A New Place to Hangout

Do you ever have the feeling that you are one step behind everyone else? I do. And, in this case, it’s true. I received an email from the dog-loving team at MyWebRoom.com at the beginning of this month but only acting on it now. I wish I had a great reason for my delay, but the truth be known, this is typical for me.

A Peek Back

I was invited to be part of the Pawsome Penthouse room at MyWebRoom. (More about that project here.) To take a look around, I had to sign up. As far as I can tell, this is a visual space where you can collect and curate images and links, similar to my Pinterest page, but a more visual environment. My room does not have anything ‘stored’ in it yet, but it was fun looking around.

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Top 5 Pet Site Picks

I was asked to blog about 5 favorite pet-related websites. I visited so many sites writing for about.com for 16 years – lots of change and growth during that time.

Here, in no special order, are 5 of my favorite pets sites.

1. Companion Animal Parasite Council

I love parasites. Or rather, learning about them. Parasites, as many pet owners can attest, are a pain (or itch!) to deal with. This site has great information about pet parasites life cycles, how to keep them off of your pet, and any relevant zoonotic* information that we should be aware of. This site is for both veterinary professionals and pet owners, including a separate site for pet owner topics.

*parasites or diseases shared with humans

2. American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

AAHA is an organization that accredits veterinary hospitals. The AAHA site has a plethora of informative articles and links for both veterinary professionals and pet owners.

From the About AAHA page:

To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care.

and

Today, nearly 3,500 practice teams (12-15 % of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada) are AAHA accredited.

3. Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

This page may look a little dated, but it was at the forefront of pet information (Shockwave!) on the web when it was started in 1997. Authored by Wendy Brooks, DVM dABV and updated often throughout the years, this site is a treasure trove of pet health information.

4. Romeo the Cat

Romeo and his sidekick Pugsley, two rescued Persian cats, live the good life with their human “Chief-of-Staff” Caroline Golon. Caroline was one of the first pet bloggers I met, and I think she is pure genius. She cares deeply about homeless and shelter animals everywhere. Through Romeo’s blog, Golon has raised $85,000(!) to date — funds used to help thousands of animals. She is my role model whenever I feel overwhelmed with all of the animals needing homes and help. One person (and two cats!) really can make a difference. Meet Romeo, Pugsley, and Caroline. XO!

5. Pawcurious

Another pet blogger (also a veterinarian) who I met in real life, Dr. V — author of Pawcurious. She is just as funny in real life as she is on her blog. Like Caroline, Dr. V is someone who cares deeply about animal health, rescue and adoption, and most recently, hospice and end-of-life care. She asks thought-provoking questions and poses eloquent viewpoints.

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New Day

On this day back in 1999, my veterinary medicine site went live on About.com. That was 112 dog-years ago, and about.com was known as The Mining Company. The Internet was a baby back then, Google hadn’t even been born yet.* I learned a lot during those years, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people – online and in real life – during those years.

Now it is time to move on.

It was tough and took many weeks of pondering, but I made the choice to start fresh and refocus. I have many ideas in the works and that in itself is energizing. In the meantime, I guess I should figure out how LinkedIn works.

Watch this space for new pet posts, articles, and photos. Thank you for all of the wonderful support at about.com over the years!

Here is my goodbye newsletter from Veterinary Medicine @ about.com.

*Update: My dear husband just informed me that I made a mistake. Google was born September of 1998. I started training at The Mining Company in December 1998. I stand corrected. Google was not on my radar during those early days. Alta Vista, anyone?

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