Golden Retriever Looking Snazzy

Golden Retriever looking pretty snazzy for the first day of his new job at Barker & Barker

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Vitacost Haul – Skincare, Haircare, Petcare, and Food

Let me know what are your tried and true Vitacost favorites. *** Get off your first purchase of or more *** Here are the product…
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Fun, practical, whimsical, personal. Everything a gift should be. You’ll have fun shopping for it. They will smile when they open it and enjoy it every day as they think of you. Adults will feel like a kid again and kids will enjoy being kids. sent me a free pair of Poodle slippers to review. I smiled when I opened it and kept smiling as I wore them around. Warm and cozy Very high…
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Faith2Faith has completed her Halo Healthy Weight Challenge and her story is one of success! Faith started the Challenge weighing 68 pounds. In just 12 weeks she has lost 7 pounds for a final weigh-in of 61 pounds!

Way to go Faith!

But Faith is not done yet. Her owner has been given instructions to continue weighing her every 2 weeks and working with her veterinarian to determine when Faith has reached her ideal weight. At that time, Faith will be able to eat a few more calories each day to maintain her new svelte frame.

For dogs—like Faith—who have previously struggled with being overweight, we do recommend continuing them on a calorie-controlled diet like the Halo Healthy Weight for the best management of their weight in the long run.

Faith was the second participant enrolled in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge on THE EXPERT VET of the RADIO PET LADY NETWORK. Faith was successful in losing weight with a specially designed meal plan of Halo Healthy Weight natural dog food and extra fruits and veggies.



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Hiring Social Media Consultants

If you are interested in a free year of membership to PetsitUSA, then you can become a new social media consultant!  There are varying options on what a pet sitter should contribute.  You could write blog posts about pet sitting or focus on Facebook and Twitter messages.  If you are interested, send an email to!

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Award and Plaque Company Used to Honor Florida Deputies

(PRWEB) November 20, 2014

Volusia County Sheriff?s Office honored two deputies with the Medal of Valor on November 6th after they entered a trailer fire to rescue a man trapped inside. Deputies Robert Mitchell and Thomas Proctor were presented with the medals and a Presenta Plaque-made award for their bravery during the incident.

The Medal of Valor, which is the second highest honor the Volusia County Sheriff?s Office can present, was given to the deputies just two months after the fire took place in August. Deputies Thomas and Mitchell began resuscitation efforts immediately and did their best to save the victim, but he later died of smoke inhalation.

Selflessness and human kindness are at the very core of the Presenta Plaque?s values and it is honored to a part of the celebration of acts of heroism like these and others. Presenta Plaque is thankful for the service of law enforcement and hopes to continue helping with the recognition of of brave men and women throughout the country.

Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are the perfect way to show someone that their hard work does not go unnoticed. Whether for a brave officer in the line of duty or the crosswalk guard that ensures the safety of our children, Presenta Plaques are a classic and beautiful way to say thank you.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality?s needs.

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About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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The Viszla Puppy And The Cat

The Viszla puppy cuddling with the cat. They seem to be getting along fairly well.

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Retreiver Training

I’ve been curious about hunt tests for retrievers for a while. I’ve never actually seen one, yet know some people who do them.  Liz and Andy put together a training day today and invited me along.  I brought Coulee (and Lacey too so I wouldn’t need to make two trips) and we went for a short walk before everyone else got there.  Then we got down to work.

We did two retrieves on land and two in water.  Coulee rocked all of them. That’s my girl!  Once I knew what it entailed, I wasn’t too surprised she did well – she’s basically be training for it her whole life.  :)

All the other dogs did great too.  There were a tonne of flatcoats, a lab and Coulee.  These are a few of my favourite pictures from the day.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Compressed Spinal Nerves Trigger Back Pain Fixable with Same-Day Procedure; Dr. Kaixuan Liu explains top 3 reasons endoscopic foraminotomy surgery is warranted

West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) November 21, 2014

Know somebody with arthritis, bone spurs, or bulging or herniated discs in the spine? Chances are you do ? whether it?s yourself or a loved one ? since these conditions are among the most common back problems experienced in the United States. The pain resulting from all of these issues stems from compressed nerves in the spine, and all can potentially be treated with a minimally invasive procedure known as endoscopic foraminotomy, according to Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, founder and president of Atlantic Spine Center.

The words ?endoscopic foraminotomy? may be hard to pronounce, but the concept for the surgery itself is relatively simple, Dr. Liu says. A same-day procedure with a rapid recovery time, it requires only a tiny incision compared to traditional ?open? surgery and releases pinched nerves by removing the source of the trouble ? whether bone spurs, protruding discs, overgrown ligaments or other causes.

?A huge number of adults ? about 8 in 10 ? suffer from chronic lower back or neck pain at some point in their lives,? he says, ?but despite the prevalence of the problem, few are aware what surgical options exist if they exhaust treatment options such as medication, physical therapy and other non-invasive measures without finding relief.?

?Many are surprised that some of the most common causes of back pain are often fixable with a quick surgical procedure they didn?t even know existed,? adds Dr. Liu, who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive spine surgery. ?I?m happy to educate them about endoscopic foraminotomy because I?ve seen again and again how well it can work.?

What conditions can be treated with endoscopic foraminotomy?

While the term ?endoscopic foraminotomy? may seem a little obscure, the spinal conditions it can treat are far from it. In fact, Dr. Liu says, some of the most-seen back problems top the list, including:


Estimated to affect nearly 30 million Americans, osteoarthritis ? typically referred to merely as arthritis ? is caused by wear and tear in the joints. In the spine, constant movements of vertebral joints as we bend, lift, twist and stretch can cause the joints to thicken and harden as we age. Vertebral joints can end up pinching nerves in the spine, with the effects radiating along nerves to the buttocks or upper thighs. The resulting back pain and stiffness can also lead to decreased flexibility in the spine, especially when sitting, standing and walking.

Bone spurs

Known medically as osteophytes, bone spurs can be considered a ?cousin? to arthritis, since they?re often created from the joint-on-joint friction and inflammation triggered by arthritis. In the spine, the bony ends of vertebrae rub directly on each other, forming extra, irregular bony growths that can compress spinal nerves. Bone spurs can also develop as the soft discs between vertebrae become thin and collapse with age, which narrows the space between vertebrae and pushes on spinal nerves.

Bulging or herniated discs

The soft, squishy discs between spinal vertebrae cause pain when they bulge or rupture (also known as ?herniate?). That?s because a disc?s ability to serve as a shock absorber for the spine ? promoting easy movement ? deteriorates when it protrudes or leaks, pushing on nerves in either the cervical or lumbar spine. A wide variety of factors contribute to bulging or herniated discs, including genetics; the normal aging process; severe trauma, such as a car accident; heavy lifting; an unhealthy diet; being overweight or sedentary; and alcohol or tobacco abuse. About 9 in 10 cases of bulging discs occur in the lower back.

Other conditions potentially treatable with endoscopic foraminotomy, which relieves many causes of pinched nerves, include foraminal stenosis, a narrowing of the canal through which nerve roots branch off from the spinal cord; failed back surgery syndrome; and spine degeneration.

Surgery Offers Many Advantages

For all these causes of compressed nerves, endoscopic foraminotomy has become an increasingly widespread option to help patients experience maximum pain relief with minimal downtime. During the brief surgery, a series of small tubes of increasing size are inserted into a small incision, enabling surgeons to view the problematic nerve root in the neck or lower back. Once surgical tools are in place, bone or tissue compressing the nerves is removed, and the incision is closed with just a few stitches.

In just a few hours, patients return home and are soon able to resume all their previous activities, with one big difference ? the pain that may have accompanied them for months or years has subsided.

?It?s a true minimally invasive procedure,? Dr. Liu says, ?and doesn?t even cut through muscle fibers in the back. The advantages to endoscopic foraminotomy are too numerous to count, but include no hospitalization, minimal or no blood loss, and a quick recovery. Patients are thrilled that their pinched nerves have been eliminated and they can move around comfortably again.?

Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with three locations in New Jersey in West Orange, Edison and North Bergen.

Kaixuan Liu, MD, is a board-certified physician who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive spine surgery at Atlantic Spine Center.

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The Long Dark Twee-Time of the Soul

As you probably know, I have a bit of a complicated relationship with the PTA moms. Not moms in general, mind you, just the small subset of Pinterest loving, glue-gun wielding domestic lifestyle experts whose expectations I can never, despite my best efforts, seem to live up to. It doesn’t matter what school we’re at, it happens every time. First it was the art project/pooper scooper incident in kindergarten. Then it was the Have a Very Agro Valentine’s Day episode. And now it’s crudite, crudite that torments the soul.

It started simply enough: an email asking for volunteers to bring in food items for the teachers this conference week. I looked on the sign up sheet and put my name next to crudite: veggies and dip. Easy, I thought, a quick run to the grocery store for some carrot sticks and dip and done.

I forgot where I was.

(Not two weeks ago, I found myself in the midst of a malestrom for the fifth grade Halloween party when all the room moms got together and asked the parents to bring in food. I asked my class parents to bring in pretzels and fruit. The other moms showed up with cookies shaped like rotting fingers with almond nails and jelly blood, and eyeball eggs with veins hand-painted on with food dye. My pretzels were shoved under the table.)

So now, a few minutes after signing up for the veggie tray, I received an email instructing me to be creative!  which is always concerning. To illustrate her point, the organizer included this helpful photo:


As to what our vegetables should aspire to be.

Now at this point a normal person would laugh and say, “OK, lady,” and bring in a tray from Costco, but unfortunately I still have the sin of pride to contend with on a regular basis, so I instead spent the afternoon standing in line at the grocery store watching YouTube videos of Martha Stewart blanching asparagus. Three hours of cursing later, with piles of peeled burnt chestnuts and carrot shavings dripping out of my hair like Jackson Pollock on a bender, I came up with this:


This is the dogged tenacity that makes people like me get through vet school even when all indicators point to the “why?” factor. We can’t explain it. We just have to.

I shared this with my friends, and they all got a good laugh out of how silly it was, and then later in the day my friend in Ohio sent me a link and said, “See? You’re not alone.” It was a photo of some artfully arranged food items a group of mothers had arranged for their teachers.

It was, upon further inspection, a photo from my very school from earlier in the day. It had already made the Pinterest rounds and ended up in Ohio, where my friend saw it and sent it to me as an example of Moms Gone Styled. I scrolled through it, looking for my contribution.

Notably lacking? The crudite. They were apparently so lackluster as to have not even rated a Facebook photo, and when I returned to pick up the dish I found they had been shoved in the corner in order to make way for some gluten free turkey wraps with hand-whisked dressings in, of course, Mason jars.

At this point, even a not quite normal person would just give up, which is theoretically what I should do, but it’s become clear to me I live in a parallel universe where I am destined to almost-quite get it, over and over and over, but not get it entirely. This is why I am a veterinarian, the almost-quites of the medical field.

So you know what? I’m embracing it. This afternoon I decided to go on a Pinterest binge and make a little Pinterest and dog-friendly crudite platter my way. Hope you enjoy it.


A bright autumn day, full of promise and gently whispered secrets amongst best of friends, calls for sustenance.


Lovingly hand-extruded kibble, with ingredients sourced from local artisans in an organic human-grade facility in Portland by men with bushy beards. In a Mason jar.


We end our afternoon in the garden of delights (it’s water friendly succulents! We’re eco friendly here in drought-parched SoCal) with hand-cut carrot bones from the local CSA, mint from the garden, words of wisdom from the dog sketched in canine-friendly peanut butter hand ground at Whole Foods. And of course, no pet garden of delights would be complete without the coup de grace:


nitrate free ham roses.



You saw it first here, folks. I’m waiting on sponsors for a YouTube tutorial but I think a ham bouquet is a lovely thing.

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