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Sunday, September 21, 2008


After hearing an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), I immediately became a supporter of T. Boone Pickens. Though this tycoon man made most of his money in oil, he is now a staunch supporter, or rather leader, in the promotion and use of alternative and renewable energy sources. The gist of his plan is simple: stop using oil, start using wind power, solar power, and natural gas. It is imperative that the planet be weaned from the teats of the oil pits. Read about his plan here. While his focus appears to be on the US, it is evident that his wishes transcend North American and global borders. Please read more about the PickensPlan and sign up today. Follow link above.

Beautiful and functional. How cool is this?

Friday, September 19, 2008

"You must really love animals"...

is something I hear almost every day from clients. "What a happy/pleasant job you have." is also one I hear quite frequently.
Being a vet is more than just being able to get my face licked off by adorable puppies every day. While I love when this happens, it certainly does not occur frequently enough to call the profession "cute" or even "pleasant."
Being a vet is an enormously difficult, and oft-times a grueling job. Attempting to reach a diagnosis on patients who can't speak, long hours, dealing with unreasonable clients, can all make this job very challenging, sometimes frustrating, and emotionally draining. Being a vet is not easy, far from it.
These are things I did not learn in school. There were no classes that taught me how to deal with grieving clients, no classes called "profound grief 101", and no lessons to deal with demanding and unreasonable clients. These are all things I had to learn on the job. And boy, did I learn them. I must say without tooting my own horn, that these are the "classes" in which I got an "A+". I did get a few "Fs" along the way though.

Despite all of this, there are sufficient puppies, kittens, great clients, happy and proud moments, that make being a vet extremely rewarding. I try to focus on this aspect of the profession.

Cute. Definitely.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A tribute to a dog and her owner

A warm and caring person whom I know quite well and whose dog I saw for several years, had her dog euthanized after a lengthy, chronic illness. She cared greatly for her beloved pet, and was diligent and compliant in having all the necessary tests performed, and provided all the necessary treatments that were recommended to her.
When it came down to the dog not eating, she immediately had the dog seen by a specialist and hospitalized in hopes that the dog's condition would improve. Alas, no, it did not. Having loved and cared for her for many, many years, it was time to let her go. The owner was able to take a step back and look at things objectively, despite her deep love and affection for the dog. In this case, she was selfless, knowing what was right, and what was best for her dog. The selfish thing would have been to keep the dog alive for the sake of having her dog "alive." That is not living now, is it? True love for your pet includes knowing when it is time to say goodbye.
Otherwise, no matter how noble your actions are, you are thinking only of yourself, when it is not about you. We are their caregivers and when it comes down to suffering, their needs trump ours. Always.

Goodbye to a great dog. The tribute is to her and her owner "G.N."