Sonoma County Animal Services’ public shelter remains open to the public but no adoptions will be allowed today. The Shelter’s additional cleaning and decontamination efforts from recent cases of the canine parvovirus are ongoing. The Shelter will open for adoptive services once all dogs are cleared and it is safe to adopt out dogs.
Every profession includes things that we’d rather not talk about; unspoken secrets, deep and dark, and attitudes or events that make us shake our heads in disbelief. The foundation of the veterinary profession is the care and concern of human beings for the animals in our lives. This human-animal bond is the source of the richness and depth of emotion that we receive from the animals with which we live.
I got a nasty email recently. Someone had taken exception to the rules that all veterinarians are required to follow. This, in the writer’s estimation, made me a money-grubbing thief who wanted to mistreat his pet and cared only about collecting my fee. At issue was the requirement that no prescription can be refilled if the patient has not had an examination within the preceding twelve months.
“One can hardly believe his eyes as this jewel flashes from a thicket, crosses a space of common air, and disappears again all in a trice. Either there has been some optical illusion, or nature has grown unco careless to fling her turquoise about in such fashion.” William Dawson, The Birds of California - 1923
I freely admit that I am not a fan of fleas. In my defense, I point out that I do not discriminate. I abhor blood sucking insects of all kinds. I am not flea-o-phobic: I have equal enmity for ticks, mosquitos, lice, scabies mites, biting flies, and all other insect forms that make a habit of sucking blood or feasting upon living flesh. Did I mention bed bugs? I detest them too.
There. I said it! Pain is BAD. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad! Pain is bad for the body and bad for the soul. Pain hurts! Pain takes the joy out of life. Pain creates misery. It’s no fun.
Meet Ralph. He’s a hangin’ out, used to be feral, half an ear chopped off, cool cat kind of guy. Ralph lives with Carol and Tony, but he’s really his own cat. Ralph has friends, that’s all, friends with benefits (regular meals and a warm place to sleep). He’s a good boy, but kind of shy. Ralph gets along, an’ he don’t start no trouble with nobody.
Rant Warning! The veterinary hospital is a constant source of life lessons on how NOT to behave. It’s Bob. Again. We all know Bob: He’s Dick (from the Internet)’s brother. You know the guy: Bob drives a huge truck and tailgates you mercilessly when you’re going 35 in a 25 zone.
More than 100 people entered our contest for Pets & Wildlifephotos. We judged in 7 categories:
Pets: Furry, Feathered & Finned
Wildlife: Furry, Feathered, Finned and Scaled (the latter loosely interpretted to include insects since both fish and amphibians have scales!