Coming Soon on Riley and James…

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Skills for Communicating with Patients – Five Stars! This may be the most helpful book I have read from the  Veterinary Economics 25 Books List.  It is an excellent communication book written for MD’s, though the authors have worked with veterinarians too, which I thought was cool.  It is a medical school textbook and is taking me FOREVER to read!  SO worth it though.  I will review it for you as soon as I finish it!

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Summary of my Favorites from the Veterinary Economics 25 Books List – Very fun project…I am finishing the last two books.

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Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner – Five Stars! This will be a two part review, the first part here and the second part on Wagging Tail.  Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner is a wonderful veterinary anesthesia book that I have used for years.  The third edition was recently published by Banfield Pet Hospital, and that is the one I am reviewing.  It is also the best one yet!

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The Complete Cat’s Meow by Darlene Arden – Five Stars! OK, I just started this book, but it has a gorgeous Max the Cat cat on the cover and is written by one of my Very Favorite People AND Darlene mentioned me in the acknowledgements.  (Thank you Darlene!!)  What’s not to love??  Even though I am only a few pages in, I can tell it is also an EXCELLENT resource for cat lovers.  See, I can be objective! : )

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Love Wins by Rob Bell – Just kidding!  Different blog!  I do love it though.  The topics covered in this book are ones I have been struggling with and studying Scripture about for the past few years.  Just reading the intro sitting with Abby in the bookstore allowed me to breathe a deep cosmic sigh of relief.  Not that Rob Bell is the end-all authority on truth, or even claims to be.  He IS, however, very good at making a person think, and tackling Ideas That Shall Not Be Mentioned head on.  At least one Christian leader has been fired over saying he liked the book.  But I am a vet.  I like the book.  And now…back to pets!

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Why all the book reviews?

Life is still sad.  I miss Ebony Dog and Wuzzy Rat terribly.  I also miss Fuzzy Rat, Piggy Pig and Princess Gerbil.

Max the Cat is in the beginning stages of Chronic Kidney Disease.  Not always a big deal for an old cat, actually.  (You know, unless he or she is your cat, or…unless it is.)

But then, when Ebony first got sick, I was hoping that if and when we found the underlying cause of her Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia it would not be awful, but it was.  So I am still in a pretty rough season and having a sick cat is freaking me out a bit.  I am writing about all that, but trying hard to keep it upbeat here.

Even so, a Princess Gerbil Memorial is in the works.  She deserves one as much as the other four!  It is not her fault she passed away when I was too exhausted to write One More.  And she was super cute and kind of quirky, so I think you will like it!

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And finally…

Happy Heartworm-Free May!

And then…

I dunno!  A happier season maybe?  Just an idea…

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8 Responses to “Coming Soon on Riley and James…”

  1. Vikki says:

    Big hugs Shawn. Life has been tough for you the past while with losing so many of your beloved babies. I hope that you can take some comfort in the fact that they loved you and you loved them.Warm Hugs,Vikki Long

  2. Vicki Cook says:

    Hugs to you Dr. Finch. That’s a lot of heartbreak in a very short time. Peace be with you.

  3. Carrie Boyko says:

    Looks like there’s a lot to be looking forward to here…Can’t wait!Next weekend while I’m playing on this hop, I’ll also be hosting one at my blog. I’d love to have you join in to help homeless bunny friends find furever homes. Check it out

  4. Thank you Vikki and Vicki and Carrie. Knowing friends are here and looking out for us helps so much.Thanks for the invite Carrie! Can’t wait! heehee Bunny Hop…I will spread the word : )

  5. Sage says:

    That’s a lot of heart-break in a short time. I know you have wonderful memories of all your fur babies, but it’s still hard losing them.Sounds like a lot of cool books! I’m reading Homer’s Odyssey right now–a memoir about a blind cat and her affect on the author. Good read.

  6. Thanks Sage ♥Sounds good! I will add Homer’s Odyssey to my pile!

  7. There is something so special about treating your own kidney kitty. Even though I felt a tiny twinge of sadness every day when I sat down with him and gave him his SC fluids, I also felt like it was a special bonding time for us. I would tell him how I wanted him to live forever, but if he couldn’t do that, I would just work on making him feel as good as he possibly could. And he always seemed to feel good, which made me happy.

  8. That is good to hear Dr. Burcham! I hope Max the Cat does as well as your kitty. So many patients have done well for years with kidney disease, as well as my parents’ own two cats, that I am encouraged for Max.

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