It’s not what it looks like

Someone said this to me the other day: “You have such a glamorous life.”

And I laughed, because I assumed it was sarcasm, but she said it with such sincerity that I paused and said, “Really?”

And she said, “Oh, you know, maybe exciting is a better word- all the travel and….well, the trips and stuff you talk about.” She paused, tilted her head to the side, and realized she was talking to a person holding a grocery bag full of mops and Zero Odor. I was, in fact, on a trip as we spoke. To the grocery store. Which has been the  extent of things lately, as tends to happen sometimes.

It was ironic to me that the person chose this day of all days to make that statement, because this is perhaps the least glamorous day I have had in some time. Apollo has been engaging in some marking behavior the last few months, and if there is one thing that turns my normally mild-mannered spouse into the Hulk, it’s the acrid stench of cat urine in the entryway of the house. Can’t say I blame him. So here we go again, off on a cleaning spree and figuring out what has so disturbed Apollo’s little kitty-brain that he sees no other option than to back on up to the nearest wall and let loose.

The offending area was easy to spot, a Niagara of urine splattered on the wood of the front door, pooling underneath and soaking into the grout and the tile. A lovely way to greet new neighbors, by the way.

I mopped it, dizzy with the fumes.

I mopped it once, I mopped it twice, and still not smelling very nice, I went ahead and mopped it thrice. Even then, it was no dice. My feelings then were not so nice.                                    -Dr. ScrewLoose

After about 18 rounds of attempting to clean the area, including liberal doses of Anti Icky Poo, I could still smell it. I wondered if perhaps there was another area I was missing. I got out the blacklight and investigated the entryway, but if you are anything like me I have no luck with that unless it’s already pitch black in the house, and who wants to clean at midnight? So I went old school, sticking my nose to the ground and trying to ascertain if there was an errant area I was missing in my cleaning attempts by olfactory input.

Did I mention I have a glass door that looks right into our entryway that you pass on the way to the front door? It’s pretty private, which means you have to be in the middle of walking up to the door to see anything, which means of course that any time I’m doing something I’d rather not have witnessed, someone invariably shows up.

There I was on all fours, nose pressed to the ground sniffing like Scooby Doo looking for a Scooby snack with Brody dutifully trailing behind, when I heard a polite cough from the region of the front door. This seems as good a time as any to mention I had just gotten back from a run and didn’t see the point of showering before cleaning up cat pee, so I was in stinky gym clothes and my hair pulled back in a sweaty ponytail while I crawled around smelling my floor. I pushed up to my hands to see the UPS man trying hard to look anywhere but inside the door, well aware that I was probably going to be “sight of the day” at the UPS locker room this evening.

I took the box and shut the door. Sometimes explaining “It’s not what it looks like. I was just sniffing for cat pee” is not the correct answer.


So there you have it. The glamorous life of a veterinary writer looks a lot like the life of any person with a grumpy cat, bad timing excepted.

If there are any small favors in life to be thankful for, it’s that I was discovered by the UPS man and not, say, the neighbor kids who already have one story too many to share about the weird lady on the corner.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Comfort Dogs for Boston

It’s been 2 weeks since the attacks in Boston, and all of the facts are still being gathered.  One aspect that PetsitUSA is especially interested in is the comfort dogs that visited Boston.  The simple acts of having a dog present or hugging dogs can help victims feel better.  The Lutheran Church Charity K-9 Comfort Dogs were available to help during the week after the attacks.  Comfort dogs can be sent across the country.  They were also in Texas after the recent fire.  Some great pictures can be seen in the following articles about comfort dogs:

K-9 Comfort Dogs

Boston Magazine

The First Lutheran Church of Boston


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Nice Oral Hygiene photos

Some cool oral hygiene images:

Oral Hygiene Smurf – Front
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Image by Jacobunny

Oral Hygiene
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Something to consider…

Remember, Pit bulls don’t kill people. People who mistreat pit bulls kill people. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Grace when feeling in a slump

I was reading this daily devotional from Waterbrook, Inspired Newsletter and it goes: The devotional really got me to thinking about those days when we just seem to not feel like reading our bible…..studying our memory verses…do we really want to do that study today? Ever have those days? Days like that…it might be a…

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What A Boston Terrier Driving Through Brooklyn Looks Like [VIDEO]


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Why walk through Brooklyn when you can drive instead? Watch as Mac the Boston Terrier commandeers a VW Bug (…the flower vase on the dash was a giveaway) and cruises the streets of Brooklyn. Now all he needs is some ironic suspenders, a scarf and a waxed mustache and he'll fit right in.

source: Anthony de Virgilio


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K9 Scrub Club, San Francisco Dog Wash Announces Company Office

San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

K9 Scrub Club, San Francisco’s premium dog wash and online pet boutique officially announces the opening of their company headquarters in San Rafael, CA.

They opened their first retail location for dogs and their people in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods in November of 2011. Creating a pet store like no other, they took what other pet store owners often times consider an add-on service (a self-serve dog wash) and made it the focal point of their business.

“We wanted to improve on the dog wash experience and take it up a notch from what we experienced with other dog washes in the city and in other parts of the country. By focusing on the ease of the experience – to creating a fun, colorful space that people would want to come back to, we pride ourselves on being the best and are constantly looking for ways to improve,” said Jason OHara, one of the company’s Principals.

The second most important component in their store is the product choices that they carry. With super premium brands like Orijen, Acana, Fromme, PLAY, West Paw, Greenies, K9 Advantix and many more, they work to carry only the best products for dogs and cats and change their product offering often to keep up with trends and advances in the pet industry.

Deciding to open the company office was the next step in growing the company’s ecommerce business and creating a space for the team to plan the next phase of the company’s growth. They chose San Rafael because of its proximity to San Francisco and where it fit with their plans for the next locations.

The company office is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and is located at 1050 Northgate Dr Suite 1050, San Rafael, CA 94903. Appointments are typically encouraged, but walk-in customers, vendors and visitors are welcome.

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Red Husky Aurora

Blue eyed, red Husky Aurora


Beautiful, blue eyed red Husky Aurora. ‘Can you spare some of that sandwich anytime soon mommy?’

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A Soldier’s Know-How Pays Off: Man Leads Rescue of a Dog Trapped on a Hillside in Hawaii

For two days, residents who lived in the Aliamanu Military Reservation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu heard barking — faint, plaintive barking, which needled their souls. 

Divina Rocco and her family couldn’t take it anymore.

“The dog sounded like it was in distress,” she told, “and it was distressing us.” 

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Her husband, Roy, and a bunch of neighborhood boys headed up the hill to look for the dog. They found nothing other than a lot of wet, dense, dangerous Hawaii hillside. They came back down. Roy couldn't let it go. He hiked up two more times alone, but again couldn't find the dog -- just more of that sad, lonely barking.  

"He kept trying to think of different ways and he couldn't sleep because it felt like he really needed to rescue that dog," Divina said.

The next day, Roy and Divina hiked up the other side of the mountain and got lucky -- they spotted the dog. He was stuck on a ledge, on the side of a hill on the military base.  

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They dutifully called the military police, who called animal control. That set off a chain of events that went ... nowhere. Apparently, no one had the proper equipment to do the rescue.

"They pretty much gave up on it," Divina said.

Roy didn't. He was a solider himself. He got some some fellow soldiers from Schofield's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, got some rappelling gear, and hiked up the hill. They saved the dog themselves.

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Soon they were all safe on the ground. The dog -- a girl -- was fine, just a little shaken and hungry. 

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"She's in good condition, thank goodness," said Divina. "I was really extra worried about her because last night it was raining cats and dogs all night long." 

The dog was transferred to the Hawaiian Humane Society, and unless an owner comes forward, she'll be available for adoption. Thanks to her news exposure, she probably won't have much trouble.

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"I think the dog was probably really scared and would have just stayed there and probably starved to death," Divina said. "It breaks my heart to even imagine an animal or any creature to go through that."


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Connecticut Periodontist Dr. Richard Amato is Changing the Way Patients with Gum Disease in Monroe, CT Receive Gum Disease Treatment with Laser Surgery

Monroe, CT (PRWEB) April 27, 2013

Dr. Richard Amato is a Connecticut periodontist who is trained and certified in using Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) for the treatment of gum or periodontal disease. This treatment protocol utilizes specially designed lasers that have been cleared for use by the FDA. Only a very small percentage of dentists in the United States has the training to apply this advancement method for gum disease treatment.

There are millions of adults suffering from gum disease in this country. Many have not sought treatment for various reasons, the most common reason being a fear of the traditional treatment methods that use scalpels and sutures. With LANAP eradication of the disease can occur with less bleeding, pain or discomfort, as well as a shorter down time for patients. Patients who allow gum disease to progress without treatment will usually have major dental issues that could lead to loss of teeth. Additionally, these patients are more likely to be diagnosed with debilitating illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, coronary artery disease and diabetes, according to scientific studies.

Understanding the procedure may help some patients decide it is time to seek treatment. With LANAP the periodontist examines the patient to determine whether he or she is a good candidate for the procedure. The periodontal pockets are then measured, and the PerioLase MVP-7 laser is activated to remove bacteria and the gum tissue that has become diseased. The remaining tissue and the bone are not harmed by the FDA cleared laser. In fact, the bone is stimulated by the laser to regenerate which can help to strengthen the jaw. No scalpel is needed because the laser is up to 95 percent effective in removing the diseased tissue.

Patients undergoing LANAP have reported minimal discomfort or pain. Many patients are able to return to work later in the day after the procedure has been completed, so down time is short. Gum disease treatment is an important component of oral health. People interested in learning more about gum disease and LANAP can find information at

Dr. Richard Amato is a periodontist offering patients personalized dental care for Monroe, Connecticut since 1989. Dr. Amato received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook University where he was awarded the School of Dental Medicine Department of Periodontics Award for Excellence in Periodontology. Dr. Amato completed a specialty post-doctoral residency and received his Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics from Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Amato and his dental services visit his website at and call (203) 712-0917.

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