Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Meanwhile

The animals seemed pretty chill while I was gone. 








Also, foster dog Ava, who was supposed to be temporary got adopted a few weeks ago. 

And I quit my job. My last day was Tuesday before I went to Texas. It wasn’t a great fit for me and I answered an ad for a different clinic on a whim and they offered me the job right away. It seems like it’s going to be perfect and I start this week. It’s only part time like my old job and I’ll still be doing some relief work. 

Coming up in the spring lots of dog competitions!!

El Paso 2020

Well I did say fun things would be coming. It just took a few weeks! Wednesday I left for El Paso to visit Melanie and Lindsay and Kash also flew in from Ohio. It was so good to get away and just spend time together for a few days. 

We watched a lot of TV and movies and there was no shortage of amazing food both at home and away!






Those were just the desserts! 
We spend the first full day going to a winery in New Mexico and then shopping and sight seeing in on old historic town. 






Next day includes a little hiking in the mountains up to a small cave, which really was just kind of an indentation. 
























Saturday we attended Melanie’s son’s track meet and then headed out to white sands. We all had fun soaking in some sun, enjoying the views and sledding down the dunes. 
















Sunday Lindsay and i ran the El Paso half marathon where we crushed any goals we had by running a 2:07:17. My foot is still pretty sore but i suppose it was  worth it!






Then sadly it was time to come home yesterday. But don’t worry, more fun coming up!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

NADAC update

Well I'm a week behind in getting this posted.  Epic and I went to Normal last week for NADAC agility. He had a really great trial.  He got 5 Qs and some of his NQs were fantastic. He got all his contacts and discrimination and most of his weaves, some even on the first try and on both sides!  His start line stays and lead outs remain solid.  He finished a novice barrels title and a novice outstanding jumpers title.  He also got through a chances course without me crossing the line.  He crossed and had to be sent back out but it's progress!

Also our temp foster Ava got adopted so I guess we can count her an official foster dog now!

Lots of fun things coming up soon! Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Animal Abuse

When you think of animal abuse you probably think about the stuff that makes the news-hoarding cases where animals are living in poor conditions or left to starve, kittens tossed out on the side of the road in a bag, animals that have been beaten, burned, etc.  And those things do happen, and they are more common that we would like to think about, but are they the most common form of abuse?  Probably not, or they wouldn't make the news.  Sort of like a plane crash will almost always be on the news, but a car crash probably won't be.

When I think of animal abuse, I think of a different kind, the car crash kind you might say.  This is more of a "sub-clinical" abuse.  It may not be obvious, it's not a crime, it's not reportable, and there isn't anything anyone can do about it.  Every single day at work I see pets who are suffering from treatable conditions that owners choose to ignore because they don't think it's really a problem, don't want to believe it's a problem, or can't afford to deal with it.  I see pets with painful dental disease-a progressive condition that just continues to get worse.  They didn't address it when it was mild and less expensive and now the pet has bleeding gums and infected teeth that cause pain every day and costs even more to fix making is less likely that it will get addressed.  I see pets with chronic skin and ear infections because the owners don't use regular flea prevention, don't come back for rechecks, don't keep up with medications or other treatments to manage the condition.  I see pets who will never not have fleas.  I see pets with obvious arthritis, extreme obesity, untreated dry eye, tumors that continue to grow until they are uncomfortably large or ulcerated or infected, ingrown or overgrown toe nails and more.

You can educate.  You can explain that just because the dog is still eating and not crying doesn't mean they are in pain.  You can talk about prevention.  You can talk about consequences.  And then you can mark everything they declined in the chart and watch them get a new puppy that will suffer the same fate.  And the funny thing is that so many of these same people will tell you they "rescued" their pet and that it must have been "abused" by someone.  And all you can do is shake you head and move on to the next room.

And this does not even account for the things like Parvo or heartworms that could have easily been prevented in the first place.  There is a lot of responsibility to owning a pet and unfortunately very few requirements in most cases to obtain one, and even fewer consequences for failing to provide adequate care for one.  This is a multifactorial problem and I don't have all the answers, but on a good day I get a win and the client finally believes me and schedules a dental or tries the medication and maybe learns to take better care of that next puppy after all.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Overdue Update

I made Riesling try the antler had.  He tolerated it but didn't look happy. 

 Also squeezed in one last ride for the year.  It was only a few minutes but it was something.
 We had a good Christmas with my family, then New Years eve with some of Jerry's family.

Sweet boy Amos is getting adopted today!


 We broke down and got a new couch!  So far we really like it.
We have short trips coming up in the next few months and I've also started lining out some trials for the year.  So things should start to get more exciting soon!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

More cool and fun vet stuff

This is a new MOKAN dog.  We don't know how long his hip has been out of socket but he had surged this week and will be available once he recovers!

 Pet chameleon that belongs to a tech.  I got to hang out with him!

 This is a 120 lb mastiff a local rescue brought in.  We put him in a Snuggie after his surgery.

 These next two photos are of a dog with a chronic cough but also a strange thickening in his legs.  I think the lung and bone lesions are related, possibly systemic fungal infection.


Catching up

Spoiled pups. Seamus and Amos are still waiting to be adopted but they don't seem to mind. 




 Getting ready for Christmas!





 I kicked all the other dogs outside so Legend could play inside.  It made her very happy.

 Chilly dogs...
 Last night was our Christmas party at work.  Picture taking took a turn for the worse at the end of the night...