Let the New Year Begin

Let the New Year Begin

 I gave myself a gift for the holidays and took a month off writing.  My best friend said I couldn’t write about all the stresses of COVID again for a while and I needed a break, but the text came in from my editor at 1:02am last night that he didn’t have a 1/5...

New Year’s 2021

New Year’s 2021

New Years is a big holiday for me! Not New Year’s Eve, that seems too much gluttony, excess and lateness for my age, but the start of a new year. A time to reflect on where we have been and where we and especially I am going. The whole staff will get together next...

Cat’s Night Before Christmas

Cat’s Night Before Christmas

A Cat’s Night Before Christmas (apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, wait did I hear a mouse? Among the stockings by the chimney did he dare, I mean, really? St Nicholas soon should...

The Holidays Vet Style

The Holidays Vet Style

While the holidays are a festive time for many, they are often a busy, sad time for veterinarians. On my Facebook vet list, practice owners were discussing whether to be off the day after Thanksgiving or not. Many said that they enjoyed the days off with family and...

Holiday Grieving

Holiday Grieving

I have been missing Ranger a lot lately. The staff suggested that it was because Facebook suggested a memory photo of Ranger sitting on Santa’s lap, but I think I missed him before that. The holidays are hard. There are always empty chairs around the table. Empty beds...

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents

It is Christmas time! It is also the season of Hanukkah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, Saturnalia, Bodhi Day and others according to Wikipedia. And while none of these should be known as the time of spending, it is fun to have an excuse to buy things for those we love....

Heartworms

Heartworms

The recent rains have produced swarms of mosquitos. Getting the pups out of the truck, I paused and slapped my arm. Three mosquitoes died from the single slap with two that had fresh blood. As I removed them from my arm, I thought it would be a banner year for...

Ticks

Ticks

After doing a bit of yard work, I am reminded that while ticks are not my favorite animal, they certainly are amazing. Like many animals, ticks start as an egg. The tick that hatches from the egg is a larva and only has six legs. Counting legs is one of the ways to...

Cat Friendly

Cat Friendly

I have been working with a new software to create new exam room videos. While I think the animation adds something to it, this is the text of one that I have been working on for the last few weeks. Cats are amazing creatures and they make wonderful pets, but there are...

Falconry

Falconry

I have a falcon on my head. It is training time for the birds of prey. Focus is an American Kestrel or sparrow hawk. It is her turn in my office and she is flying from the perch to the window and detoured to the top of my head. I think she is annoyed at me. Falconry...