Climbing Everest or finishing the Iditarod—which is more difficult?

In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished what many people thought impossible — they scaled Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth. Besides all of the things that would keep me from trying an Iditarod run, climbing Everest also involves avalanches, lack of oxygen, falls from peaks, and instant death. Add to that the fact that I get altitude sickness on a stepladder and don’t like standing in line. Although the climb gets safer…
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Meet Wura.  She’s an 11 year old long-haired dachshund I met at the Fete du Citron in Menton.  She was being carried around in her owner’s bag as dogs are not allowed in the Jardin Bioves.

Wura lives in Holland.

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Last time we met Marley, an adorable French bulldog puppy.  This is her housemate, Pakkun, who is 4 months old – a handsome chocolate labrador. They live in Monaco.

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Latest Plaque News

Brain plaque buildup tied to Alzheimer's found in young adults
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Lozano Long and Benson plaque unveiling, 03.06.15
USE THIS PHOTO UT President Bill Powers kisses Teresa Lozano Long, who along with her husband Joe Long, left, attended the unveiling of plaques in honor of Teresa Lozano Long and Nettie Lee Benson at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and …
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macgriff2-lgFirst graders at Cambridge Elementary School in Jefferson, Vt. have a special incentive to practice their reading skills – it’s furry and snuggly and often falls asleep during the story.

MacGriff, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever, helps encourage the kids to read, offering calming, non-judgmental company.

According to local news station WCAX-TV, MacGriff and his owner Barbara “Scotty” Grigat, have been coming to the school every Wednesday the past four years to offer their assistance to kids of all reading levels. They spend about six hours with the kids.

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Save 20% in PawZaar Weekend Sale!

To celebrate the weekend, we’ve got a special 20% off sale on all PawZaar merchandise including dog-themed jewelry, cookie cutter collections, books, dog walking bags, and more! To use the…

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GBK to Honor the 2015 Academy Award Nominees and Presenters with a Luxury Lifestyle Gift Lounge

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

GBK ( – the celebrity gift lounge and special events company, will host their signature gifting lounge on February 20th and 21st from 11am to 6pm in Beverly Hills. Celebrities and guests will enjoy a wide range of refreshments and trend-setting products, with music provided by GoodBoy.

Featured sponsors include, an assault-response application (app) and service for IOS and Android mobile devices. Designed to be easy to use, quick to activate and reliable, the app is an invaluable personal protection resource. Tap … record, get help, take control.

On the health and beauty front, guests will enjoy a range of health, wellness, beauty and fashion including: Dr. Jamie Sands ? Cosmetic Dentist, gifting a comprehensive dental exam and an in-office professional teeth whitening; Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna, providing skin polish, hand cut soap bars and natural spa products; DermaSet 3D Anti-Aging Renewal Treatment, an all-in-one anti-aging cream; exclusively developed new basicare beauty kits from basicare; Eustachi, a drug-free exerciser that helps clear your ears when traveling or fighting colds and allergies; a full range of hair products from Jonathan Hair Care; and L.A. Star Greens ? Perfect 10, the world?s first certified organic blend of the top 10 superfoods ? made in Europe for beauty inside out.

Adding some fun to the lounge include products from MY M&M?S

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Play ball!

This playful Boxer belongs to one of the shop owners along Larvotto Beach in Monaco.  I had to keep putting down my camera, throw the ball for him and then try and take a shot as he rushed back for more! He was so friendly, I didn’t want to leave.

As you can see much of Larvotto is boarded up against possible bad winter weather, but there are openings for for anyone who wants to have a swim or sunbathe.


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Two things people always say when a pet dies at home and other DeathLord lessons

Life is weird in lots of way. Things happen for a reason, and you have to kind of be open to what life’s going to throw at you because you certainly aren’t going to expect most of it. Even the good stuff. Especially the good stuff, which is often hidden in bad stuff.

When I go to a house for a euthanasia, people invariably say one of two things:

1. This must be so hard.

2. I wish we had this for people.

The answer to both is “I agree.” The interesting part is that they co-exist.

Lots of things we deal with in life are rotten: losing an eyeball, I imagine, would be hard. Crawling through the Amazonian rainforest naked and afraid with no water. Chaperoning a group of fifth graders on an overnight field trip on a boat you can’t escape from. All of them hard, and none of them leading me to say, “gee, I wish I could replicate this experience for my family and loved ones.”

Death is hard. It can also, in certain circumstances, be good. Not always. Sometimes deaths are horrible and tragic and cruel, and when we see that we fear it, and forget that many times it can also be meaningful and loving and bittersweet. We need to cherish those experiences to give us the strength for the times it is not. We need to learn that we can talk about it and lean on each other and be there, really be there, in every way we can.

This is what I do as a hospice vet, and while it is very true that this is in my opinion the best way for a pet to experience death, I have found the ones who benefit the most from the experience are the people, not only for their pet but for their whole idea of what death is about.


Pets don’t know what death is or that it is coming. The fear they exhibit in the clinic euthanasia appointment is fear of the clinic thermometer, because when I go into a home to euthanize a pet I cannot tell you how many very ill pets look up, give me a wag and a lick, and in essence signal to their families that they are ready. It’s quite stunning to see.

When I submitted a talk for Ignite San Diego titled “I’m the Angel of Death, Now Gimme Your Kids” I think I freaked out a good 95% of the attending audience who had no idea who I was or why I wanted to steal their dumplings. By the end, though, I think they all realized that no, really- it’s a good thing to learn to move forward without fear. Pets teach us so much, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave us. Yes, even then, if we are open to seeing it.

If you want to hear me sum it up in 5 minutes on the nose, here’s the link:

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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