says:

“Good morning. My husband and I would like to thank HALO for providing quality cat food. Our cat Pigeon (aka PG) suffered a severe inner ear infection last year and required surgery in both ears. After the surgery, she refused to eat for several weeks.

We kept offering her a cornucopia of wet food, which she refused. After offering over 10 different varieties, she finally selected Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken and Beef Recipe. Spot’s Stew helped her heal and get back to her normal self! Since then, she has refused to eat anything else because she loves Spot’s Stew so much. We really can’t thank you enough. Without HALO, she may not have made it through. I’ve attached some before-and-after pictures.”

Stephanie, thank you for sharing Pigeon’s story and we hope she continues to live a happy life!

Pigeon

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死亡事故への疑問

最近、美容外科での死亡事故のニュースを目にすることが多くなったように感じます。
病院の医療ミスで患者が死亡というニュースは一時期良く耳にしたものですし、心臓や脳などの大切な臓器に直接手術をするのですから、小さなミスが死亡につながるということは納得でき、同時にどこか仕方がないもののように感じていました。
ですが、美容外科では体の奥深くにまでメスを入れるわけでもなし、死亡事故なんて起こるものなのかしら?と不思議だったのです。

私自身、そろそろ顔のたるみやしわが気になってくる年頃です。
具体的な年齢は伏せさせていただきますが、いわゆるアラサーを通り越してアラフォーに至ろうとしている頃とだけ言わせていただきます。
世間的にはまだ若い方とはいえ、それでも年々衰えていくことに変わりはなく、このたびついにプチ整形を決意した次第です。
そこで色々なことを調べていたのですが、こういった悪いうわさが出てくるということはそれだけ美容整形を受けた人が多いということに他なりません。
死亡というあまりいいイメージのない言葉と、「美容整形 よかった」といういい言葉で調べてみたところ、後者の方が検索結果がはるかに多いということもわかりました。
分母が大きければ問題もそれだけ大きくなる、ということのようです。
ならば特に気にすることもないものと判断し、美容整形に踏み切ることにしました。

数ある美容整形外科の中でもどこがいいのか、まったくの初体験である私にはわかりません。
じっくりと検討した結果、術前の説明が丁寧でアフターケアがあり、さらに手術ごとに保証期間のある品川美容外科を選びカウンセリングを予約しました。
私は石橋を叩いて渡る主義ですので、これから受けようとしている美容整形手術について今後も調べられるだけ調べようと思っています。
そして、その結果を私のように美容整形について悩んでいる人と共有することができればと思いこのブログを立ち上げました。
整形のことで悩んでいる人の手助けができれば幸いです。

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Latest Infection News

Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus
But it all changed in 2013, when health experts found that sustained transmission of the chikungunya virus had occurred in the Caribbean, meaning people on the islands were starting to become infected by local mosquitos. Now the virus is widespread
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Peak time for kids' mouth infection
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Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection
DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi. The man, 53, was being treated in hospital, said Mahmudur …
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Pet Food Recall: Lamb Crunchy’s Dog Treats

The latest pet food recall as a result of salmonella risk is Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats.  The official FDA statement is posted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014 – Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Lamb CrunchySalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This product was distributed to CA, WI, CO, and WA. to the following distributors; Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply, and Independent Pet.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.


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