Vets Shouldn't Have Puppies
on Wednesday December 9th, 2009 at 05:01 AMI would like to point out, to people who might not be aware, that when you visit the veterinary hospital you are in the presence of trained professionals. The staff that greet you - nurses, receptionists and vets - are people who spend over 2/3 of their lives among animals - sick and well. We are qualified to recognise even the most subtle of detail.So, please forgive me if I'm not quick to
on Wednesday October 14th, 2009 at 01:26 PMDont let Fionn off his lead. Katie says, holding the dog at arms length. Get the door. Hurry.Hey, not so close. I say, dodging his jumps confident that Katies giving him more lead for my benefit. Get out, Im not touching him. He stinks.Okay, she says smiling, just open the door and Ill run him up to the bathroom.At the top of the stairs our little yellow dog is in full panic.
on Monday August 31st, 2009 at 03:55 AMThere are times - not too many, mind - when a client arrives at the clinic with a companion animal and you (as their vet) are confronted with a situation that can be as awkward as it is dangerous or, at the very least, tricky. You stand opposite a person who refuses to allow an involved evaluation of their pet because it may be upsetting to their animal and, as a consequence, to themselves.
on Wednesday August 12th, 2009 at 05:16 AMIts time to move house make our way to The North. Theres an opportunity to start fresh, somewhere new; look to unfamiliar horizons, embrace change. More importantly, its a time to pack up everything, and chance upon all the hidden spots in my home where the cats have been sick, in secret. Today, activity seems to have been mostly behind couches. To me, its inconceivable how Phoebes done
on Thursday July 30th, 2009 at 06:55 AMOkay, lets take a look at Peter Pants. I say, tapping the top of the exam table with my hands.Hes a very nervous cat. The owner replies, with furrowed brows.I understand. I say, in my most soothing voice. Its a pretty scary place. But I need to examine him, so lets just take a look.Okay hows that?Um, a bit difficult.Alright, how about now.Not quite there. I say, watching
on Tuesday July 28th, 2009 at 01:54 PMThere are few opportunities to see the humor of our pets so accurately and with such perfect candor. 'Simon's Cat' is the funniest thing on YouTube since 'Charlie Bit My Finger' and 'Johnny Sunday'.Simon's Cat' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rb8aOzy9t4&feature=channel'Johnny Sunday' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjqAEFo96jU'Charlie Bit My Finger' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_
on Saturday July 18th, 2009 at 05:46 PMIve found that a pets worth is measured and defined by 3 things: How friendly she is with people, how he responds to other dogs and what she can do? Its a simple formula. Where does your special someone fit into the equation?I used to be among those who felt dogs that responded too readily to commands were imbeciles tied to overbearing owners with control issues. I grew up in a household where
on Sunday July 12th, 2009 at 02:36 PMI couldnt get back to sleep after the 3am rousting.Id let Fionn out and hed galloped outside to do his business. When he came back in, he went back to the kennel with little fuss. I lay down with him for a few minutes until he settled again, before I crept back to bed.Upstairs, I lost all impressions of sleep forgot where Id left it last. My mind spun with cases from the day before, things
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