I’ve had lots going on in the past week, some interesting stuff, but just too many long days. By the time I get squared away, it’s time to hit the rack. I hope to be posting again this weekend.
There are several reasons for that, but the main thing is that your new puppy wants to be right with you. It’s pretty easy to step on him. When we picked Anna (our first family dog together), her breeders said, "Remember to do the Puppy Shuffle". Is that some kind of dance? No, it means […]
I’ve previously offered my thoughts on pets being hit by cars. "Oh, I can’t stand to see them penned up." Well, as Charlie Alnutt (Humphrey Bogart) says in "The African Queen", "You pays your money and you takes your choice." [Our high school English and Drama teacher, Mr. Joe Newman was fond of that saying, […]
In my last post, one might have a tendency to interpret my comments as being critical of the dog’s regular veterinarian. While I do think there is some lapse of logic in sending home a barrier collar instead of (or without) pain medicine, you have to consider this in light of the back-story. Don’t judge […]
Why not do something about it? My dentist friend tells me of patients who come to him with terribly painful dental problems, such as broken and abscessed teeth, that have gone untreated for weeks to months. When they tell him this, they add, "I just couldn’t stand the pain any longer." You might be thinking, […]
Many folks have heard that "chocolate is poisonous to pets". As far as that goes, if you eat a massive enough amount, it’s poisonous to people, too. Yes, yes, I hear you out there saying that chocolate is actually an essential nutrient, that you can’t live without it (or life isn’t worth living without chocolate, […]
Before I went to the Wild West Arts Convention, I was doing a hard cardio-vascular workout every day, and going to the gym twice a week to lift weights. When I returned, I came down with a bad bronchitis that lasted for a couple of weeks, more or less. I still didn’t have much wind […]
Sometimes that seems obvious. If a patient is having blood in the urine, you ought to examine a urine specimen. So the folks bring their baby in, and she takes a little walk outside with our top urine-catching technician, and back they come with a dandy sample. She’s emptied her bladder and you’ve got a […]
This is Lucy. You can easily see that she is a calico cat, so you know that she must be female (since it’s genetically sex-linked: all calico cats are girls). What you can’t see is that she’s only about one year old (she showed up at the owner’s home as a kitten one year ago). […]
Lots of summer birthdays in my family. I recently turned 54, as did my wife. One brother just turned 47 and the other will soon be 50. Mostly I’m glad to be here. Sometimes, though, this Dilbert cartoon speaks to me. Many happy returns of the day… to all of us.