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Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year!

2011 was not the boring year I wished for at this time last year, but other than losing Ebony Dog, it was a very, very good year filled with family, pets, friends, new jobs, new challenges and new projects.  I would not trade this past year for anything, but I would like my dog back.

Goodbye 2011.  Thank you for all of the new amazing things you brought to our lives.

New friends

Since this is a pet blog, I will say..I really like my new friend Maya the Boston Terrier.  And her Dad.  He is great.  Also, I love Lucy Dog, who is Russ’ parents’ new puppy.

I have new friends at work who are wonderful.  I kept all of my preexisting friends too.  They are also awesome.

I have met many wonderful people through blogging and twitter.  Hi internet friends!  I love you as much as I love my Real Life friends.  It is so good to know you.

New memories

I have loved all the time I have gotten to spend with family and friends this past year.

The Nelsons went to Colorado as a family, and I got to spend a lot of time with the very small Nelsons.

We got to go to our friends’ wedding in New York, where I had never been before.

New jobs

Both Russ and I started new jobs this fall!  We both love our new jobs and the people there very much.  OK, I don’t think Russ would say he “loves” his coworkers, because he is a guy.  But he does like them very much.  And I, of course, would not hesitate to say…I LOVE everyone at Gentle Doctor!!  And all of you who have come with me.

New projects

I started writing a weekly post with Life with Dogs this past summer.  It has been such a fun project.

I met Kristi and Jessica.  I got to eat lunch with them in Kansas City.  So fun!  They asked me to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Veterinary Economics.  I am SO excited about that!

This year, I did Blogathon 2011 again with Dr. V and other Awesomes, and was also joined by a bunch of Omaha Greats (including my two daughters) to raise money for Nebraska Humane Society.  That is a whole new level of Blogathon fun.  What a great group of people.

Hello 2012.  It is nice to meet you :)

Lemme work on articulating my thoughts and I will post a series of “New Year” posts this next week or so.  I am one of the few nerds who LOVES New Year’s Resolutions.  I make them and break them every year!  I reach higher than I can possibly attain, and set goals that I have absolutely no control over.

Remember last year when I resolved to end puppy mills?  And to have a boring year?  And to lose no pets?  I have similar goals in mind this year!  As a kid, one year I wrote a list that was longer than I was!  So do not feel bad if you do not like New Year’s Resolutions.  Most people don’t.  I am just a little off.  In a good way.

I hope 2012 is the best year yet for you and your pets!  I wish you every possible blessing of the New Year and will look forward to sharing it with you!

The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop

Favorite Posts of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Dr. V of Pawcurious challenged bloggers to list their ten favorite posts that they had written on their own site during 2010, and posted her own favorites and links to everyone else’s favorites, which means that to ring in the New Year, we will have an exponential number of great posts to read, including yours I hope!

My Ten Favorite Riley and James Posts from 2010

Ham-Rabbit and Friends

Joy to the World Video with Su Smith (and Joy the Puppy)

Epic “No” – Don’t Shoot the Cat

Blogathon 2010 – Go Big Red!

Puppy Mills and Missouri Proposition B

Happy Halloween – Pictures of Piggy and the Pups as Dominoes

Observing a Four-Year-Old Process with a Maturity Far Beyond His Years

What I am Doing This Week:  Attending Camp Kindness, Taking Rat Pictures

How I Got My Groove Back

I Love You Obie

Follow Friday

I also had awesome guest posts from JannaNoelSu, Amanda, Russ and Pastor Scott.  But Edie says including those are against the rules.  Still, they write great stuff.  Thank you guys!!

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Bonus!  My Ten Favorite Riley and James Posts (that will be) from 2011

The following is a list of things that are somewhere between a prediction of the future and stuff I made up, that is to say, GOALS.

Janie Helt’s tribute to the wonderful Moo Pug

Hundreds of Ham-Rabbit and Friends pictures sent in by you – here are pictures of ALL of them!

Local News Story:  Cat and Kitten Shortage in Omaha!

National News Story:  No Puppy Mills Left in America!

Worldwide Survey: 99% of those polled are unable to recall the name Michael Vick, 1% think he might have played football but are unsure and 100% do not care

Peanut Baby Jesus 2011 – The Grown-ups Come to the Party

End of Year “I Love to Be Boring” Report:  All six Finch pets celebrated another birthday!  Nothing else to report.

My “Make-up” post to the awesome Omaha band Adelaide! After Blogathon 2010 in which it was discovered I have no computer savvy whatsoever, I rally with the help of friends and family and post samples of the band’s incredible music (Find Me Love would have gone awesomely with the Blogathon Introduction – very dramatic!  I could hear it from MY computer…)

Blogathon 2011 – Bigger, Crazier and even more fun than last year (HOW is that possible??) and Blogathon 2010 Update…Bradyn gets his Therapy Puppy

Another Christmas Music Video with Su! Who wants to help us?  Joy the Puppy?  Merry the Yorkie?  Noel the Beagle?  Maybe ALL THREE??

May your 2011 be fun and colorful and overflowing with friends, family and soft, cute pets.  And may those three categories overlap in every possible way.

Happy New Year!

What I am Doing This Week: Resolving…Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

This week I am regrouping for the New Year!  I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I love having the kids home on break.  I tend to obsess about goals, which has always been a kind of big thing for me.  I look back and look forward.  2009 was one of the best, most emotional, most difficult, most rewarding years of my career.  I must have forgotten to tell 2009 that I like boring.

Here you go, 2010.  This is an example of what I like.  Angela’s new Shaggy Puppy needs a routine exam.  Your next patient is the same.  So is the next.  So is the next.  I don’t need drama!  I don’t need excitement!  I have my veterinary friends and journals for that.  My own life, I want it boring.  Always.  K, thanks.

This week the veterinary team has kicked…they have been EXTRAORDINARY!!  haha  That’s more professional, huh?  They always are great, but in a difficult/busy/challenging week, I notice it more, I guess.  Our team is amazing.  Their love for pets, even when they KNOW they will get their hearts broken, their dedication and their amazing skill is really awesome to be around.  You guys rock.  Here’s to an amazing, but hopefully less eventful 2010!!

I got the book “Am I Boring My Dog?” by Dr. Edie Jarolim for Mom for Christmas.  I am going to have to get my own copy (to me, from me, Happy Valentine’s Day!) because Mom is hogging hers!  It is geared toward new pet owners, but you need it too!  And also, you will love her website and blog, Will My Dog Hate Me?

This is a sort of random place to put such awesome links, don’t you think?  I think my site needs a central location for cool links.  Coming soon…

Walking Around Omaha (Bring a Leash)

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Happy New Year!

I have decided to dedicate an entire year’s worth of newsletters to health through fitness and nutrition.  This topic, and my New Year’s Resolution (which I will tell you in a minute), came as a result of seemingly random, unrelated interactions with five people, to whom I am deeply grateful.


To start, Janet Shulenberger of Nebraska Poodle Rescue asked me to dedicate a newsletter to obesity in dogs.  I thought that was a great idea.  However, weight management in pets is far too important and broad of a subject to cover in only one newsletter.  Instead, let’s make 2009 all about healthy living.  We will start with dog walking and cover different topics from there…other pets, nutrition, obesity-related diseases…let me know what you would like to discuss.  I decided to start with dog walking, because it has been on my mind a lot lately, and I have not been as diligent as I would like with my own health, or that of my dogs.


I visited a chiropractor recently for the first time in almost twenty years, Dr. Shawn Schmidt.  I was a little apprehensive, but soon realized that I did indeed need an attitude adjustment about my views on holistic health.  Dr. Shawn asked what I did for exercise, and I realized I did…nothing.  I had completely fallen out of the habit of any sort of physical activity.


Shortly before the great, internationally known speaker Luis Palau came to speak in Omaha during the summer of 2007, he challenged a group of Omahans to pick a few streets of Omaha and drive through them and pray for them on a regular basis.  I have been thinking about that challenge alot lately.


During a recent veterinary visit, my Aunt-in-Law Judy Finch asked if she could start walking her puppy Lucy three miles a day instead of their usual two, since Lucy was almost grown up.  I don’t know if I even answered.  (If I didn’t, my answer is, “Yes!  Of course!”)  I was just so impressed by Judy and her commitment to fitness, that I think I went right home to walk Ebony and Noodle, leaving poor Ken and Judy at the front desk with Lucy, and the rest of my clients and patients also standing around, I assume overnight, to be seen the next day, by a doctor who didn’t run off to walk her dogs.  It was a good walk though, and the three of us have been walking ever since.


And finally, Pastor Scott Christiansen challenged the entire congregation of Westwood Church to come up with individual blessing plans for 2009–ways we could each specifically help our community.  I said I would pray for Omaha.  I wasn’t sure what that would look like, but now I am starting to, and I think it will be kind of crazy…

My New Year’s Resolution…

I have decided that my New Year’s Resolution will be to walk with Ebony and Noodle the length of every street in the entire community by this time next year.  As I pass your home, your work, your hang-outs, I will pray for you.  If you will not be offended by that crazy offer, I will not be offended if you file it under “Can’t Hurt/Might Help.”

If you have a pet-friendly business, let me know and I will stop by.  If you want to walk with us, let me know when and where, and I will meet you.  So come on…this will be fun!  You keep doing what you are doing (How is that for a guilt-proof resolution?  You can’t fail!), and I will join you and get back into the habit of walking my dogs.

I believe if the five of you were standing together (Janet, Dr. Shawn, Luis, Judy and Pastor Scott), that would be such a cool group!  But what I was going to say is, if you were standing together, you would each be shaking your head and saying “That is NOT what I meant!”  Then you would turn to each other and say, “She is just a little off.”  And that is ok.  I have often been told that I am crazy (and I don’t think people are always kidding…)  So why not substantiate that with a crazy resolution?

I would not make this resolution without my dogs’ input if I thought there were any chance that they would object.  Their absolute favorite thing in the world is walks.  We cannot even spell “walk” anymore without them jumping in circles.  In fact, I looked around to make sure Ebony was not paying attention before I wrote this paragraph.  (Yes, my dogs are geniuses…well, half of my dogs are genius anyways.)

This will be fun!

So come with us!  No, not down every street!  That would be crazy!  Down YOUR street.  With YOUR dog.  YOU do not need such an insane goal as I am setting.  Your pets are in great shape.  Honestly.  For several years, the veterinary journals have been saying that anywhere from 60 to 66% of dogs in America are overweight.  Well, they are not my clients’ dogs!

Ernie plays with his toys so much, it is hard to keep him up at his ideal weight of four pounds!  Riley the Great Dane is a gorgeous, sleek dog made entirely of muscle and goofiness.  Her friend James the Mastiff is in just as good of shape.  Oreo is the only Boston Terrier I know who is not a bit overweight!  And Jacy May can eat whatever she wants and not gain a pound (sigh).

And if you are one of my clients with an overweight or out of shape dog, remember that there are seasons to life.  If you need to sit this one out, do.  Ebony has sat with me through bouts of depression (mine, not hers), crazy toddler years, injury, and just plain apathy.  We have had seasons of diligent exercise, but also seasons of being indoors together.

And there are the literal seasons too.  I have seen you out in the snow and the rain and the wind dutifully walking your dog…from my living room window.  I like to walk in perfect weather, which would explain quite a few of my stretches of inactivity, given that we live in Nebraska!

I do need to get my act together, though.  So keep me accountable.  And keep me company, at least in thought, as I set out to walk every street of our incredible city.  No, I have not thought through how many miles that is.  Russ said it may need to be a five-year plan, not a one-year plan.  But is that so bad?  If I try and all that happens is Ebony, Noodle and I get in better shape, and we have fun walking with whatever combination of friends we have with us, that will not be the worst failed resolution I have ever had.

So grab your pup and a leash.  Add a Gentle Leader or a harness if it will make your walk more enjoyable.  Bring a potty bag.  Muzzle your Pit Bull (or put their “Breed Ambassador” vest on – congratulations to you both!)  Let’s keep walking and see where we end up!

I will be the one with the gorgeous Black Lab cross with the purple Gentle Leader and the cute little black Poodle claiming all of Omaha with his pee.  I may or may not have my family and our friend Baby Kendal with us.  I am very good at getting lost, so I will put Russ in charge of my route.  I will keep you updated on how the walking every street of Omaha goal goes…I know it is crazy, but somehow the idea is appealing to me.  I think it will be fun to try.  I have decided to file it under “Can’t Hurt/Might Help.”

the end…