Holiday Greetings through Evite

For the Christmas holiday, I sent a cute animated kitty cat ecard using evite. I sent them also for my sister Valerie and my friend Joyce.

I sent out the following:

Joyce – 25 cards
Valerie – 73 cards
Me – 98 cards
My reps – 12 cards (first-line only)

I reminded everyone that we set them up as wholesale customers so they get 20% off if they log in, and I gave them the website and my phone number. Evite keeps track of who opens the card so I want to see if this is effective and will also be interested to see if there is an increase in orders.

I am using evite to send Thank Yous after each and every order, as well. It’s all part of my customer service goals for this next year.
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A Scotsman, a bulldog and a blonde walk into a spa…

I’m having one of those months where I think everything important is weeks and weeks away, and then all of a sudden it’s coming up tomorrow and I am caught completely unaware. It’s feast or famine ’round these parts. Take the last two weeks, for example.

So. Two weeks ago, I went up to Los Angeles to shoot a segment for ABC’s The Lookout. It’s part investigative journalism, part consumer reporting, and part entertainment. My segment: costly accounting mistakes. Kidding. It’s about dogs.

More specifically, the segment investigates the American willingness to spend billions on our fuzzy companions. The setup sounds like the setup for a joke: A Scotsman, a chihuahua, a Leonberger and a bulldog walk into a dog spa. But seriously, that is what they did. ABC sent veteran journalist Nick Watt into the poshest dog spa I’ve seen in my life with three dogs and an array of some of the more, shall we say, over the top items available for dog owners.

nick

In addition to meeting Nick- he is as funny in person as he is on his segments- I had the pleasure of meeting some really lovely people who actually made me miss living in LA, including the fantastic Matt from Zen Dog. There is nothing more amazing than watching a good trainer who knows dogs communicate with them beautifully.

matt

Yes, the dogs got to ride in the limo.

My job in this segment is to provide objective commentary on the utility of items such as doggie highchairs and Poop Freeze. As you all know, providing commentary on things like Poop Freeze is pretty much why I exist, so if you want to see how this all turned out tune in Wednesday the 17th at 10 pm on ABC.

And then report back to me on how I did, because I have no idea if I was fine or horrifying. And I won’t even get to see it for an extra week, because Wednesday I fly to Ecuador for a World Vets trip and I won’t be back until the 25th. I’m not complaining that I’m doing that, far from it, but it caught me unawares since I committed to it several months ago and promptly forgot until the trip leader sent out an introductory email with the subject: ONE WEEK TO ECUADOR! and I commenced panic mode.

otovalo

 

Otovalo is about 8000 feet up in the Andes, a big change from my trip to Peru and Granada, both at sea level. I’ll be one of several vets participating in World Vets’ 4 times a year high volume spay/ neuter campaign.

World Vets entered into an agreement with the municipality of Otovalo: we will come, we will be there regularly and we will bust our butts and do hundreds of surgeries in a few days’ time. And in return, you promise us you will not poison dogs as a method of population control. It has worked out very well and I can’t wait to get to see it first hand.

From dogs in limos getting dog-friendly pawdicures to a makeshift spay clinic up in the Andes in three weeks’ time. I don’t know how I wound up getting to do the things I do either, but man oh man I do love every minute of it.

Even the Poop Freeze part.

 

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

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Kirk Kimmerling DDS Announces Official Partnership with Marietta Vet Clinic


Marietta, GA (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

Marietta dentist and Kennesaw dentist Kirk Kimmerling DDS has officially announced a partnership with the neighboring Marietta Vet Clinic, Julian Peckich DVM, Marietta veterinarian in order to better fulfill patient needs. The goal of the partnership is to create a better ?one-stop-shop? health experience for patients who want to keep up with their own health and their pet?s health at the same time. Patients who visit Kirk Kimmerling DDS for their dental health needs can leave their pets with Julian Peckich DVM at the Marietta Vet Clinic while they receive their dental treatment, ensuring their pets receive health services at the same time.

The idea for this unity came about organically, as many patients who visited Kirk Kimmerling DDS were referred to the Marietta Vet Clinic, and vice versa, and these patients expressed their regret that they had not known about the close ties between the dentist office and the vet clinic in advance. Since the Marietta Vet Clinic has recently opened next to Kirk Kimmerling DDS in the Verde Pointe Condominium Association, the partnership is physically close as well.

?It?s a no-brainer to officially join forces with the Marietta Vet Clinic,? says Dr. Kirk Kimmerling, the primary dentist at Kirk Kimmerling DDS. ?We already serve many of the same patients and families?it seemed only natural to make our unity official. The Marietta Vet Clinic is devoted to pet health, and Kirk Kimmerling DDS is devoted to oral health, so it makes sense that we would want to team up to protect the whole family.?

Drs. Kimmerling and Aguilera are cosmetic dentists in the Marietta and Kennesaw area with a focus on bringing healthy smiles to the whole family. Dr. Kimmerling?s office is one of the premier dental offices in the state of Georgia, drawing a patient base from all over the metro Atlanta area, especially the Kennesaw and Marietta area. Drs. Kimmerling and Aguilera offer routine cleanings, cosmetic dentistry services, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and a host of other dental services, and are always thrilled to welcome new patients.

Marietta Vet Clinic is a pet clinic and cat clinic providing affordable veterinary services such as puppy vaccinations, kitten vaccinations, dog vaccinations, cat vaccinations, general wellness exams, spay and neuter clinic, pet surgery and sick relief. The Marietta veterinarian offers veterinary services at the clinic and as a mobile animal clinic. Julian Peckich DMV is a cat veterinarian and a dog veterinarian. It would be the great pleasure to welcome new pets.

Kirk Kimmerling, DDS and Suzanna Aguilera, DMD are Marietta cosmetic dentists that are literally paving the way for the future of dentistry. The office is technologically sophisticated in not only equipment and procedures, but also developing dental materials via Kimmerling Holdings Group, LLC and fiteBac SkinCare, LLC, Dr. Kimmerling’s biotechnology firms. The office maintains 13 operatories, each of which is equipped with a display monitor on which digital x-rays and intra-oral pictures can be examined, and patient education videos can be viewed. The office also employs highly advanced technologies, including: (1) Logicon, a program that can digitally measure the extent of tooth decay, which allows detection of 20% more cavities and helps prevent misdiagnosis; (2) ?Collimators,? a conduction of x-ray tube heads that decrease radiation exposure to the patients and staff by 5-fold; and (3) iTero, an advanced restoration impression system and digital scanner that produces more accurate restorations than traditional methods. The overall well-being of each patient can also be improved by adding a DNA salivary test, which allows the office professionals to better determine a patient?s specific risk of periodontal disease as well as certain types of oral cancer. The office is the first to use fiteBac SkinCare Germicidal Hand Softening Gel, an advanced hand sanitizer without the harshness to skin from traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Drs. Kimmerling and Aguilera invite new patients to meet their exceptional staff and experience and benefit from state of the art dental care. The office offers a broad range of services from teeth cleaning, teeth whitening to veneers and Marietta dental implants and Marietta root canals.







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Anon 9:18 Thank you for your comment. Agreed that…

Anon 9:18

Thank you for your comment. Agreed that it's very important to stay sensitive when discussing tragic accidents in a public forum.

This one does evoke strong emotions because, days after the event, the media's chosen sources and presumably the family too have decided that the dog's breed is to blame. It may be a long while before it's understood that even dogs that have been friendly can be set up to fail very badly, regardless of breed. The family has chosen to go public with a statement which you can watch in this news video.

http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_23510096/union-city-mother-boy-fatally-mauled-says-dog
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The Exquisite Pain of Impatience

You know how when you plan a vacation for a year, it’s all well and good but the last week before you go is torture?

It’s kind of like that.

I have this bottle of Dom in the pantry. I got it for my wedding in 2001.

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I haven’t touched it all these years, not even for any of the following occasions:

  • 1st anniversary
  • 10th anniversary
  • birth of first child
  • graduating vet school
  • buying house
  • selling house

But next Tuesday, I might be opening it. I might be celebrating the culmination of something I have been working on for months now (but really much longer than that); or, if it falls through, I’ll be sadly putting it back into the pantry, lonely and abandoned. But I’m hoping that’s not the case. I hope on Tuesday I’ll be posting a picture of me and the champagne flute and I can tell you about something I’m kind of frothing at the mouth over.

This is going to be a long week.

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

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Little pink blankie

That thing? That Tuesday thing I’ve been fretting over for weeks/my whole life? Is now a Wednesday thing. No one in the universe is more anxious about this than me, but in case you were wondering why I haven’t posted any pictures of me popping a cork yet….yeah. But in this case, a one day delay is fine and I PROMISE I will explain everything then.

And in the meantime, a story.

On Friday, I told my colleague Dr. B, for whom I am now working once a week, that I would go to appointments with her to get a feel for how one manages the flow of a day when you are going into people’s homes, putting their beloved pet to sleep, then taking that pet away. It’s a little different than how one does it in the office; you’re not in an environment you have control over, you have no techs in the back to help you if you can’t hit a vein, and the owners are standing right next to you the entire time. I am convinced this is better for owners but, as you can imagine, the first few times doing this alone is a wee bit nerve wracking.

I thought the day would be mostly about the technical aspects of the process- which vein is best? What is your sedation protocol? How do you bring up the subject of payment? And while all of that was necessary and good, I also watched Dr. B and how she interacted with families. She is very, very good at this. After doing it for as long as she has, she doesn’t need to concentrate on the mechanics of where to put the tourniquet or the best angle for placing a butterfly catheter in the lateral saphenous. Muscle memory will come with time for me as well. But compassion memory is a combination of instinct and observation.

Uncharted territory

There are things you learn in school and things you do not. As I tried to explain to my husband when he looked at me with utter bewilderment as to why I was so nervous the night before, this is different. I have minimal training in grief counseling. Some people hate the Rainbow Bridge poem. Some people want to pray and others want to leave the room. And no matter what happens, I need to remain ever the buoy as the tempest of an awful event swirls around me.

Everyone is so very different in how they want to have the event happen; most of the time they don’t even know themselves what they are going to want. So you follow cues: talk a little first. Hurry up and get it over with. Give me a minute. I want a hug. I want a handshake. I want you to get out of here asap.

So you observe for those minute cues and hope you’re doing it right, and just kind of trust your instinct when it comes to how to respond to certain events, things that don’t go exactly the way you want, or questions you’re not certain you should say the answer to. This particular job is as much an art as it is a science. Obviously some people are more adept at this than others. I’m trying my best.

Towards the end of my day with Dr. B, as we were talking over her protocol, she paused thoughtfully and said, “You know, I’m wondering if I should bring a little drape to put over my hand so they don’t have to see the catheter.” Little things like that can be very nice.

I liked the idea, so before I had my first day on call by myself, I went through my linen closet trying to find a suitably sized cloth. All I could find were dishtowels or hand towels or facecloths. I didn’t like any of them. Better luck next time, I thought.

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I forgot how soft these are.

And as I turned back to the washer, I saw a little pink blankie neatly folded, by itself, peeking out from under a box of cleaning supplies. It was my daughter’s baby blanket, one of those little waffle weave ones with satin piping. She lived in it for 6 months, swaddled tight.

I thought I had gotten rid of all of them months ago; I’m not sure how this one managed to stick around or why it was randomly on top of my washer- we’ve only been in this house since December, so it worked its way there somehow. I put it in the car, just in case I thought it would be helpful.

At the end of a visit yesterday, I put it on my lap and then tucked in the little pup, like I had done to my daughter for so many years. And the words just came out: ‘This was my daughter’s baby blanket. It’s filled with a lot of love.’ I don’t know if they needed to know that, or if it mattered, but I hope it did.

I hope when the dust settles and her owners look back on an awful day, what will remain is not the memory of a syringe, but the image of their dog bundled up by someone who knows how much they loved her.

It only works because it’s not cynical. If it ever becomes that, there’s my cue to stop.

 

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Living With and Training Assistance Dogs

NEADS Graduation celebration

Graduation at NEADS!

I don’t need to tell you that dogs and humans share a special bond. Many species work alongside us, and many species live with us, but dogs occupy both of those roles like no other animal on earth.

Assistance dogs take that role to an entirely new level though. These dogs help people with a wide range of disabilities while quite naturally becoming their companions too.

In Another Language, Portraits of Assistance Dogs and Their People author Jeanne Braham, along with photographer Robert Floyd, present twelve oral histories from people that work with or are partners with assistance dogs. These deeply personal stories provide you with a unique window into the bonds that form between the dogs and the people working and living with them.

Bob Swain and Waldo

Bob Swain and Waldo

The combination of Mr. Floyd’s photos with first person stories bring you right "into the room" with the book’s subjects as they tell you their story. I was initially (as in before I started actually reading) a little put-off at the idea of oral histories since I have read books in the past where that format didn’t really work for me, but in this book it really is perfect. I have read plenty of descriptions of the work that assistance dogs but these individual stories, told in the first person, convey the impact these dogs have on the storyteller’s lives in a uniquely personal way.

The book centers around National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). NEADS trains assistance dogs for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, people with balance and stability issues, people with a physical disabilities, combat veterans in need of assistance dogs, teachers, ministers and therapists, and children on the autism spectrum and or with physical disabilities. The majority of their dogs are also initially trained by inmates in New England prisons. (How cool is that?)

Puppies from NEADS

Suzanne Goodwin with her puppies.

Most of the interviews are with people who have dogs from NEADS, but several of the people in the book are also employees and volunteers, including a great chapter from a breeder of Labradoodles who is donating a dog (the first of her line) to NEADS at the time of the interview. As well as interviews with trainers and program administrators.

Beth Lewis, a psychologist who both teaches and also still does therapy, works with Grace. Grace was bred for assistance, but orthopedic issues made her unsuitable for service. However, NEADS staff was able to find her a very productive role in help Beth in her work. Grace’s story of how she has undergone multiple surgeries while still helping Beth in her practice is both fascinating and truly inspirational.

Jake Liptak is an inmate handler and has raised three puppies as of his interview. He explains how inmates are able to enter the program and then provides us with an interesting rundown of what behaviors the puppies are trained for.

NEADS program has had to change the past few years with the very large number of veterans returning to the U.S with serious injuries. Sheila O’Brien, who joined NEADS in 1978, worked her way to CEO in 2009, and then left that role to work as a director with America’s VetDogs explains some of the history of NEADS’ assistance program for combat veterans and how their program had to adjust to the veteran’s different needs. In that same chapter there is also an interview with veteran Kevin Lambert.

Another Language, Portraits of Assistance Dogs and Their People is more than just a book about assistance dogs. It's book of stories about the dogs, the people, and the programs that make up NEADS. Together these stories come together to reveal a larger story of how these dogs bring different people together to help each other, whether they came to NEADS for a dog or to work with a dog.

This is a book that belongs on the shelf of any dog enthusiast. Go get it!

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