Archive for October, 2010

What I am Reading this Week – The Same Big Important Books

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I am reading through Veterinary Economic’s Summer Reading List.  Ha, very funny Veterinary Economics!  This is not summer reading!  This pile of books is taller than Wuzzy Rat!  At least the Bible in a Year gives me, you know, a year.  From the “summer” list, I am currently reading Collapse, by Jared Diamond, and Truman, by David McCullough.  I expect to be here for quite some time!  So, no reviews for a while!  I am loving Truman, which surprised me.  I am not usually a big history buff, but it is a great book.

Wuzzy Rat and Phil discuss whether I can actually finish this project, while Bunny tries to jump from the lamp to the Bible.


Joy the Puppy

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last night I was so exhausted from a full week of work, a full day of continuing education and a full evening of dinner and Bible Study with our Super Wicked Awesome Group of friends…

Our Super Wicked Awesome Group of Friends

that I sat down on the kitchen floor by the back door and put my head down and cried.

I tried to explain to Russ that I was just done.  I was not sad.  I was not mad.  I was just so tired.  Yes, it had been an incredibly great week.  Yes, I loved the veterinary meeting and especially the evening with our friends.  But extroversion is exhausting for me, and even good stress is stressful, and I just had nothing left.  He was trying to understand, and even doing laundry and picking up last minute things so I could really be done.  But I just needed someone to really hear me.

Enter Joy the Puppy.  We still call her Joy the Puppy because she has not outgrown ANY of her puppy antics, the cute ones or the exasperating ones.  She bites Ebony’s ears.  She scatters the trash.  She pounces Max the Cat.  She unstuffs her toys, which is super cute, except that she recently decided the bed she and Ebony share is a giant unstuffable toy.  So this week I have been sweeping up fluff every day and shopping for a new bed to replace Joy and Ebony’s very flat bed.

Joy the Puppy walked up to me on the kitchen floor and put her muzzle under my arm.  She waited till I looked up and then licked the tears off my cheek.  I pet her ears and told her all about my day and my week.  She sat with me until I got up and wandered to bed.  She lay down next to me on her (very flat) bed with her chin on her paws and a watchful eye on me.  In the few minutes it took me to “read” myself to sleep, Joy the Puppy stood up and checked on me twice.

I love the stories of dogs who pull people out of rivers and out of burning buildings and off of train tracks as trains scream towards them.  I love service dogs and rescue dogs and hero dogs.  Last night I was “just” tired and I “just” needed my dog, and she was there for me.

Joy, I am writing this so when you tear apart your new bed, we can sit and read this together and I can remind myself how incredible and wonderful you are.  Thank you Joy.  You are the best puppy anyone could hope for and I love you.

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National Veterinary Technician’s Week!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Happy National Veterinary Technician’s Week!

October 10-16, 2010

Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life who have worked along side me to maintain and restore the  health of pets.  You have been the best of the best as veterinary partners, fellow mourners, fellow learners, friends and coworkers.  You have make my career possible and you have made it the most rewarding one I can imagine.

If you have anyone in your professional life like that, make sure to thank them.  And if they happen to be veterinary technicians, make sure you thank them this week!

And to all pet lovers…If a veterinary technician has stood by you in a medical crisis, loved your pet, or just been there for you and your pets every time you need them, please take time this week to give them a call or send them a card (or even chocolate!) and tell them how important they are to you.

31 Days to Building a Better Blog

Friday, October 1st, 2010

October 1, 2010 – Day 1 of Building a Better Blog

Today I started to work through ProBlogger‘s suggested tips on “”  Click here for the link to his e-book.  It was brought to my attention by Dino Dogan, who is a wonderful dog blogger.  Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) is awesome in his own field, and is gifted at helping other bloggers improve.  I loved the story of how he helped a bunch of Evangelical Christian bloggers improve.  Now he is working on us pet folks (not that there can’t be some overlap!)

I have had his site bookmarked and have been monkeying with the idea of following his suggestions for quite some time.  Today seemed like a good day to start.  I love October.  It does have thirty-one days.  So here goes.  Should be a fun project!  Thank you Dino Dogan! And thank you ProBlogger! I think you are both great!

October 2, 2010 – Day 2 of Building a Better Blog

For my “first reader audit” I chose my oldest daughter.  My youngest is watching cartoons and every single adult in my family was disqualified because they have all helped me with this blog from the beginning!

Dave, of course, created the website for me.  Russ proofread my earliest attempts and still gives me valuable insight, and everyone else, including those two great guys, loans me cute pictures, gives me great advice, comments, proofreads, and most of all encourages.  (Whispering…You are the *best* family in the world.)

Thank you Kid for giving up a half hour of cartoons and for your wise insight. You are both the best kids anyone could ever hope for, and I love you so much!!

My Not So Little Helper Half a Lifetime Ago!

She is with Ebony Dog – That’s Piggy in the Top Left Corner!

October 5, 2010 – Day 5 of Building a Better Blog

me:  Hi Dave?  How do I get to the ‘About’ page of Riley and James?  Hi Dave, it’s me again.  What does Flash mean?  Hi Dave?  How do I edit this page?  Hi Dave?  Quick question!  Dave?  hmmm…must have accidently disconnected…

(Thank you for everything Dave Nelson!)

October 12, 2010 – Day 14 of Building a Better Blog

I know, I am getting ahead of myself, but an upcoming assignment involves analyzing ten blogs in my niche.  Ten?  It took me years to find one veterinary blog I loved, and now I have to gather ten?

Well, I can tell you they are out there.  Through twitter, #dogtalk and dvm360, I have found all sorts of very fun veterinarians who are also bloggers.  So I listed my ten favorite veterinary blogs, and kept the list open so I can add more as I remember or discover them.  I will, of course, have a similar Veterinary Blog Reviewing Policy as my Leadership Book Reviewing Policy.  (Unless I can say “Great Book!  Five Stars!” I will not say anything.  My Mom taught me that.)

I actually probably will not review the veterinary blogs at all, as it is much simpler for you to click a link to a veterinary blog than to buy or borrow a leadership book!  You do not need me to review the sites for you!  Just read through some of them and see what you think!  I will tell you this –

I think they are all great!  Five stars!


October 25, 2010 – Day 25 of Building a Better Blog

Today’s project was to go to a mall and answer a bunch of questions about marketing.  (whine)  I don’t LIKE shopping!  So I grumbled my way to Oakview Mall and wandered around until I landed in the food court.  Then I remembered I DO like Oakview Mall.  And I DO like brainstorming…and sitting by myself with a notebook and a purple pen.  So I had a productive and enjoyable time despite myself.  Thanks ProBlogger.  I will do less complaining and more direction following.

October 28, 2010 – Day 28 of Building a Better Blog

Today’s assignment – create a mission statement for your blog:

To Promote Preventative Care of Pets in Order to Enrich the Lives of Pets and Their People

That’s always been my mission, since Riley and James started as “Riley’s Fan Club.”  It feels good to articulate it, not sure if I’ve ever done that.  I suppose I should put it somewhere more prominent than the end of an ongoing month-long post.  There, I made it bold.  And centered it.

November 1, 2010 Well, I have finished the 31 Day Challenge.  It has been very helpful.  It has stretched me and my computer capabilities beyond what I would have stretched myself.  It has given me tools to continue to use.  Thank you ProBlogger.  I really appreciate your help and your overall helping others attitude.  From your newest fan…