Posts Tagged ‘Adelaide’

Blogathon 2010 – Giraffe-Chicken!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

As we wrap up Blogathon 2010, we look forward to what is ahead…well, let’s do that later.  Right now I would like to show you Giraffe-Chicken.

In the wee loopy-tired hours of the night, BZTAT (the awesome Paintathoner – Have you SEEN her work?  It is GORGEOUS!) said “I am painting a turtle in honor of Dr. Finch’s three am posting on turtle tips.”  I LOVED that, by the way!  AND I love her turtle painting!  

So, we, of course, assumed painting subject ideas were being solicited. “Chicken!” said Dr. Janet.  “Rabbit!” said BunnyJeanCook.  “Giraffe!” said Dr. V.  “How am I supposed to paint all these?” said BZTAT.  (I am paraphrasing – Maybe I should replace it all with direct quotes after I have slept.)

“brb!”  I said.  That is “be right back” in this new-fangled “texting” I have recently learned about.  I grabbed a Sharpie and some paper and sent her this:

Next year – Paintathon…Singathon…Blogathon, and just maybe…Sharpieathon.  You HAVE to be there.  It’s gonna be awesome.

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

The End

of the Riley and James portion of Blogathon 2010.

“That was good.  We had fun.”*

*overheard at the conclusion of Jurassic Park by a very small (three or four year old) child when Cathy and I went to see the movie in college.  I believe the quote is more appropriate to today.  I’ll bet that kid still has dinosaur violence issues.

Blogathon 2010 – Ebony Dog

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Overnight, Noodle the Poodle peed on Ebony’s bed.  I washed it and laid it in the hallway to dry.  While it was still soaking wet, Ebony came out of the bedroom and curled up on her bed and fell back asleep.  Which means when she wakes up, she will smell like the underbelly of a wet dog.

Looks like today is Dog Bath Day, not Crash After Blogathon Day.  I should have just posted the picture, huh?  That would have been much cuter.

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Saving the World

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I am looking up a bit from this crazy Blogathon and am so proud of my friends!  Everyone here – look at all of the causes we are supporting!  A puppy for Braydn, a puppy for Natalie, pet rescues and shelters.  And everyone beyond here – Jenn and her marathon, Artists for Hope and their ongoing fight to end poverty and hunger in Haiti.  And beyond that even – causes and projects we do not even know about!

Have we all bit off more than we can chew?  Yes, of course we have!  Is it our job to save the world?  NO!  It is God’s job!  (Yup, you’re getting the God talk.  It is Sunday morning, after all!)  Is it our job to step in where we fit into that?  YES!  And look how fun it has been!

I have LOVED doing this Blogathon.  So encouraging to see so many people work so hard to help people and pets they may never meet, mainly because it is where they are supposed to be, what they are supposed to do, at the time they are supposed to do it.

As we look up, rub our eyes, decide exactly when to drink the last cup of coffee before we crash, remember to smile.  We showed up.  We had fun.  Now let’s see what happens from here.

 

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Blogathon or Marathon?

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

My friend Jenn is in the beginning hours of a marathon as we are preparing to wrap up our Blogathon.  I am SO impressed!  She is running to raise money for a cure for cancer.  She is running for her Dad and our friends and her friends and family who have battled cancer.  She is an amazing person, and I just know she will excel.

SO excited for her!  SO happy it is her and not me!

In college (a prime time for goal setting), my good friend Cathy and I made a joint life goal to NEVER run a marathon.  I became a little nervous when she married an avid runner.  But what could she do?  Jason was, and is, perfect for her!  As Jason runs marathon after marathon, Cathy has supported him wholeheartedly while valiantly sticking to our goal.  Not to brag, but I too, have stuck to our goal.

Jenn has spent years running, and weeks training for this marathon.  She has followed a strict mental and physical schedule and dietary plan in preparation.

In preparation for the Blogathon, I wrote a few rough drafts of posts and made sure I had a good supply of Diet Coke.  Russ made a midnight run for chocolate and grapes.  (See, I am not totally neglecting nutrition!  OK, mostly, but I will get back on track after today.)

I want Bradyn to get his service dog.  Jenn wants a cure for cancer.  I do too.  It is not our job to save the world, it is our job to step in where God leads us, where we fit, and to cheer each other on.  I am so glad I fit into the blogging-all-night world and NOT into the running-all-morning world.  Better you than me Jenn!  I love you and I am behind you one hundred percent!

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Repetition, Redundancy and Routine

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

From one of my favoritest people ever…Su Smith.  Thank you Su!  I love this one!

 

Sometimes when I’m talking to a client I hear myself saying something I’ve said a blue million times a purple million ways and wonder, “Is the glazed look in this owner’s eye just my imagination?”  I try to be considerate and not keep telling people things they know, no matter how important it is to remember what our ancestors passed down to us–stock phrases to throw at our children like “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and “A stitch in time saves nine.”

The reason I am saying this is because it is sometimes in these “Why do I bother?” moments that a big “THAT’S why!” slaps me in the face.  Today was such a moment.  Here’s how it happened.

For a winter day it was pretty hopping. I like to whine about how busy we get, but I really do enjoy working up front when it’s hustle time.  Not only did we have four new clients bring in animals (which takes more time and concentration but what fun!) but had the full run of appointments and purchases and emergency surgeries and of course BOARDERS!  While so many things that happened today were so very bloggable, from the vet almost being eaten whole (“Not sure I can hold him down, Doc!” to vaccination allergy (“…her nose is swollen…” “Please bring her back *right now*!”), this mundane tale is about a boarder:  a perfectly healthy little dog being dropped off for a few nights with us.

For dogs to board with us, we require three vaccinations:  some kind of DHP combination vaccination, the legally-required veterinarian-administered rabies vaccination, and this little trick of a vaccination known as bordetella (AKA Kennel Cough).  The client wasn’t complaining about her otherwise up-to-date dog needing to be vaccinated for KC (as our whiteboard shorthand calls it) but simply had that classic, “Why?” look on her face.  I launched into my standard spiel about KC being airborne and very contagious in a kennel environment and how it’s not typically life-threatening but is a total pain to treat.  I even threw in my old story about how I was ready to throw my dog out the window when she caught it and kept me up night after night quacking like a hoarse duck.  The “That’s enough” nods began as I was explaining that we hadn’t seen a case in a while, but that they do pop up on occasion.  IAs she left I had that “Why did I ramble on about a disease that pampered pup will probably never encounter when I could have been entering these other clients into the computer or filing or something?”  An appointment was next in line and I went back to see about an empty exam room.  A tech said, “Room One is empty but don’t put anybody in there yet.  I have to clean it really well first.”  Of course I’m thinking parvo or an expelling of some egregious bodily something, but she says, “Kennel Cough.”

I’m sure I babbled something incoherent about just having talked to a client about that but I was really thinking, “For real? I’m not just talking and talking for no reason?” and of course “I’d better get them checked out and out of here fast!”

It’s not like we don’t see these diseases and parasites we babble about in our sleep.  We really do.  Some are rarer than others, though, and we begin to think, “Is that really something I need to push?” and suddenly there it is, staring us in the face saying, “That’s exactly for what I was waiting.” (No dangling preposition, Dr. Finch!)  We stop emphasizing that heartworm prevention isn’t just a one-time deal and BANG! three positive heartworm tests in one week.  We stop reminding people that their dog is at risk for leptospirosis and POW! a report of a kennel tech dying from caring for a lepto-positive pet.

So, if I begin one of my spiels about something you’re totally savvy on, it won’t hurt my feelings if you say, “I’m familiar with that.”  But if there’s something you don’t understand or aren’t sure you heard correctly, please ask me!  If I don’t know I will find somebody who does!  I want to help you keep your pet safe and happy.  If you have lettuce between your teeth, I’ll tell you that, too!

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – The Ninth Blogger Shows Up and Says Things Wise Beyond Her Years

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Hi! I’m Amanda, and here are the reasons I think Bradyn should get a dog:

  • Dogs are the best animals around. Everyone deserves to have one.
  • Dogs really help people when they need it. Sometimes (sadly) people are too busy mistreating their own dogs to even notice.
  • Everyone pitched in to post every hour for 24 hours, or donate money, or just help.

I hope you’ll help, too. 8)

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – The Ninth Blogger

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I know in two or three decades, both daughters are going to be in therapy, and all of their woes will be able to be traced directly back to this – for every one hundred pet pictures – dogs, cat, rats, guinea pig and even gerbil – that I post online, I post MAYBE one of them.

I have a very good reason!  I do not love our pets one hundred times more than our daughters!  There, now it is in print.  Future problems solved!  I, like most parents, am super neurotically protective of our kids and especially of our kids online.

So when our oldest asked to start a blog “like Mom” I said “NO!”  When Russ figured out how to set it up with ten passwords, extra locks and an invisibility cloak, I said “maybe…

“When I saw that she could safely blog with only the admiring eyes of her parents, grandparents and cousin watching, I relaxed…a little.

Then she asked to stay up with me and blog for Blogathon 2010.  By then I saw that it could be done safely, and was pretty much ok with the idea.  Well, I am glad I set my many neuroses aside for this day…it has been such a fun experience to blog together!  We fell asleep briefly and posted late at four am…or five am…or something.  Anyway, we are back on track.  For me, that’s pretty impressive, but for a kid too young to have stay-up-all-night sleepovers and much too young to have stay-up-all-night study fests, that is VERY impressive!

I will have Amanda post some of her wisdom here next hour.  Mostly she has posted cute puppy pictures.  But, hey!  Isn’t that what most of us do?  Those are some of my favorite posts!

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – We Made It! (So Far…)

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Woo!  We made it!  It is 5:00 am Central time which is when my Dad (THE official morning person) gets up which means it is morning, which means we made it all night!  Yay.  Now we just have to make it all morning too.

Good Morning Dad!!  First time I’ve said that first!  Ever.

Thank you Mom and Dad for loaning us the second computer and for supporting us and for supporting Bradyn!!

I was always the good kid in school.  I stayed in my seat.  I minded my own business.  I never talked out of turn.  (I rarely talked at all!)  Now I am going to be the kid who gets out of her seat and wanders around to all the other blogs while the bloggers are trying to concentrate.

This is where I would put all the pictures of hamsters in costume if I had thought through the idea better and borrowed my nephews’ hamsters like I intended.  (Why stop at Ham-Rabbit?  How cute would Ham-Lion be??)  Even though it IS officially morning, I doubt their Mama wants me knocking on their door right now, Sharpie in hand, asking to photograph their pets.  So I will come see what you other bloggers are doing.

K see you in a minute…

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Hamster Tips (and Costumes)

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Talking about turtles was fun!  Yes, I am loopy-tired.  Maybe that is a good state to be in when I need fun topics to post!

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 On that note…

MORE STRANGE PATIENTS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

When a hamster comes in with a crying kid, it can throw your whole day off.  Well, no more!

How to weigh a hamster, gerbil, mouse, rat, budgie or anole (I am sure I forgot someone, but one of these two ways should work with almost all of the small guys.)

(1)  If the patient may dart off or fly away, weigh them in a small paper bag with the top folded over.

(2)  If the patient promises to behave and stay put, weigh them in a doggy dish.

How to handle a hamster:

Do not wake him up!  Hamsters are not morning people!  If he is awake, quickly pick him up by his scruff.  You will need to grab a much larger amount of skin than you would expect.  You will not hurt him, but you may anger him!  So make sure to apologize and give him a treat when you are done.

How to make a bunny costume for a hamster without angering him: Draw bunny ears and whiskers on your hand with a Sharpie.  Pick the hamster up in a loose fist.  Take a picture because he will look even cuter than he does when he is NOT in costume.  I love this “tip” almost more than I love the turtle weighing tip.  *Safety note:  This works best with happy hamsters.

How to handle a gerbil: Stop or steady him by grabbing the base of his tail (but do not pick him up by the tail).  Place a hand under him and scoop him up.

How to handle a rat: Pick him up under the armpits and then steady his bottom (exactly like you would pick up a very small, very strange looking baby)  Rats do not need excess restraint, as they are usually quite agreeable to whatever you need to do.  I have only ever met one crabby rat, and I suspect he was actually just feeling sick, not actually crabby in Real Life.

Baby Fuzzy and Baby Wuzzy playing in the Lincon Log house my daughters made for them – they loved it!

How to handle a mousie: Pick him up by the base of the tail (This is one of the few little guys whose weight can be supported this way-but just for the few seconds it takes to nab him.)  Place him on your sleeve for the examination while continuing to hold the base of the tail.

How to handle a bird: When you are learning how to restrain a bird, start with the smaller birds who cannot chomp you as hard.  The technique is the same for all of them though!  Once you are comfortable with budgies, move on to macaws!

Examining and working with birds is ALWAYS a two person job!  Have the bird on a finger or your arm, with your thumb gently holding their four front toes down.  With a light towel in your hand, gently place your thumb and forefinger of your other hand in a ring around his neck from the dorsal side.  The palm of the same hand will be over his back.  Close your hand around his back and wings, being careful not to compress the chest.  Slowly turn him upside down.  Everyone is now in a position to safely examine and work with the bird.

Easy for me to say!  Actually the best way to learn how to restrain a bird is to make sure one of the two people involved is experienced at avian restraint.  Restraining birds has been like a skill chain through Omaha veterinary teams until all of us who want to work with birds are now able to safely hold them!  I even have trained teams at Montessori Children’s Room and Lakeside Retirement VIllage, so whenever I go see their cockatiels, I have plenty of helpers!  (Thanks Mom and Mom-Karen!)

Pedro, The Lakeside Village Cockatiel

 

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥

Blogathon 2010 – Turtle Tips!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

How’s everyone doing?  I assume all rational people have gone to bed hours ago.  Everyone that is here now is probably the bloggers who agreed to this in the first place.  And since half of us are veterinarians (Hi awesome women!  Hi Dr. Jed!) I have decided to dedicate this post to US!  And the other half of you crazy (equally awesome) bloggers and anyone else still awake…you may like this too…watching me weigh a turtle always makes my whole staff giggle.

So, to keep us going One More Hour, here is:

A LIST OF THINGS THAT MAY HELP IF A KID WALKS INTO YOUR HOSPITAL WITH A TURTLE AND YOU ARE USED TO SEEING CATS AND DOGS

that is to say…

TURTLE TIPS

*Turtles like having the examination explained to them as you go.

*Turtles like to hear their name as much as dogs do.  They are just not as effusive in showing their joy.

*Turtles can often right themselves when they are upside down.  They do not want to do it just for your amusement though.  If you ask them to, it may hurt their feelings.

*To get a turtle to open his mouth for an oral exam, gently use a paperclip as a speculum at the very rostral tip of his mouth.

*To convince a turtle to pull his head or front legs out, gently pull on his back leg.

*There is no way you will ever successfully auscultate a turtle.  To assess the heart and lungs you are going to need radiographs.  The downside-client cost.  The upside-turtle xrays look really cool.

*Most turtles are very sweet.  If your patient is having a bad day (which he may be if he is there for illness or injury), hold him by the top and bottom of his shell or the very lateral left and right sides to avoid the snappy part and the clawing parts.

*To weigh a turtle, center him or her on a full preweighed pop can on a gram scale.

Myrtle the Turtle demonstrates how to weigh a turtle-my favorite turtle tip ever.  We were tired of having turtles dart off the scale and weighing them ten times, and did not want to scare them by weighing them on their backs.  Contrary to the fable, not all turtles are slow!  Even sickie-sick turtles can be speedy!  We tried this and it seems to work best for the turtles and the turtle weighers.  And it is fun.

And finally, not a tip, but a super cute picture of my kid saying “Look, Mom!  I’m a box turtle!”

Haha, my kid is hilarious! :D

Clicking here will bring you to the webpage with information about Bradyn and an opportunity to donate towards the training of his service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. ♥