Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Pet Blogger Hop’

My Personal Twitter Policy

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I saw this post regarding a personal twitter policy and thought it was very cool.  It was very kind of Brent Pohlman and Josh Whitford and before them, Klaus Holzapfel, to share this great idea.

So…Here is My Personal Twitter Policy.  I am not a social media genius like these guys.  I am a Mom and a vet.  I am not a guy like these guys…I am a girl.  And I am me.  So it will be different.  Also, I think I will call it something exciting.  Check out their personal twitter policies too!  They are great!


Twitter Secrets – Revealed!

Haha, just kidding.  That is my exciting title for what is actually…

My Personal Twitter Policy

My Twitter Goals

  • to promote veterinary preventative care, pet welfare and retention of pets in families
  • to interact and build relationships with Awesomes (you)
  • fun
  • Here’s a link to my twitter beginnings…Twitter for Veterinarians. When I started, I had no clear goals, I was just doing what Secret Penguin told me to do.


Same as my Real Life personal and professional confidentiality policy:


If you specifically say I can share your pet’s medical case or picture  or a personal story, or ask me to, I will.  Otherwise, I will not.  You can always trust me to be a scandal/gossip/great story/confidential information dead end.

Subject of Postings

Pets.  Links to pet and medical stuff.  Kids.  Family and friends.  Things I notice.  Things that amuse me.  Random things.  Omaha stuff.  I am not one of those super focused, serious, professional veterinarians…on twitter, I mean.  In Real Life, I totally am.


I LOVE talking to people on twitter!  If a tweet is started with @ it is only seen in the twitter stream of that person and people you both follow.  So, everyone else does not have to “hear” every single thing you say (but can – it is not private like DM’s are), but friends who may be interested or want to jump in to the conversation are able to.

I try not to curse or say crabby stuff, or say anything online that would reflect poorly on myself or groups I represent (, my home veterinary hospital, Banfield, CareFRESH, my family, my church, God Himself…).

If I have a concern about a company, I tell them in a DM (direct message).  If I have a praise about a company, I say it “outloud” in a tweet to everyone.  If I need to tell a particularly hilarious joke that should not be said out loud, I tell Russ in Real Life…when no children are present.

Me Following You

I follow EVERYONE who has followed me.  (See, now would be the time for a super funny joke I will only tell Russ.)  I block accounts with profane pictures or tweets.  I do not follow anyone that has an egg avatar and has never tweeted.  Even bots have a place on twitter though.  The one bot I follow on purpose is @unfollowr.  AND there is a Real Person behind that account.  His name is Ian.

I only unfollow people that Ian says have unfollowed me – just to keep my follower/following ratio clean, not out of any sort of meanness.  It has kind of become a game.  I love it.

You Following Me

I link to blog posts I write, and I post pet information I think is fun or interesting.  If my puppy scratches her ear, I will tweet that to you, perhaps even with a twitpic picture.  I will also tell you fun stuff that is happening in Omaha…or that my brothers are doing…or that interests me.  Kind of random.  So if any of that stuff interests you, you may like my tweets.

Always (I hope) friendly and postitive.  I try to usually tweet no more than five “outloud” tweets (tweets that do not start with @) a day, out of respect for the other tweeters in your twitter stream.

Monitoring Twitter

I have twitter open on my computer when I am at home writing.  So if you send a tweet containing @Finch93, I will always answer it, often in real time.

I check my timeline about once a day, but really only closely read tweets from my lists.  I try not to miss a tweet from my Hey I Know You list and also like to check friends on my other lists, most often Follow Friday.

I do not have twitter on my phone and do not ever check it at work.  I am obsessively in love with twitter and the people there and need those boundries so I can focus in Real Life.

Protected Postings

I understand why some people protect their twitter accounts.  I try to say only stuff I do not mind everyone reading, keep the detailed information about the kids to a minimum (though they are so super cute that that is difficult…luckily I am as neurotically overprotective as they are cute), and follow everyone and let everyone follow me.  So my tweets are not protected.  I do not follow people whose tweets are protected unless they have followed me first and I think they may be looking for more followers.  Then I knock really softly and stand back.


I think this policy template is awesome and I think everyone should post a personal twitter policy on their own website!  Feel free to copy.  If you go through this policy and post it on your site, please let me know.  I would like to see and learn how others view their use of twitter.

(Ironically, that whole uncopyright paragraph was copied word for word from Brent, as was this great template, which he copied from Josh, which he copied from Klaus.  Thank you guys!)





Coming Soon on Riley and James…

Friday, April 8th, 2011

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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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Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Our herd is down from eight to three, 37.5% of capacity, and we are not repopulating.  Fortunately, Max the Cat, Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy all tolerate hugs*, because they have been put on Grief Duty.  I find myself asking “Who’s next?” and waking the poor things up if they are sleeping too comfortably.  Noodle has been known to sleep with all four paws up on occasion.  He has been the recipient of the rudest awakenings.

In an attempt to back off from this dangerous path, I am making the conscious decision to appreciate my pets on a day-to-day basis and enjoy the time I have with them.  Yes, approximately 67% of the remaining herd is oldie-old, but they are also all healthy, and probably tired of being included in my late night panics.  So hold me accountable.  There is much grieving yet to do, but I do not want to miss out on today.

I can’t really pull myself out of this of course, even with all of your wonderful support (And you ARE wonderful – thank you so much for walking through this with us) – This is going to take the power of God Himself.  While I hope you are in a happier season, this next quote is a good reminder to us all, and then a word of “encouragement” from my very favorite singer ever, Rich Mullins.  And then, I will come visit the blogs of other pet blogger friends on the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop.  And then…I am going to go hug my cat.

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“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


“It’s hard to be like Jesus.”

-Rich Mullins

*Note:  Hugging most dogs is ill-advised.  Normal dogs do not like hugs.  Hugging most cats is just asking for it.  Our pets are all sorts of special.  Do not attempt this at home unless you are a Trained Pet Hugger.  I am not.  I just have really tolerant pets.