Yay for Friday!


Gracie knows how to live in the moment!

Next week, October 12 – 18, 2014 is National Veterinary Technician Week

  • Veterinary staff – How do you say ‘thank you’ to your veterinary technicians?
  •  Vet techs – What makes your day extra fun, hard, rewarding?
  • Clients – Have you had an opportunity to see a vet tech in action or learned something from a vet tech?

Share your story, appreciation, and tips for celebrating vet techs in the comments below or on the AboutVetMed Facebook page for possible inclusion in an upcoming article celebrating vet techs on the About.com Veterinary Medicine site. Thank you!

Vet techs hard at work, inserting an IV catheter in a dog for IV fluid administration.

Vet techs hard at work, inserting an IV catheter in a dog for IV fluid administration.

Crow Show

I have had many chickens over the years, including several roosters. I love their showiness and protectiveness of their flock. All of them have been nice, except… this one. Shep was lovingly hand-raised, not sure where he developed such extreme bravado that he feels he needs to jump anyone who dares to come too close.

He is always strutting his stuff.


He will appear to mind his own business, but he is always lurking, waiting. He scratches and carries on with all of his busyness, showing off just how showy he is.


My cat Barnie loves to go outside, so I purchased a harness so we could go for “walks.” He comes running when he sees me grab his leash. He loves these outings! This fine sunny morning though, he had reason to pause.


A new audience! Shep got right on that. He immediately came over, ready to show Barnie (and me, for the eleventymillionth time) how important he is.


Here is a video of Shep being “busy” as Barnie approached.

It was a careful introduction. Barnie really wasn’t too interested, but Shep demanded attention.


In the end though, Barnie had one thing on his mind.

Dust bath!

Purl Celebrates National Dog Day

It is hard to keep track of all of the pet-related ‘holidays’ these days. Today is National Dog Day – apparently the 10th annual day of dog love and celebration.

Feeling Festive

Purl decided that a day as big as National Dog Day called for her best finery.


The first thing I see in the morning.


Wearing a drape on her head doesn’t seem to bother her in the least.


Ahem – you can stop laughing at me now.

I will say that Purl dressing herself up in the curtain was a LOT less work than the reindog hats.