This beautiful Groendale (Belgian Shepherd Dog) is another I met in the veterinary surgery the other day. She’s called Fidji and is 3 years old. She lives in Cap d’Ail. I love the beautiful sensitive faces of this breed.
Yesterday, I was working on a homework assignment for a course I am taking on pet loss and bereavement. I was reading about the guilt so much of us feel after losing a pet, and one of the exercises they recommend we do is imagine a conversation with our pet. I decided I would try this with Kekoa, as I struggled- like so many people do- with knowing if it was the right time to say goodbye to her last year as she dealt with bone cancer.
Me: Kekoa, I’m sorry.
Kekoa: I love you.
Me: I feel like maybe I let you go too soon.
Kekoa: I love you.
Me: Do you forgive me if I made the wrong choice?
Kekoa: I love you.
I kept waiting for her to say something else, but that was all she ever had to say. It’s been almost a year, which is hard to believe. February 10th. A Valentine’s Day with a massively broken heart.
But now, I can think of no better way to reflect on this anniversary than to be with all of you, my friends, who can all relate to the special sort of sorrow this kind of loss rains upon us. The first- and hopefully not last- online pet memorial candle lighting ceremony is tonight, February 5th, 6 pm PST. I will be joined by several wonderful friends and we are so honored to be sharing in this event together.
How to Participate:
This ceremony, and this hangout, is for you and all you find meaningful. I encourage you all to participate to whatever degree you wish.
If you like, you can watch the Hangout right here, no special account required.
(Crying along at home is fine, by the by. I wish we let ourselves do that more often.)
You can also watch the Hangout at the Google + Event page here. You do not need a Google account to do so, but there are two ways you can participate there that will require an account.
Share a memory: You can click on the Q & A button and write a memory of your pet.
Share a photo: You can post a picture of your pet by clicking on the camera icon next to the “say something” box. If all goes as planned, I can incorporate those into the ceremony too.
Tweet a memory: If you post on Twitter using the hashtag #petcandle, I should be able to incorporate those tweets into the ceremony as well.
Above all else I want people to feel included. This is a group-owned event. Feedback after the fact is welcome as well. If you’re not up to watching, we’ll be sending much love to you. And if you know of anyone who might want to watch, I would love it if you could share this with them.
Check out these Mites images:
House dust mites
Image by Gilles San Martin
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) aggregate.
More information about this behavior here :
Scale : mite length = 0.3 mm
Technical settings :
– focus stack of 57 images
– microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) on bellow
Image by karenandbrademerson
Info from the very nice Katleen Walker at Univ. of Arizona: "This is not actually a bug (insect), but a velvet mite (related to spiders). Most of the year they live hidden away, but just at the start of the monsoon season they emerge briefly in great numbers to reproduce. They are not harmful to humans, and I think they look charming." We think so too!
Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombium sp.)
Image by sankax
A Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombium sp.) on a stalk of grass.
Red velvet mites are members of the subphylum Chelicerata, a group of critters that have tiny lobster-like claws that serve as mouthparts (take a look original size to see them!), a feature that relates them closely to spiders, scorpions, and harvestmen.
Red velvet mites make their home in the litter layer of woodlands and forests. They live from one to several years, depending on the species. As larvae, they attach themselves to a variety of arthropods and feed parasitically. They will suck blood from a gnat or grasshopper, for instance, sometimes hitching a ride with several other mites. When red velvet mites become nymphs and then adults, they take to the soil to devour much smaller prey, including other mites and their eggs, the eggs of insects and snails, and primitive wingless insects. They do not bite humans, neither do they sting.
The presence of red velvet mites is extremely important to the environment. These mites are part of a community of soil arthropods that is critical in terms of rates of decomposition in woodlands and in maintaining the structure of the entire ecosystem. By feeding on insects that eat fungi and bacteria, they stimulate the decomposition process.
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro mounted on a Canon XTi, maxed out at 1:1.
Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects mainly large breeds of dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, and German Shepherds. There is a strong genetic link for dogs with hip dysplasia and their offspring.
When it comes to preventing hip dysplasia, researchers agree that only the careful breeding of a dog can help prevent this debilitating disease. Selective breeding of dogs with no known hip problems in their lineage can significantly reduce the chances of their offspring developing hip dysplasia. Breeding two dogs with no hip joint problems doesn’t always guarantee that the offspring will be free of hip dysplasia, but it usually results in a much lower rate of occurrence than if two dogs with poor hip joints were bred together.
If all dog breeders were responsible and only bred dogs with excellent hip joints, hip dysplasia would be much less likely to occur. And if people purchased only dogs and puppies whose parents and grandparents had no hip joint problems, then the majority of the troubles caused by hip dysplasia would be eliminated. If you’re contemplating buying a pet dog from a breeder, the best way to lower the possibility of choosing a dog that will develop hip dysplasia as it gets older is to examine the prevalence of hip dysplasia in the dog’s lineage. Also try to obtain information on the parents and grandparents going back as many generations as possible.
If the breed of dog you want is predisposed to the development of hip dysplasia, you need to be aware that inadequate nutrition, incorrect exercising, and increased body weight all contribute to the earlier onset and severity of hip dysplasia.
Before choosing a particular dog as a pet and loving companion, investigate its lineage for any diseases that the dog may be pre-disposed to. As the years progress and you and your dog have become close companions, the last thing you’ll want is the heartbreak of having to euthanize your pet because it’s suffering terribly from the debilitating pain of hip dysplasia.
When choosing your new pet check its lineage and be sure you’re not setting yourself up for disappointment and remorse in the future.
Find Out How To Help Your Dog If They Suffer From Hip Dysplasia
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In this adorable video, Teddy the English Bulldog gives his baby sister loving kisses ♥♥♥
This beautiful black German Shepherd dog is called Spade. He’s 8 years old. I met Spade by the English bookstall at the Kermesse in Monaco in November.
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