Archive for September, 2010

Conflict Resolution

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I posted an article about conflict resolution on dvm360…

Conflict Resolution within the Veterinary Team:

Facilitating an Atmosphere of Respect

I wrote this article early last year.  Thus all the references to my awesome former coworkers!  It was written at the request of Banfield as a part of a leadership series they were doing.  The format of the Banfield Journal was changed, and this, the third of the three leadership articles I wrote focusing on interpersonal relationships, was not needed.  Soon after, I quit Oakview Banfield and started at Papillion Banfield.  Oh, the irony…

10/5/11  And now that very article is hanging on the wall in every exam room at Papillion Banfield as I start again at Gentle Doctor… *sigh*  Onward and upward, huh?

Pet Loss

Monday, September 27th, 2010

My newest article at Omaha.net deals with pet loss and grieving.  We have had eight healthy pets for almost two years now, so I decided it was well past time to write this one that has been wandering around in my head and heart for a very long time.

When I started writing it, my Fuzzy Rat became very sick, and I wrote the article while holding her on my lap and hand feeding her.  If you know me, you know that was a bit difficult.  Ha!  I was a wreck!  I feared at times that I was writing the article for myself, for here and now…

Dealing With Pet Loss:  On Loving Pets…and Losing Them

Fuzzy rallied and is doing wonderfully.  I suspect she had a severe inner ear infection.  She will be on medication for at least five more weeks, but should do great.

However, in the time it took me to write the article, I lost three dear patients, two of whom were family (the rats).  I dedicate this article to YOU and your wonderful pets and also to…

Kiki the Cockatiel♥

Miss Molly Rat♥

Molly, Rest in Peace

Miss Clarence♥

 

You were well loved by your wonderful families.  Your company was crucial and your absence is acutely felt.  You will be missed, friends.  I was blessed to have known you.

2010 Nebraska Humane Society Walk for the Animals

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Phil the Puppy – ready for the Walk!

The 2010 Nebraska Humane Society Walk for the Animals was a very fun event!  The Family Finch Dog Pack consisted of Russ, Jodi, Erika Workman (an honorary Finch) and me and our kids and dogs:  ours-Ebony the Lab Mix, Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy…and Phil!, Jodi’s-Taco the Belgian Malinois and Erika’s-Bella the Long-Haired Chihuahua.

We saw tons of gorgeous dogs and between us could identify all but one by breed (a BEAUTIFUL huge Great Dane shaped dog with tan and dark brown Mastiff-like markings).  We saw lots of friends and pet companies and rescue groups we love…

♥ ♥ ♥ Good to see you! ♥ ♥ ♥

Petsmart

Pug Partners of Nebraska

Little White Dog Rescue

Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue

Nebraska Border Collie Rescue

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska

Three Dog Bakery

Oxbow Animal Health

Hayneedle Pets

Last we heard, Nebraska Humane Society was very close to meeting their fund-raising goals for the day.  That will help so many pets!!  Thank you SO MUCH for supporting Family Finch and the Nebraska Humane Society!

Grown-ups Left to Right:  me, Erika (with Bella), Russ, Jodi, the other dogs:  Ebony, Joy, Phil (in the carrier!), Noodle, Taco

 

Joy, Ebony and Noodle in a calm moment

The Beautiful Bella Workman

Gorgeous Taco Dog

Ebony and Phil chat before the walk

And we’re off!  A beautiful walk around the outskirts of the Nebraska Humane Society campus

Riley and James

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Thought you would want to see pictures of the gorgeous dogs after whom this site is named!  They are my awesome brother and awesome SIL*’s dogs.  Cute as the pictures Dave drew of them for the website are, they do not do their beauty justice.  And they are just great dogs too.

So…Riley the Great Dane:and James the English Mastiff:*SIL = sister-in-law Sara Jean Nelson whom I love so much more than I can ever imagine loving a sister (AS MUCH as I love Cara, Jodi and Kristi – and that is A LOT!!), but who I still call SIL because I do not want to introduce her and her husband as “my sister and brother” :p

Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

This just in!  Actually, Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week started Sunday, September 19, so I am two days late getting this out, but I thought it was too important to miss!   What a fun lead in to Nebraska Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals this coming Sunday, September 26!  Check out Nebraska Humane Society’s “Special Needs Adoptions” section to meet Lilly, a beautiful cat looking for a forever home.

Being a typical vet (and pet lover in general, I suppose), our own home consists of a goofy assortment of rescues and randoms, none of whom I would trade for anything!  Hmm…I just realized all of our current rescues (Piggy the Guinea Pig, Ebony the Lab Mix, Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy) are black, which is sometimes a difficult color of pet to adopt out!  I think they are all absolutely gorgeous…I would have chosen them “on purpose” if I could have!

Joy The Puppy-You are right, Dr. V, black pets ARE more difficult to photograph, but when they turn out, the pictures are gorgeous!

Thank you “Be the Change for Pets” for letting me post this next part word-for-word! You can too if you would like to repost it on your website!

“This week is Petfinder.com‘s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, a week dedicated to spotlighting those pets that are most often overlooked in shelters.  It’s all about getting people to take a second glance — and give a second chance — to those pets whose only crime is being a little older, the “wrong” color, or otherwise “less adoptable” — but who have just as much love to give.

So BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets and I are taking up the cause for the next Be the Change Challenge!  We’re spreading the word about the many great adoptable pets who sit in shelters for weeks, months, and even years waiting for their forever home while the cute and cuddly kittens and puppies get snapped right up.

So who are these “less adoptable” pets?  According to a survey of Petfinder member shelters and rescues the hardest to adopt out pets are senior or older pets, those with health problems (even minor ones), victims of breed prejudice (like Pit Bulls), shy pets, and those that need to be only pets.  But that’s not all!  A lot of people overlook black and brindle dogs and cats as well.  (Not convinced?  Check Why Less Adoptable Pets Rule.)

So next time you or a friend are looking to adopt, give these pets a second chance, a little more time and you never know, a less adoptable pet might just be the purrr-fect pet adoption for you!

The last Be the Change Challenge raised over 50,000 lbs of pet food and supplies for pets in need.  Now let’s get together and raise the bar for less adoptable pets!”

What I am Doing This Week, Posting Fun Links – Artists for Hope, Generation Vet…

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I thought it would be fun to post links to some fun pet (and not pet) related things I have been reading or working on lately.  Check out as many as you have time for.  Add your own favorites in the comment section if you would like.   My Favorite Things seem very random when I write them out like this, but they make sense in my head!

♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫ These are a few of my favorite things ♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫

Artists for Hope You may remember me talking about this wonderful group here and in the Wuzzy Chronicles.  They just returned from another trip to Cazale, Haiti to visit the children and staff of The Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center, and to continue their work with local Haitian artists.

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Thank you Artists for Hope for the kind mention on your website! A veterinary blog and an artist/children’s welfare blog may seem like an odd combination, but in Real Life, it is a very natural fit!

Generation Vet has a thirteenth episode out.  I am still not over the fun of a veterinary comic strip.  It may seem strange to be such good friends with an imaginary veterinarian, but I LOVE Dr. Amanda Brown!

My Cat – My article on Omaha.net about Max the Cat is up.  He is THE best cat in the world.  If you and I are “real life” friends, you have probably met him, but if you have not, meet him here.

Next up on Omaha.net will be an article about dealing with pet loss.  As you know, I prefer writing about happy topics, but covering this subject is long overdue for me.  I think I have done it in a way that will be more helpful than depressing.  You will have to let me know when it comes out in a week or two.  Thank you Mom-Karen for the gentle nudging to address pet loss and grief.

Writing! I am LOVING working with Carefresh!  Still hoping to work with  My Favorite Dog and Cat Pet Food Company in the World and dvm360 (Here’s my Look At Me! blog post about twitter for veterinarians.  May be helpful for non-vets too.)

Being a Vet – I spent all last week at work (usually I work one day a week) and just loved it.  Wonderful staff, wonderful clients, wonderful patients.  This week I am back on Mom Duty (Haha, get it?  We are never off Mom Duty!) and have more time for writing.  And time for feeding Fuzzy Rat, who is still having vestibular (balance) issues.  I appreciate my pets providing me an endless supply of blogging material, but really, boring would be just fine!

Petchat and Dogtalk – One last fun link, in case you read this today…petchat and dogtalk are both tonight.  If you read this LATER than today, they are every Monday night!  Very fun, and I learn so much from other pet lovers.  They are both worth checking out!

My Small Tipsy Rat – I am going to go mix up some Critical Care and peanut butter, and spend some quality time with Fuzzy Rat.  Have a great week!

 

What I am Reading This Week – Big Important Books

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I have not reviewed a book from the Veterinary Economics Summer Reading List here for a while because I have apparently saved all of the big, huge books for last, and they are taking me FOREVER to read!  I am almost halfway done with the twenty-five books.  I am still having fun, and I am learning lots, but I may not have much to say for a while.  I will complete the list, but most likely not by the end of summer!

I found a cute star template weeks ago and have not gotten to use it yet.  So I will give you my input on a Book NOT on the list, you know, so I can use my stars…

Word of God – Five Stars!

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What I am Doing This Week, Dwelling on Construction Jobs and the Inner Ear of My Rat

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This week I am working much more than usual!  The kids are back in school full swing and starting fall activities.  Russ’ company (J.T. Builder’s, where he is a carpenter) is closing tomorrow, but he already has some leads on new career opportunities.  God always takes care of us.  I don’t suppose He will drop us now.  I love my crazy, busy life, but it is taking all of my writing time!

Also, I have been providing supportive care for Fuzzy Rat, who has been very sick.  Last week, she was so wobbly she could not walk or even hold food.  I have been bugging all of my poor veterinarian friends to help me come up with a differential diagnosis list that does not include “brain” or “cancer!”

She is on antibiotics and antiinflammatories, and responding well.  She even started walking yesterday!

Still could be bad, but I am hoping she is either dealing with a severe inner ear infection or idiopathic vestibular disease.  Idiopathic means “unknown cause” (same base word as “idiot” – ha!)  The vestibular system deals with balance.  Idiopathic Vestibular Disease is fairly common in dogs, so it would not be unheard of to occur in rats, though I have never dealt with it before.  It is basically a diagnosis of exclusion – if it is not something else, it may be Idiopathic Vestibular Disease.  In dogs, it has a good chance of resolution, so here’s hoping for Old Ratty Vestibular Disease!  I would never wish an ear infection on anyone, but I would be ok with that diagnosis too!

Get Well Really Soon Small Rat!