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Dog friendly vacations – Before taking your pet with you ask yourself: what is in it for my pet?
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Pet Owners Say Dogs Shouldn't Have Died After Spaying At Animal Clinic

Pet Owners Say Dogs Shouldn't Have Died After Spaying At Animal Clinic
Eve was a four-year-old red Doberman Pinscher who went for a routine spaying at the Calumet Animal Clinic in early February. Gerrie Harris says the vet phoned the morning after to say Eve had died. Shocked by the death of her healthy dog, Harris turned
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Illinois aims to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores
“We've been working for years to educate consumers about the pet store-puppy mill connection and many people still have not connected the dots. Pet store puppies are bred in the cruelest conditions you can imagine with no regard for the health and
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For Pets' Sake: Osteoarthritis, part 1: Treatment begins with search for
Maintaining your pet at a healthy weight is the first step in managing OA and often is more important than any medication. Sadly, up to 80 percent of pets in the U.S. are considered overweight. Many owners believe that weight loss is impossible in
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Are computers, dogs and dead people taking over the voter rolls?

It seems that every snafu today is blamed on computers. A hapless computer who couldn’t defend itself was blamed when 8-year-old Zeus the Rottweiler was given the right to vote in the forthcoming British election on May 22. Zeus’ owner, Russell Hoyle, 45, from Norton, Stockton-on-Tees couldn’t believe it when the voting card addressed to Zeus Hoyle came through the mail. Said Russell, I can remember when the people came round to do the census…
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Barrel Banter and a Whole Lot of Taco Talk

Barrel Banter and a Whole Lot of Taco Talk
While there were Surf Tacos popping up in Point Pleasant, Manasquan, Seaside Park, Red Bank and Belmar, we still couldn't get a damn piece of fish in a tortilla from October to May, which is fairly unheard of in any beach town, anywhere. You had to
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Shark kill zones prompts a different kind of sea change
A few months ago Andy Corbe was the director of a company providing maintenance services to offshore oil and gas companies; now a regular day begins on the ocean before the sun is up. He and his wife Laura sold their business in December, made plans …
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Vet Supply Source Spring Sale on All Pet Products


Wixom, MI (PRWEB) April 29, 2014

Online Pet Supply retailer Vet Supply Source has reduced its prices on pet medicines and supplies on every product they sell.

The company is a leading vendor of popular pet products such as Heartgard and Frontline flea and tick products, diabetic supplies, vitamins, and other medications for cats, dogs, horses and other animals. Vet Supply Source offers a wide selection of brands, sizes and products, along with personalized customer service and personnel to help pet owners choose the right products.

Jill Metz, a veterinary product sales specialist and spokesperson for the company, explained, ?With springtime finally arriving, concerns such as flea and tick season, pet allergies, and other health issues for pets make it necessary for pet owners to spend more on medications for their beloved pets. We at Vet Supply are pet owners ourselves, and are very aware of the wide range of health concerns our pets face.?

?We know first-hand the importance of taking care of our pets? health, but we also know it can be an expensive prospect for many pet owners. We are constantly evaluating our pricing and have taken this step to ensure that our customers have an affordable, convenient alternative to obtaining their pets? medications and other products.?

Vet Supply Source offers easy online ordering for pet owners, and medications and supplies are delivered right to the customer?s door. An on-line chat function enables quick answers to pet owners? questions, or customers can call the company?s toll-free number if advice is needed. The site includes an active blog with plenty of tips to keep pets active and healthy, and a newsletter that offers specials and items of interest to customers who treat their pets as a member of their family.

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Vet Supply Source is a division of J & B Medical Supply Co. Inc. The company was started in Michigan over 10 years ago after their regular customers expressed their desire for a reliable source for purchasing veterinary supplies. Vet Supply Source supplies their customers with veterinary medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceutical products for highly competitive prices. The site also offers customers free shipping for certain products and competitive pricing on every item in stock. For more information on Vet Supply Source, visit http://www.vetsupplysource.com or call (866)-471-5538.







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33rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Where do you go if you’re a diva Bulldog with aspirations of being named the most Beautiful Bulldog? Why, Des Moines, Iowa, of course! Sports Illustrated is reporting on the 33rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog contest. This event is held each year as part of the celebration surrounding the Drake Relays. The most Beautiful Bulldog from […]


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Class of 2014: 5 steps to loving your first job

We’re about one month away from colleges and universities turning new grads loose on the world, a day of joy and, if I recall correctly, complete, abject fear. 2014 is a rough year to graduate vet school. In my day (cue Dana Carvey Grumpy old man voice), back in the middle of the dotcom boom and a perceived ‘veterinary shortage’, the world was at our fingertips, a lush green forest ripe for the plucking.

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Now new grads are being forced upon a Dune-like landscape filled with such ominous portents as 3x higher suicide rate than the general population, decreased consumer trust, massive student debt, not enough jobs, colleagues who look suspiciously at your abdomen for signs of possible uterine occupation before deciding whether or not to hire you. Here you are, fresh faced grads. Can we get a sad trombone?

barren landscape of hawaiis big island in the volcanoes national park

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Well that’s kind of bleak, isn’t it. Kind of like the veterinary profession itself, these are two snapshots of the same place- in this case, Hawaii- presenting two extremes of what is possible. Most of your time is spent existing somewhere in between. The key to success here is to remember that neither is the land in which you will likely live; do not fear that barren and bleak is forever, and accept those moments of plenty as a gift rather than a life expectation.

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You are Bilbo Baggins. You are about to go on an amazing adventure, like it or not, and there will be trolls and spiders as well as angry humans and lots of long recitations of poetry. You will also find good things and good people along the way, and treasure at the end which will probably look nothing like what you envisioned it to be. I asked myself what 5 things I wish someone had said to me when I was spit out of Davis with a new labcoat and no clue, and this is what I came up with:

1. Don’t stress too much about finding the perfect first job.

It’s a starter job, like a starter car and your first apartment. If you get lucky and it’s the job of your dreams and you can see yourself staying there forever, great. If it’s a horrible job with a screaming boss and techs who walk around looking like they could kill you with mind bullets, take heart in the fact that you are still learning: learning what not to do. And you’ll have better party stories (trust me).

2. Accept that you are going to make some mistakes.

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One of the smartest people I know quit the profession one year in because she couldn’t handle not being perfect. I get it, we’re perfectionists who like to map out every destination on Google maps complete with images of every turn. However, we live and function in an imperfect world, where it often feels like you’re driving in heavy fog with a linen blindfold and two people who are supposed to be navigating arguing in the backseat. You may drive off the road here and there. That is what being a new grad is like. Hopefully you will have a decent team to help you navigate, but if not- see point 1.

3. Be OK with the fact that a few  people are going to hate your guts.

James Herriot ruined us all for this line of work, didn’t he? He taught us that even the grumpiest clients will eventually come around, and he taught clients that the barter system is still alive and well in this field. Neither are true. Some people are going to be nasty and mean and do their best to try and make you cry, quit, or vomit. Stop wasting your energy on trying to make them happy and focus instead on the many wonderful people you are going to come across, who will outnumber the horrible ones.

4. The Golden Rules never, ever go out of style.

Say please and thank you more than you think you need to, even to the grumpy people. Especially to the grumpy people. Don’t complain about work or clients at work. One, walls are thin and clients are often sitting in there with nothing to do. Two, it encourages everyone to go down that toxic drain and eventually the topic is going to be YOU. Third, the person you’re complaining about will most likely have what you said in confidence repeated to them verbatim. Expect it. Awk-ward. Be kind, even when your mind is screaming like Animal. P.S. This goes double for the internet. Repeat after me: There Is No Internet Anonymity. Again, trust your old Auntie V on this one.

5. Be selfish.

You’ve worked a really long time to get where you are, and now the expectations are going to get even more intense. When I say, “make time for yourself,” it’s not a feel-good sort of Oprahish platitude, it’s me grabbing you by the shoulders and saying “I beg of you to find a hobby and insist on indulging in it because you will go insane if you don’t.”

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Conquering a mountain doesn’t have to be quite this literal a metaphor, but seriously- sometimes you just need to leave your life, your job, your little kids, your diabetic poodle behind for a couple days and go above the clouds. It works and it’s OKAY.

Whatever it is you give, it will never be enough for some people. Draw your own lines, make your own limits, and do not let others do it for you. We are in a profession that takes a lot of emotional energy out of you, and this time is vital to recharge. Travel, if you can. Remove yourself from that place where you feel like the world can’t go on without you to put out every fire because, honestly, it totally can. Human first, vet second.

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”  -Gandalf

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

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Cool Treat images

Some cool treat images:

Festive Rice Krispy Treats
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Image by Smaku
I had a craving for a Rice Krispy square, so I went out and made some. With the festive cereal comes a nice mould that you can use to shape your treat. I got the snowman.

Trick or Treat Bag – Frank
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Image by Wendi Gratz
This is one of a three designs for a pattern for trick or treat bags. I love how his unibrow looks!

More info at wendigratz.blogspot.com/2011/10/spooky-trick-or-treat-bag….

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Boutchette and Galinette

Sometimes a girl just to have something large and warm to snuggle up to! 

Boutchette, the Basset Hound acts as a comfy pillow for her housemate, Galinette, the Shih-tzu. These two belong to the fabulous Restaurant Beausejour in Gorbio.
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Dog Trail: Poetry, sheer poetry

People often email me things in the hopes I’ll share them: contests, stories, pictures, YouTube videos that tickled their fancy. Sometimes I share them, when I know it’s something you would enjoy.

I love to write poetry and I think you all know that. I even have a tag: “Bad Poetry.” My poems are bad, but lovingly crafted. I know this. But the other day I opened an email from a writer, a real live good one, and it was just beautiful and I think you all would really like it. It’s about a black labrador. Here’s a snippet:

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On our hill there was a trail to the moon.
Our black dog found it, beat it into the ground with his paws.
It could be supposed that he hated moons,
that his ferocity was more than dutiful,
but we’ll never know.

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Literal Latte to read the whole piece. Then tell me if you loved it as much as I did! A + + + + + + +

Shared for no reason other than a love of a beautiful turn of phrase.

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