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CareFRESH Blog!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

I am SO excited about my newest writing project!  I have been working with CareFRESH for a little over a year, and the team decided to start a blog on the website.  I love it!

Lavender CareFRESH bedding complimented Fuzzy and Wuzzy’s gorgeous skin the best of all the colors…

With this project, I will be less able to just go with my random kicks, and need to focus on themes and schedules and such much more than I do here on Riley and James, which, honestly, will be very good for me!

I am fairly disciplined, but (I have only ever told Russ this, and just very recently…) a large part of my discipline is extrinsic.  For example, I love having a made bed every morning, but if FLYLady did not tell me to make my bed, I probably would not!  I love being a veterinarian, but if I had not had the structure of veterinary school, I would not have learned all that I have.

And I love writing about environmental enrichment of <hamsters>, but if I were not led to write about it, I probably would not!

I will write somewhat shorter posts than what I normally write here, focus on small pets – rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rabbits and ferrets – and send the team every single picture I have of Fuzzy, Wuzzy, Princess and Piggy!  Feel free to send cute pictures of your Warm Fuzzies too!

Wuzzy in her Classroom in a Box

I will let you know where on the CareFRESH website the blog is as soon as I know.  It will probably attract a similar crowd to the Ask-a-Vet part of the CareFRESH website (kids and adults who are in love with small pets – two of my very favorite subsets of humanity!)  It will be an interactive blog, which will be very fun.  I hope you will come join me as often as you can!

For now, will you help me come up with topics? Do you have questions that would be best answered in a longer post than the Q & A of Ask-a-Vet?  Are there things about your own favorite small pet species that you think everyone should know, but may not yet?  THIS is going to be fun, people! :)

Princess Gerbil

 

 

Happy Birthday Petfinder!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

March 15, 2011 is…

Adopt the Internet Day.

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

In honor of Petfinder’s fifteenth birthday, pet lovers/bloggers everywhere are spreading the word about adoptable pets.  Here are some fun ways you can help…

See full size image If you have a website, write a blog post about Adopt the Internet Day. Dedicate today’s Facebook status and picture to an adoptable pet from Petfinder.See full size image Adopt a pet!See full size image Share an adoptable Petfinder pet on twitter with the hashtag #adopttheinternet.

For more great ideas right from Petfinder, click the super-cute badge.  (Also, you can cut and paste the badge into your own blog post if you would like.)

Happy Birthday Petfinder!

May the next fifteen years bring you even closer to obsolete.

(I mean that in the nicest every-pet-has-a-forever-home sort of way!)

Thank you for being a Pet Saver on the grandest level.

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Also, just as important, today is my Mom-in-Law Karen’s birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!

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More Great Veterinary Blogs

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

While I wait for life to get less sad, I have been writing considerably less than usual.  After Fuzzy and Wuzzy Rats and Piggy the guinea pig passed away, I could see where this season was heading, and put a few Very Favorite Writing Projects on hold (The Wagging Tail Blog and ) and cut down my writing here to a much slower pace.  My Carefresh Ask-a-Vet project is still full speed, but that one is Q&A – much easier, and a good respite from the sadness.  Good call on the slowing down thing, though.

best personal essays

 Ebony Dog and Princess Gerbil passed away soon after.  Russ has gotten me “I’m a winner” stickers that I wear every day I get out of bed since Ebony died.

100% success so far.  I am a winner.  75% success staying out of bed.  I am STILL a winner.  I still get a freaking sticker.  (Yes I really wear them.  Unless we just met, and even then, really, it should be obvious what a dork I am.  I LOVE the stickers.)

Anyway, that is all my prelude to my Super Awesome List I have for you.  Until I can get back to writing more regularly (and even then), here are some MORE great veterinary blogs I found thanks to veterinarians on my first list of great veterinary blogs. If there are more veterinary blogs you love, let me know! Yes, this is getting out of hand – I love it!  And yes, we should be out saving and preserving lives.  We take turns.  You know, as a worldwide veterinary community.  Save-write-sleep-repeat.

More Great Veterinary Blogs

Also, I included a few blogs from human medicine, because they are just awesome.

can’t spell, dvm

CantSpell, DVM

Funny Vet

Dr. Scott

The Real Housecats of Orange County

Dr. Kelly Wright

The Story Behind the Pictures

Dr. Leslie Brown Sheridan

VETBLOG

Toronto Vet

A Vet’s Guide to Life

Dr. Chris Bern

Vogue Vet

Vogue Vet

The Weird Veterinary World

C. Todd Dolen, DVM

and 2 people blogs…

Dr. Grumpy in the House

Dr. Grumpy, MD, Neurologist

33 Charts

Bryan Vartabedian, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist

And, of course, remember to visit the wonderful pet bloggers in the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop…

Coming Soon on Riley and James (and quite a few other blogs, I have a feeling…)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Adopt the Internet!

Happy 15th Birthday Petfinder!

Thank you Pet Savers everywhere for all you do to help pets!!

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Pet Bloggers' Challenge

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Edie Jarolim of “Will My Dog Hate Me?” and Amy Burkert of “Go Pet Friendly” challenged people who blog about pets to answer a set of questions about their site on this, the tenth day of January.

I try to keep up with pet blogs, but was challenged at a whole new level this past weekend, when I joined the Saturday Pet Blog Hop for the first time.  (Yes, I have visited every single one of the 134 140 sites!  Woo!  You guys have some cute pets!)  THAT is where I heard about The Pet Blogger Challenge.

Pet Blogger Challenge

I am always up for a great group project, especially when it involves pets or blogging or both, and don’t tell Edie and Amy, but I think they are awesome, and I will most likely do anything they tell me to do.

Here are their questions…

1. When did you begin your blog?

September 1, 2006

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

My original purpose was to get pet preventative care information to pet lovers in a broader way than just one-on-one in the exam room, veterinarian to client (which I still think is super important!)

My brother Dave suggested that I publish a newsletter for our family and mutual friends.  I loved the idea!  I tried to talk him into helping me print, staple and deliver newsletters to our friends, and he talked me into putting all of the newsletters onto a website that he offered to design for me.  (Dave, you were right, this is much more fun!)

He and his wife Sara had a gorgeous Great Dane at the time, so we named the site after her, The Official Riley Fan Club.  He even made buttons and fan club cards – so cute!  They still have Riley and later adopted James, the wonderful English Mastiff, and the website became Riley and James.  I went from publishing kind of long, formal entries every other month, to my current practice of publishing about twice a week.

 

Riley and James and…Riley and James!

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Yes!  The methods have changed over the years, but the purpose of Riley and James is the same, to provide pet preventative care information to pet lovers.  I also want it to be a fun site, and to be able to share some of my own pets’ stories.  I recently came up with a Purpose Statement, at the recommendation of , and buried it in a .  I will repost it here, and then at the Website Update, maybe somewhere more prominent!

The Purpose of the Riley and James Website:

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

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the Spirit moves you?

At first, posts were every other month.  In 2010, I posted about twice a week.  Now I am trying to do that (way more fun, and I can post shorter, more random stuff) and I am trying to post on Mondays and Fridays, to give myself a schedule to follow.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

No, but I hope I am making pet lovers think about important things, and providing good medical information, and that I am playing a part in pets living longer, healthier lives.

I do work for Carefresh, and have written for Veterinary Economics and Firstline.  I do not think I would have met any of the wonderful people involved with those groups if I had not been writing online.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular?

I know those of you who do not know me in person do not believe me (because you have told me so!) but I am an extreme introvert.  Unless I am completely comfortable in a group, I will always choose listening over talking.

With the blog, I am able to formulate my thoughts and get them out there, without worrying I will not be heard because my voice is too soft or I am not articulate enough.  I think I have valid things to say, especially when it comes to veterinary medicine and related topics, but I will not necessarily say them outloud in Real Life.  It is great to have this outlet.

7. What do you like least?

I really, really love everything about doing the Riley and James website and all of the writing and online interaction opportunities that have come from it.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

I hope to become a better writer, take cuter pictures (That will be hard to do without Fuzzy and Wuzzy), make a dent in the puppy mill and cat overpopulation problems, connect in more ways with the pet community at large…I just think it is going to be a really great year, and I am excited to see it unfold.

Oh!  Also, Dave is updating the website this year! If you know Dave Nelson, or his company, Secret Penguin, you know he does incredible work!  Check back soon for the great updates!  I will keep you posted.

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Coming Soon to Riley and James:

My daughter Abby will review the kids’ book, Marvin, The Golf Caddy Dog, by Harold R. Mann, an Omaha author.  Our friends at Nebraska Humane Society know I like reviewing books and that Abby just read this one, and suggested I have her do a guest post – book review.  Her first blog post, woo!  Great idea, guys!  Thanks!

 

Bunny Trails: My latest article is up at Omaha.net…

Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

I wish it did NOT feature my own Max the Cat and Ebony Dog, but aren’t they gorgeous??

Blogs by Veterinarians

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

An upcoming Problogger 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!

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Here is a (working) list of blogs I enjoy that are written by veterinarians…

Animal Care Center of Huntington Beach

Annmarie Hill Chavers, DVM

(I am saving this space on my list for Dr. Hill because she is great and I know she is going to come back and write more great things!)

Cruzan Borders

Dr. Nicki

Dr. Di’s Vet Blog

Di Veale, DVM

Dr. Patrick Mahany (Fun “Spin-off” – Celebrity Pet News)

Patrick Mahany, DVM and Cardiff : )

Emergivet

Emergivet

E-Vet Clinic Blog

Daniel Beatty, DVM

Fully Vetted

Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA

Generation Vet

Hillary Israeli, VMD and Phillip Barnes (ssshhh, it is too a blog!)

The Homeless Parrot

Homeless Parrot

Journey of an ER Veterinarian

ER Doc

The Learning Vet

a great <secret identity> vet

Olathe Animal Hospital Blog

J.C. Burcham, DVM and team

Pawcurious

Dr. V

Pete the Vet

Pete Wedderburn, DVM

Pet Health Care Gazette

Lorie A. Huston, DVM

So I Have This Dog….

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Speaking for Spot

Nancy Kay, DVM, Diplomate Internal Medicine

and About Vet Med and Vet Med Connect

Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM

VetLIVE

Laci Schnaible, DVM and Jed Schnaible, DVM

VetMom

Laura McClain Madsen, DVM

VMDiva

Jennifer Koehl, VMD

The Wagging Tail

Banfield, The Pet Hospital’s Veterinary Blog

An earlier post, Blogroll! lists other blogs I enjoy!

March 2011 Update:

I found some more!  Woo!

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!

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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…

Blogroll!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Last night’s #dogtalk was about pet blogging.  Very fun.  Find the entire transcript on Dr. Lorie A. Huston’s Pet Health Care Gazette site.

(Thanks Doctor!!)

I wanted a place to gather all of the websites mentioned last night, so I could go back and look at each of them one by one.  Many I already know and love.  So I will start with a list of last night’s participants and add others I like and discover as we go.  Hopefully this page will end up as out of control and fun as the follow friday page!

First the blogs of the four awesome bloggers who were featured last night:

Dancing Dog Blog by Mary Haight

Dawg Business by Jana Rade

Dogan Dogs by Dino Dogan

Pet Health Care Gazette by Lorie A. Huston, DVM

And, the rest!

Daisy the Wonder Dog and No Dog About It

Dr. Patrick Mahany – Patrick Mahany, DVM

Fang Shui Canines – Hillary Lane

Flex Pets

I Still Want More Puppies

K9 Cuisine

Mary’s Dogs by Mary Doane

Pampered Pets Pal by Stevan R. Grimes (link to old blog)

To Dog With Love

And in case you are inspired to start blogging (I KNOW you love pets – you might love blogging too!) here is a fun article from Dino Dogan on starting…http://askaaronlee.com/blogging-how-do-i-get-started-in-10-steps-or-less/

Here’s a list of other blogs I love.  Most of them are here and there in Riley and James, but now they will all be in one place.  Someday, maybe I will get even more organized and have them all on the home page or something!  Not today though…

Blogs by Veterinarians – I created a seperate post!

Blogs by Other Pet Lovers:

Bunny’s Blog by Vikki Cook

Darlene Arden by Darlene Arden

Dog Spelled Forward by Eric Goebelbecker

Fearful Dogs by Debbie Jacobs

Fido Factor

Good Dogz Training by Nancy Freedman-Smith
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Go Pet Friendly by Rod and Amy Burkett
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Will My Dog Hate Me by Edie Jarolim

And, finally, not (directly) pet related, but I LOVE these blogs:

And Now We Are Six by Cathy Babcock

Artists for Hope by Roberta VanderZwaag and friends

Beat the Hell Outta ALS by Team Anderson

Boobs and Coffee by Vera Jo

5AMthinking by Gordon F. MacPherson, Jr.

Life as a Vicar’s Wife by Kelly Rasmussen

Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Idiots by KindaSassy : )

One Year Bible by Stan Parker

ProBlogger by Darren Rowse

Secret Penguin by Dave Nelson

Shellybobbins by Shelly Bobbins